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Miss Rizos Salon helps Dominican Women embrace their natural hair!!

I was scrolling social media the other day when I ran across a post on the fantastic salon Miss Rizos (Miss Curls) located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Its was started by Carolina Contreras.  She herself went through a transition from relaxed to natural and wanted to help others embrace their natural hair as well.  It is well documented that many Dominicans (not all) have a hard time embracing their African roots and do whatever they can to not be identified as of African decent.  So this ends up heavily effecting those who have darker skin and/or kinkier hair.  They are ridiculed often and their hair is called Pelo Malo (bad hair).  Carolina experienced this discrimination her self and tells the tale in the video below.

I always said that i did not want to visit DR nor contribute to their tourism industry due to the self hate issues that have plagued the community there and also due to the mistreatment of Haitians by Dominicans on the island that both countries share.  This video gave me hope and should I ever change my mind and visit DR I will definitely be visiting Miss Rizos so that i get my curls pampered and hopefully meet Carolina to tell her how proud i am of her for being a conduit for change! If you are planing a trip to DR please go support her salon 🙂 I hope that more and more Dominican women will embrace their africanity and begin their journeys to embracing their natural hair! Check out the video below and leave a comment to let me know what you think 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher & Natural Hair Stylist for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Hair Care Ingredients Help to Achieve Beautiful Healthy Hair

In thinking of African American hair beauty, you will want to use herbal hair products with natural and/or organic ingredients to keep your hair healthy and strong. Be sure to avoid chemical and synthetic ingredients, so that you won’t be causing a build-up of unnatural product in your hair.

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Hair Beauty

 Having true hair beauty is not an accident. Genetics play a part in the way your hair tends to grow and act, but you can do some things yourself to insure that your African American hair will look its best. If you have even average hair quality, you can help your hair by using natural products. If your hair is in poor condition, it may take days or weeks to see a real difference, cowashing  and conditioning can help your hair to become healthy and shiny again.

Regular shampooing is also healthy for your hair depending on your hair type.  Over-shampooing can tend to pull oils from your hair that it needs to maintain hair beauty if you have type 3a-4c hair. You can use different shampoos and see which one works best with your hair’s pH balance. Alternating shampoos may give you the best results. Conditioners can be varied each week, as well. You can help your hair’s health and vibrancy by using conditioners with different pH levels, in an effort to balance your own.

Over-brushing your hair and over-styling is also damaging to your hair at the basic level. African American hair beauty depends on brushing that is adequate to distribute the oils, but you may damage the ends if you brush too much. Your hair will need trimming more often if you over-brush or over-style. I have found finger combing or finger detangling to cause the least stress on my hair.

Herbal Hair Products

Herbal hair products are designed to clean and condition your hair without harsh chemicals, synthetics and preservatives. Nature provides the earth with many herbs, flowers, roots and plants that are rich in minerals, proteins, enzymes and vitamins, which all will add to the health of your hair. Blended together, the resulting products will be a natural and organic alternative to chemicals.

Using shampoos and conditioners with no heavy metals or preservatives allow these herbal hair products to properly treat African American hair. The manufacturers of these products do not use genetically manipulated substances or mineral oils and chemicals; they use all natural ingredients to provide proper hair care.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Hair Care Products

You should treat your natural hair with natural hair care products that will bring out your best look. Natural shampoos and conditioners will help your hair to achieve its most luxurious look.

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Natural / Organic Shampoos

 

If you are looking for products to safely and effectively clean your African American hair, you’ll want to select an all natural shampoo. Organics are an excellent way through which you can give your scalp and hair a natural cleaning. Natural products are abundant on the market, but be sure to read the label ingredients and make sure the product you buy is free of chemical additives.

Beauty product manufacturers can’t just attach an “organic” label on their shampoo. The product has to be at least seventy percent organic in order to truly be an organic choice. Some organic shampoos may be difficult to lather, because the ingredient that helps build a lather is not a natural one. This ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate, may dry out your scalp and your hair, and is the reason why your eyes burn if you get shampoo in them while you’re washing your hair. It’s not that hard to get used to less lather if it means healthier hair.

