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Natural Hair Maintenance: How To Care For Your Natural Hair Using The Best Ingredients

When you pose for a picture with your big afro looking all glam like a queen or a king, there’s nothing more regal. Now, that’s the part everyone wants to see, but as someone who carries natural hair, we know that it is not easy to maintain natural hair. It requires a lot of love and attention that might seem too demanding, especially if you’re just starting your natural hair journey. In this article, we will highlight some key ingredients that can help maintain your natural hair and keep it healthy.

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Best Ingredients to Consider

Water: no matter your hair type, the number one ingredient for healthy hair is water. You need to keep your hair moisturized. This means that you should be drinking enough water daily; eight glasses are recommended per day. Always apply clean water directly to your scalp and hair. Here are few tips for maintaining a habit of applying water to your hair; don’t skip wash day, have a spray bottle, use water for detangling, and avoid using hard water. Water keeps your hair hydrated, thereby, reducing dryness which makes it difficult to retain hair growth.

Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free Shampoo And Conditioner: most shampoos and conditioners contain sulfate and paraben. Sulfate is added to your shampoo to create lathering, while paraben is a preservative. However, sulfate is known to clog pores, while paraben can cause hair challenges such as irritation, dryness, and hair loss. So, you see, it’s better to completely avoid using shampoos and conditioners that contain either or both ingredients. Several haircare companies and particularly black entrepreneurs make shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfate and paraben. Always read the detailed ingredients on a shampoo/conditioner bottle before buying. Or you can make DIY shampoo and conditioner.

Vegetable Glycerin: This ingredient is a humectant, which means that it serves as a moisture sealer. Once applied, this product will trap and retain the moisture in your hair shaft, and will create an oil layer on top of your hair. This is a great product for naturalistas who are living in areas with a humid climate. You can use vegetable glycerin with water or mix it with aloe vera.

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Carrier Oils: besides the numerous benefits of carrier oils to your hair, carrier oils are useful for diluting essential oils to reduce their concentration before applying to your scalp or hair. Some of the common carrier oils you can add to your hair care products include; coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, Argan oil, avocado oil, castor oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, moringa oil, etc. While they’re all carrier oils which means they serve the same basic purpose, don’t overlook their unique properties and benefits. Make sure you research a carrier oil before using it to get the best result.

Essential Oils: essential oils serve as a facilitator for hair growth. Essential oils are extracted in such a way that preserves most of their beneficial component in their potent state. You should definitely add a few essential oils to your hair care products. You can choose from the following; lavender oil, thyme oil, chamomile oil, ylang-ylang, rosemary oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, etc. Like with carrier oils, essential oils contain unique properties and benefits, hence, you should research before using one.

Note that you have to dilute your essential oil with a carrier oil before applying it to your scalp or hair because, as we hinted, essential oils are quite potent.

Shea Butter: shea butter is a superb hair care product. Shea butter is an emollient that contains fatty acids, therefore, once applied it will create an oil layer on top of your hair and seal moisture. Make sure your shea butter looks either almost white or pale yellow, but not bright yellow, very white, or any other color because that means it’s too processed or spoiled. Your shea butter can either be firm or soft, but know that you easily melt it if you want it in a liquid state. Apply directly to your scalp or hair, or mix with essential oils.

Aloe Vera: aloe vera is an ultimate skincare and haircare product. It contains natural enzymes that can balance your scalp’s pH, stimulate your hair follicles, and retain moisture. You can add aloe vera to your shampoo and conditioner. You can also massage aloe vera juice directly into your hair, leave for 45 minutes, and rinse out.

My 2021 wish for you is fuller hair and beautiful shine!

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Writer for

Natural Skin Care

In today’s society where beauty is considered to be plastered on with what looks to be 10lbs of makeup, how do you maintain beautiful skin naturally? The answer is very simple… meal planning and water. I know that sounds like it’s too good to be true. What you put in your body comes out through your hair, skin and nails. So make better decisions on what you eat and drink.

