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This is a fantastic documentary about the beauty supply industry and the attempted shut out of Black owners by Korean owners.  I live in the Atlanta,GA and I make sure that whenever i’m in Marietta to work with a hair client I go to Atlanta Beauty Depot.  Its a black owned beauty supply store on Cobb Pkwy.  If you know of any black owned beauty supply stores in your area, no matter where you are, that you would like us to support here at healthylocsblog.com please leave the name and contact info of the store in the comment area below.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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Loc Maintenance

by HealthyLocs on August 19, 2014

Maintenance for natural African American hair is important. We take pride in our hair, and the best way to show how much we love our natural locs is to develop some type of hair maintenance routine. Now, we can search Google all day and watch many YouTube natural hair gurus break down their hair regimen; however, I’ve learned over the years that what works for  some may not work for most, so it may take some trial and error to get a maintenance routine that works best for you. No matter the methods and products you use to maintain your healthy  locs, the heart of every loc maintenance routine begins with moisture.

Remember, our natural hair is a kinky garden, and with any garden you have to keep the roots moisturized. The methods in which you choose to keep your hair moisturized is completely up to you. Our hair doesn’t have to be washed everyday; however, you can retain hydration by simply keeping your scalp lubricated using your favorite natural hair friendly essential oils and conditioners. Because I’m a low maintenance kind of guy, my go-to hair pick me up is a combo of a few essential oils mixed with purified water in a spray bottle. My little concoction allows me to hydrate my scalp, all while working in my favorite oils to condition my locs. If you must wash your natural hair in between appointments, you could try co-washing..

Co-washing means to wash your hair using conditioner instead of shampoo. Co-washing your hair allows you to keep your hair clean without stripping your natural hair of the good oils that keep your locs feeling healthy and soft. Make sure to use conditioners that are natural hair-friendly and free of any ingredients that add to the build up you’re trying to lessen while cleansing your locs. Most conditioners are detanglers, so you have to be careful using conditioners with ingredients that aid in detangling your locs. Another route is to wet your scalp and locs, then saturate your head with a few essential oils, such as coconut, put your hair up in an insulating shower cap, wait for about 45 minutes to an hour, then wash as much oil out as you can. This way, your scalp is lubricated and your locs have been penetrated with enough oil; all you’re doing is washing out the excess oils. To finish off your loc maintenance is the fun step of styling, specifically protective styling.

So, you’ve gone through your tried and true hair regimen, but you’re in between appointments or you just don’t feel like trying to retwist all of your locs, what can you do? Well, there are many things you can do! Your hair is feeling lovely, clean, and soft, so you have a kinky playground to do as you wish. For me, I usually just ponytail it, then wrap it all into a tight awesome ball, then tie a durag or scarf around the rest of my dome. No fuss, no muss. I’m good to go to sleep, go to the gym, go to the store, etc. If you’re feeling inventive, go for some Bantu Knots or do a few hanging braids. Really, protective styling is all about keeping your natural hair protected from the perils of Mother Nature when you just don’t feel like letting your locs flow free, especially during those colder months. If you should want your natural locs to flow, but have some new growth that needs tending to, only re-twist the more noticeable locs, leaving the the rest as is.

Maintaining healthy locs can be simple and fun. A few key things to remember is to keep your scalp moisturized and your locs hydrated. Make sure to use essential oils or natural hair-friendly conditioners to aid in moisture retention. Keeping your hair styled in a protective manner will reduce any type of damage due to weather as well as lessen the amount of debris that may accumulate within your locs. Finally be proud that you have developed a personalized maintenance routine that suits your needs and your hair just fine.

– Kevin L. Tarver

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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Best Products for Locs

by HealthyLocsJuly 7, 2014

The best products for healthy locs doesn’t have to be name brand products you find at a high end beauty supply stores. Even those top products may contain not so loc-friendly ingredients may do more harm to your hair than good. You can achieve healthy locs using simple and affordable products that benefit your locs […]

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My Loc Extension Journey

by HealthyLocsMay 2, 2014

We all know how fun, or not so fun, it can be transitioning our loose natural tresses to a fully loc’d form. It takes a lot of hard work, and most importantly, it takes patience. However, with everything in life, we tend to want things instantly with little to no hassle whatsoever. Basically, if we […]

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The Essentials You Need: Natural Hair Tools Of The Trade

by HealthyLocsApril 16, 2014

So you’re loving your natural hair, but it could do well to have a little daily moisture and maintenance to keep it as fabulous as possible. Well consider our natural hair care essentials list the next time you head to the beauty supply store. Remember a small batch of products sure does go a long […]

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Natural pain relievers are underused for chronic muscular pain and joint problems

by HealthyLocsMarch 25, 2014

Many conditions associated with chronic pain involve the musculoskeletal system.  Myofascial problems and joint swelling are chief among them.  There are several forms of arthritis that can lead to debilitating pain in all areas of the spine, as well as the various joints of the arms and legs. Joint pain, myofascial pain, arthritic pain and […]

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Sea lettuce may help fight prostate cancer

by HealthyLocsMarch 24, 2014

Men are generally very fearful of being hit with prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society notes that other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer which American men suffer from. Approximately one man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Doctors Health Press reported on Sept. 30, 2013,“The Weird Thing That […]

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Love for Nyraju !

by HealthyLocsMarch 17, 2014

Big thank you to one of my clients Belinda for this glowing review of our Nyraju hair care products !  If you have used our  products (hair care, skin care or body care) and would like to share your story, please email me at healthylocs@yahoo.com and include a photo Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs Nyesha Samuel, […]

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We need books celebrating black kids’ hair!

by HealthyLocsMarch 13, 2014

African-American children’s books are a growing area of publishing, but we need even more selections for this burgeoning market — particularly black children’s books that celebrate black kids’ hair. Why? A harrowing experience was inflicted on my son when we tried to access basic black children’s hair care services — at a black establishment. The day […]

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Breastfeeding support scarce in Black communities

by HealthyLocsMarch 13, 2014

Very few of the maternity wards that have won a seal of approval for providing breastfeeding support are located in communities with a significant population of African Americans, a Women’s eNews analysis finds. Breast milk is the most local of all foods and one that can have an outsized impact on the health of mothers […]

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