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!

 

 

 

 

**Disclaimer: All information shared on Naturalista4me.com is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your physician about any medical concerns you may have.

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Baking Soda For Hair or Nah

Baking soda for hair use? You have to be kidding me!

Well, it is the truth. Baking soda has many uses from deodorizing, insect bites, poison ivy , heartburn, indigestion, sunburn and more. When I first heard of using baking soda on my hair, I actually got excited about it and began to do more research. I visited YouTube to see how other naturals were using it in their hair care regimens and came across one video that caught my eye in particular.

This method of usage is called the Cherry Lola Treatment. The  Cherry Lola Treatment was developed in 2009 by natural hair blogger Cherry Lola. This treatment is great for the reduction of frizz.

The recipe consists of:

  • 2 parts yogurt- for conditioning
  •  1/2 part baking soda- aids in lifting the hair cuticles making the hair porous.
  • 1/2 part liquid amino acids

The yogurt acts as a conditioning base while the baking soda helps to lift the cuticles. At the time the treatment was developed, the purpose of the liquid amino acids(AAs) was not known. This was an experimental concoction. I love combining things myself to see what works!  Ultimately, Cherry Lola experienced a reduction in frizz and an increase in moisture absorption. Once she shared her results, other naturals began to try it and many said it worked great for them.

This concoction is very similar to the first step in the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM). That step is called the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment.

You can read a step by step guide on this method here:

Maximum Hydration Method Detailed Regimen

My experience with this method was great! I have low porosity hair so this means that my cuticles lay flat and tight around the cortex. Because of this, it makes it a little more difficult for me to moisturize my hair. Incorporating baking soda into my regimen helps the hair to be more porous. Some low porosity naturals say the use of baking soda works great and then there are some who would not touch it with a ten foot pole for various reasons. That goes back to how everyone’s hair and preferences differ. Whatever works on one person may not work for the other.

I wanted to achieve a wash and go and just like many others I thought it was impossible with my hair type/texture. Boy was I wrong! I did the MHM and was able to achieve a wash and go for the first time.

Check out my MHM video review: Maximum Hydration Method| Wash and Go Review

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I was excited to be able to wear a wash and go and at the time I was a student at a beauty school in Kennesaw, GA. My classmates and teachers asked me what did I do to my hair and I shared this method. I am going to be honest and say that a wash and go is far from washing my hair and going. Many think that is all you have to do but no, nah and NOPE!

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Use On Children

Can baking soda be used on children? Absolutely. I have a daughter who suffered from dry, itchy scalp. She would scratch her scalp so bad it would bleed. If I were to part her hair to put cornrows in it, you would eventually see her scalp bleeding from where she had been scratching. I decided to incorporate baking soda into her hair care regimen as well as apple cider vinegar.

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My daughters’ afro!

I know how it feels to have to deal with itchy scalp and I also used the same combination on myself.

Why does this combination work?

Baking Soda is an alkaline and aids in balancing the ph level of the scalp and hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic and aids in conditioning the hair as well as balancing out the ph balance of the hair.

 

These are the steps I took:

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  2. Apply the baking soda mixture to damp hair to the scalp area. I used a toothbrush to massage it onto the scalp in a circular motion. Don’t judge me, it’s a life hack!
  3. Rinse out with warm water.
  4. Follow up with ACV rinse ( 1 part ACV + 3 parts water)

 

Woolah! You are set. I also began massaging her scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. JBCO has anti fungal effects, kills bacteria and increases blood circulation in the scalp. What an amazing combination!

She has not had anymore problems with itchy scalp and neither do I!

Also read:

Grow Your Hair Faster With Oils

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What do you think about using baking soda in your hair care regimen?

Is it a nay or yay for you?

 

 

Grow Your Hair Faster With Oils

In the land of oils! 

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Our scalp naturally produces an oil called sebum. I have noticed that the looser the hair texture sometimes the oilier the hair can be. Why is this so? Oil travels down the strand of the hair to naturally moisturize it but for those who have kinkier hair, it makes it difficult for oils to get down the hair strand.

I came across some interesting videos on YouTube University (that is what I like to call it) of women who do water wash only. This encourages the production of sebum and the water assists with distributing the sebum down the strand of the hair.

If you are dealing with dry scalp you can incorporate oils into your hair care regimen.

Let’s talk about some of my favorite oils for healthy scalp and hair growth!

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a penetrating oil and can be used to help relieve dandruff. Combine olive oil with lemon juice and it will help loosen the dandruff flakes and the oil itself moisturizes the new layer of skin. It also helps to reduce split ends and tame frizz. I personally apply olive oil to my hands before unraveling twist outs and Bantu knot out hair styles.