Meals that are well balanced and heavier on vegetables will give your skin the glow you’ve always wanted. I mean did you really think that fried foods, cakes/pies and sodas was going to have looking flawless like Beyonce’, Rhianna or Kim K.? Ensure that your meals include a spectrum of the rainbow. Colorful meals not only look good on a plate but they also provide an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that will aide in beautiful skin naturally.

Take a moment and think of your favorite plant or flower. Now would you nourish that plant or place those flowers in soda or juice? So why do you feed your body those overly sweetened drink? The key to elasticity in skin is consuming plenty of water, at least a gallon a day or as close to it as possible. Keeping hydrated with water significantly reduces the aging process, which curtails wrinkles and saggy skin. Combine with a regular exercise routine and you can look young forever.

Now for those of you that have indulged in unhealthy eating habits and your skin shows it by means of acne, scars and etc. there are some topical remedies that will help. But first you MUST adhere to advice that was aforementioned in order for it to work.

Keep the following items at home as they will help to achieve radiant skin and reduce the visibility of scars:


  • Fresh Lemons
  • 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Raw Honey
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Turbinado Sugar

By mixing a combination of these ingredients you will notice smoother, blemish free, glowing skin, which will almost eliminate the need for any makeup.

Lemons are acidic and have natural lightening affects. By applying fresh squeezed lemon juice to scars on a regular basis, it will over time lighten scars and blemishes.

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Tea Tree oil is antibacterial and will help to alleviate acne. Tea tree oil MUST be diluted with a carrier oil such as JBCO or coconut oil when applied to the skin. Best result when used at night before retiring to bed. Or it can be applied then steamed into the skin with a hot towel.

JBCO is used to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It provides a amazing moisture to your skin and aides in keeping that youthful look.

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Coconut Oil has a ton of uses and its antimicrobial. It provides a light UV protectant from the sun.

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Ground cinnamon when mixed with turbinado sugar and raw honey will give you natural looking pink lips. Not only that but it will make you lips softer and more kissable, so pucker up and scrub away! Blend ingredients with fresh lemon juice to lighten dark lips.

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Greek yogurt contains natural bacteria that will reduce inflammation and the severity of acne breakouts. It is an alpha hydroxy acid that will exfoliate dead skin cells. Mix with honey and lemon juice to lighten and moisturize at the same time.

These tips, will over time, work with consistent use to give you that “I woke up like this” look, naturally. Eventually you will reduce the need for makeup and be beautifully you from the inside out!

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

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Turn back time by avoiding these foods that age your skin

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to prevent them. While plenty of us spend lots of money on creams and cleansers, the best place to find anti-aging products is in your grocery store or garden. What we eat is just as important–if not more so–as what we slather on our skin.



Nourishing our skin from the inside out can help beat the clock. And just as some foods can help slow the effects of time, other foods can speed up our skin’s aging process, contributing to wrinkles and sagging.

What keeps skin looking healthy: Oil and collagen

Your skin is important; it’s actually your body’s biggest organ. Our skin is coated in a layer of natural oils that protect it and lock in moisture. As we age, the oil production slows down, and skin cells lose the ability to repair themselves as easily. Our skin’s reserve of collagen–a type of protein that keeps skin firm, elastic and youthfully plump–also begins to run low, making skin thinner. And thin skin wrinkles more easily than thicker skin

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#INTHEBLACK campaign started by African-American media companies to illuminate black buying power

In a historic show of unity, leading African-American media entities are uniting to bring awareness of black buying power to large advertisers and general audiences through the #INTHEBLACK campaign, which launches today. “We’re bringing together leading media and advertising enterprises that serve African-American communities to showcase ways black consumers are growing in market influence, and to provide companies with greater opportunities to meet the needs of this valuable community and grow their businesses,” Derek J. Murphy, General Manager, Multicultural, of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, told theGrio about this groundbreaking endeavor.