Natural shampoos for African American hair will add nutrients to your hair in ways that are gentle for your scalp and hair. Jojoba oils and coconut oils can be helpful ingredients in an herbal shampoo. Organics and herbals treat your hair to great cleansing with no harmful effects.

 

Herbal Conditioners

Hair conditioning with natural hair care products for African American hair is important for your overall look, and for the health of your hair and scalp. Natural ingredients can give you excellent results, and you can make your own products at home that can be beneficial as well.

Knowing or learning how to best care for your hair will probably involve using natural hair care products, because they are safer for your hair and gentler on your scalp. If you choose to add color to your hair, use an herbal or natural hair color product, since these aren’t harmful. Select a hair style or cut that flatters the lines of your face. Ask a stylist to help you define the type of cut would be most flattering for you. Seek out knowledgeable friends and stylists to help you select natural hair care products that will show off your hair to its best advantage.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Master Loctician and Publisher for healthylocsblog.com

Fruity Hair Mask for Kinky, Curly, Coily Hair!

You see it on TV, movies, and magazines – the most lustrous, shiny, deliciously awesome and bouncy natural curls. You want your hair to look the same way, but don’t have the budget to put a professional stylist on your payroll.

There are many products out in the market for those of us looking to engage in natural hair care. Using a mask is only one solution. Drop the drugstore deep conditioning treatments – they don’t work as well as these do-it-yourself, all-natural hair mask ingredients. After all, why not feed your hair the same healthy foods that you feed the rest of your body?

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First, let’s go over the basics. There are key hair mask ingredients in every recipe, and each plays a very important role. So what you put into the hair mask for your kinky, curly, coily hair depends on the current health of your hair.

For example, for battling dry, damaged hair, use extra virgin olive oil and honey. Both key ingredients have restorative properties that add moisture to dry hair. If your hair is dry and dull, use honey. If it’s dry and damaged (like ramen noodles, for instance), use extra virgin olive oil.

For oily hair, use lemon as an astringent to get rid of excess oil. If you don’t want to lighten your hair color (lemon does this), you can dilute the lemon with water (use one-part lemon, two-parts water). If your hair breaks easily, add a little egg for a protein boost, which strengthens your locks.

If your hair is not too dry and not too oily, but still lacks that softness and shine, use coconut oil. If you want softer hair, use milk. If you have dandruff, a little apple cider vinegar will get rid of excess oils on the scalp and clear that flaky stuff right up.
Fruit is not only good for the body, but also for your hair. They are simply the best natural hair mask ingredients.

The next time you buy bananas, buy extra for your hair. Bananas are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, and natural oils. If you want to moisturize your hair and make it stronger to prevent breakage – and to get your curls to look bouncy – blend one or two overripe bananas with a teaspoon of coconut oil, a teaspoon of olive oil, and a tablespoon of honey. Slather the smoothie into your hair and let it settle for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and comb through. No need to shampoo out, but a second rinse might be necessary.

If your hair is on the oily side, make a strawberry hair mask for your kinky, curly, coily hair. Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, which works to control oil production. Simply blend a handful of fresh strawberries (7-10 for shoulder-length hair) to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply evenly to damp hair and leave on for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and voila! You have yummy-smelling, healthy, shiny hair!

Try one of these great hair mask and then leave a comment to let me know how it worked for your hair 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

A Natural Alternative to Hair, Skin and Health Care Challenges – Essential Oils

Essential oils are a great addition to your natural hair and skin regimen.  They have great health benefits not just from an aromatherapy standpoint, but also from being applied to the hair and skin directly via carrier oils or creams.  Below is a great article breaking down the benefits of essential oils as well as how to properly use them.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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When you think of essential oils, you probably think of how great they smell or don’t smell for that matter. Although they are used to create great smelling perfumes, most essential oils don’t have a perfume type of aroma.