Due to its’ thickness, it can be used as a sealant.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil contains a lot of vitamin E. Use this oil in a hot oil treatment to add shine. The great thing about this oil is that it is non- greasy! I know I am not the only one who is not in favor of having greasy hair.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a penetrating oil that is accepted easily by the scalp. The next time you are shopping for coconut oil, pay close attention to the labeling. There is refined and unrefined coconut oil. What does this mean? Refined means it has been bleached and deodorized. Unrefined means it is unfiltered without any additives. Unrefined is definitely the route I like to go. You can also apply unrefined vs. refined when it comes to shea butter products.

Coconut oil can assist in fighting off dandruff. It adds shine and helps prevent split ends.

Almond Oil

Moisturizing the scalp with sweet almond oil  provides hair with strengthening vitamins and magnesium at the root of hair, which can aid against excessive breakage.

Almond oil helps to stimulate the scalp therefor increasing hair growth. I also notice that it adds shine to my locks!

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is considered a Wax Ester. Wax Esters are relatively similar to the oil our skin produces naturally. When applied, it helps to balance the production of oil. It can be used as a strong hair conditioner.

I like to incorporate this oil in my pre pooing process or just use it as often as I need. It is not a thick oil and is accepted by the skin easily. This oil is able to remove hair residue and moisture hair follicles resulting in strong healthy, growing  hair.

Using this oil can help your hair cells reproduce at a rapid pace. You can add this oil to your shampoo and conditioner.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican black castor oil is my absolute favorite oil, hands down! I have been using JBCO since I have been on my natural hair journey. I incorporated it into my regimen to thicken my hair and grow fuller edges.

Jamaican black castor oil increases hair growth, thickens hair, deeply conditions and moisturizes the scalp and eliminates dry  hair . It also contains an antifungal so it can be used to relieve dandruff.

There are many brands available so pay close attention to the labeling to see if the oil is pure or mixed (diluted). Rooted Treasure castor oil is one that I personally use and it is undiluted, no salt added and is a product of Jamaica. There isn’t anything added and it is great quality.

It is thick so it does not require much when applied.

These are the oils that are a part of my hair care regimen as well as what I use on my daughters.

Check out this video:

How To Grow Your Hair Faster Using Jamaican Black Castor Oil

 

What are some of your favorite oils? What works for you and what doesn’t?

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Transitioning to Natural Hair Made Easy

My head is too big to start from a low cut!

Maybe you don’t think your head is too big (like I did) but for whatever reason you do not want to whack it all off just to start your natural hair journey.

So, you have decided that you are ready to let go of your addiction to creamy crack and begin transitioning back to your natural hair. No worries! You do not have to big chop unless you want to. I personally chose to transition because I was not ready to start from a very low haircut. I ended up cutting my relaxer off a year later after many days of aggravation from working with the two textures and ain’t nobody got time for that.

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My styles were more difficult to achieve because I had to disguise my relaxed ends the best I could. My husband cut off  my relaxer with clippers and I ended up with a low cut anyway. It wasn’t a fade but low enough.

I felt all kind of ways. It was almost like a weight had been lifted.

How do you transition back to your natural hair?

Step 1:

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STOP relaxing your hair and coloring! This is a given right? Wrong! Some ladies continue to relax their edges to keep a “neat” and “slick appearance” while in transition and/or continue to permanently dye their hair.  Relaxers are only going to continue to weaken the hair and the edges usually are the first thing to thin and go. Permanent color may require “lifting”  also known as bleaching and this too weakens the hair, causes dryness issues and will prolong your transitioning process.

Step 2:

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No heat, no heat! You must become #teamnoheat. There are many who flat iron their hair to blend the curly texture with the straight (relaxed) hair. You should try to disguise your ends by incorporating different styling options. Excessive heat can result in heat damage therefor prolonging your transitioning process.

Step 3:

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Strengthen your hair with protein treatments and deep conditioner. You must began immediately taking special care of your hair to prevent breakage that can and most likely will take place due to the two texture differences.

Step 4:

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Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Do your best to prevent your hair from being dry. Dryness results in breakage therefor prolonging your transitioning process.

Step 5:

3cb8590cd9ae8c38ae6bd5dd90517ab4Incorporate protective styles to decrease hair manipulation. Buns, roller sets and braids are a few great styling options but be mindful of too much tension that can cause Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is hair loss due to tension.

Once you began loosing hair due to extensions and other hair style options, you will find yourself in a cycle where you will continue to do “cover ups” to hide your hair loss. This results in more hair loss and constant coverage.

 Step 6:

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Trim your ends as often as you like to remove the relaxed ends until you are comfortable enough to completely remove it all.

Share your transitioning and/or big chop experience. How did you feel? Share your big chop experience.