The #INTHEBLACK campaign will highlight the fact that African-American spending reached a massive $957 billion dollars in 2010, and that blacks’ buying power is projected to reach $1.2 trillion by 2015. Noted trendsetters through their consumption, African-Americans comprise only 12 percent of the U.S. population, yet consistently outspend all ethnic groups in several key categories including electronics and entertainment.

Despite this, leaders in black media and advertising perceive that the robust nature of the black market has been overlooked, as has the necessity of targeting it through black media. #INTHEBLACK, which is backed by a massive group of firms ranging from Essence Communications to Black Enterprise, seeks to combat this misperception.

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Story on the Obamas and black fashion in French Elle magazine offends many

The French version of Elle magazine published a piece last week by their fashion writer/blogger Nathalie Dolivo that is causing a flap this week. In essence Dolivo said the black community in the U.S. lacked real fashion sense until the Obamas arrived.
The passage from the piece that has offended perhaps the most reads: “In this America, led for the first time by a black president, chic has become a plausible option for a community (the African-American community) that up until now pegged to its streetwear codes.” Dolivo also wrote that since the arrival of the Obamas on the scene black fashion has grown by adopting “white codes of fashion.”
Reaction from Elle’s French editor
With a storm of negative reaction to Dolivos’s remarks, the French Elle has taken the story down from its website but has not apologized. The Italian version of Vogue magazine reports that Elle’s french editor-in-chief, Valérie Toranian, has stated that the influence of Michelle Obama on black fashion in America was comparable to the influence Kate Middleton has had on fashion in the U.K. or Jackie Kennedy on American fashion in the 60’s.

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Whether you suffer from acne, white patches, thick skin, dark spots or other Black Skin related problems, this e book is a treat for you.

Just like you, the women that Juliette speaks with Don’t know HOW Their Skin Works, or what their bodies need for more beautiful, better looking skin – but that’s about to change.

You’ll discover: Why proper nutrition plays a vital role toward long-term beauty and clearer, healthier-looking skin, What to do when a skin care regimen isn’t enough, How badly our lifestyle can damage our skin and what changes you can make to give your skin and automatic facelift and much, much more.

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Rose extract helpful for winter skin problems

In the cold dry air of winter many types of skin problems often flare up. In Syracuse where the winter weather conditions are often very harsh, natural treatments for skin problems are appreciated by people suffering from more skin problems than usual this time of year. An extract made from rose has surfaced as a good remedy for the common skin complaints associated with winter.
Dr. Richard Foxx has reported for The Doctors Health Press “Use This Herb to Help Soothe Dry Skin.” The effects of rose extract on human skin cells has been studied by researchers at the School of Life Sciences, University of Kingston, in the United Kingdom. These researchers have assessed the effectiveness of three plant extracts for their potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity in human skin “fibroblasts” along with their capacity to prevent free radical damage.
Fibroblasts are cells which are made of connective tissue that produces and secretes fibers. The fibers could be collagen, reticular and/or elastic. Fibers which are produced by fibroblasts help to maintain your skin health, particularly when it comes to wound healing and tissue repair. The structural framework for many other tissues in your body are also provided by fibroblasts.
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Black Lifestyle In Japan!

A friend of mine showed me this video the other day while i was doing his girlfriend’s locs. It’s about young Japanese girls embracing the “black culture” and living it out in Shibuya, Japan. I visited Shibuya in this past January and hip hop is definitely alive and well over there 🙂 Watch the video and let me know what you think about others adopting aspects of “black culture” or their version of it in other contries 🙂

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Black is beautiful all over the world

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There was a time when I was very young that people would intimidate me because of the color of my skin.

My mother would put me on a Greyhound bus in Los Angeles and send me to Shreveport, La. to bond with my grandparents and other relatives.  Once that bus got to El Paso, Texas, the driver would announce, “From here on out, we will observe segregation rules.  Coloreds must sit in the back of the bus.  When we come to rest stops, you must use restrooms and cafeterias designated as colored.”

It wasn’t just the Deep South. You could go into a restaurant in Los Angeles, San Francisco or Chicago and if it wasn’t Black-owned you would receive unwelcome stares.

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