Essential oils are becoming an integral part of alternative modalities when it comes to health, skin and hair challenges. I’m sure you’re familiar with the basic essential oils such as Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Rose, Eucalyptus … you get the idea. What does this mean for you? For starters, you can use essential oils for your beauty, hair and health care needs.

For skin health:

Some of the best essential oils for skin health are Lavender, Rose, Jasmine and Geranium. In your cleansers, moisturizers, toners and serums by using essential oils, you can create products for yourself that you know are pure and good for you.

Lavender is a wonderful essential oil for minor burns. It can often help you prevent blisters and scars when used “neat” ( applied straight) on your skin.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Black Hair Care – 7 of The Best Ingredients for Moisture and Growth

The right ingredients can make a world of difference when it comes to the results you get for you hair.  You should always make sure they are natural and that the blend you use promotes the right amount of moisture for your hair to grow. The article below list the 7 best ingredients to get healthy hair. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Everyone wants to know that they are putting the best of the best not only in their body, but also on their body. And when it comes to a woman’s hair, we want to make sure that we are putting the best ingredients into our hair in order to get the best results for moisture, shine, and growth retention.

You have to constantly be aware of what you’re putting in your hair to ensure that your hair is always in its best state. You are the one in control of the products you put on your hair. So, how do you know what the best ingredients for black hair care are?

Education is the key. You’ve got to put some time in and know for yourself what to look for and what to avoid.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Going Natural In Your Work Environment!

More and more women are embracing their natural hair while at work inspite of any push back they may encounter. Thankfully there are more work environments that are relaxing their policy when it comes to us being able to freely wear our hair natural in various ways at work. The article below does a great job of addressing the topic.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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All to often you see women taking on a very relaxed approach to their hair and skin during the weekends, giving their tresses and skin a much-needed break.

But what happens when you decide to extend your natural look into your work environment? The sky’s the limit. There’s so much versatility when it comes to natural hairstyles.

There’s also much more information available on Natural Hair and how to care for it.

While natural hairstyles can convey many things from trends, to cultural statements or declarations of individuality … they can be styled to look extremely professional for your work environment.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Black Hair Styles for Your Natural Tresses

The right protective styles are a must to help your natural hair grow long and strong.  Below is an article that gives you some options on the right style for you. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Have you gotten so comfortable with your hair that you no longer explore and experiment with new hairstyles?

Water challenges, which are real by the way, got you frustrated with the look and feel of your hair. Probably!

You’ve spent years nurturing your beautiful black hair, having your locs done without fail every two weeks, especially in the beginning phase. And now that you’ve gotten that long awaited ponytail that you can swing from side to side whenever you want too, your creativity has been lulled to sleep.

Sound familiar? What happened to those sweet up dos, beautiful chignons, that cute French roll or side sweep? I’m just saying, there might have been a time when you put more energy into styling your natural tresses and expressing yourself through your hairstyles.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

What Makes Your Hair Healthy ? – Black Hair Care

While dealing with your hair, especially in its natural state, it’s vital that your priority be focused on what is healthy for your hair.  No matter how cute the style you should always ask yourself, what is the healthiest way that i can achieve this style without damaging my hair? Below is a great article on how to approach dealing with your hair from a healthy point of view vs just doing things because they’re cute.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think. 🙂

We understand that what we consume in food has a lot to do with the health of our skin and hair. But after attending and participating in workshops, it’s amazing to see the things that people will do to their hair in the name of beauty.

When you’re adding someone else’s hair to your scalp, whether you’re sewing it in or gluing it in, it’s very interesting to see the type of trauma you’re infringing on your scalp, in the name of beauty.

Granted, not everyone is pro natural hair, but what makes that so?

What is it about your hair that you don’t like it in its natural state?

When you look at everything that you go through to get your hair healthy, you go through that same amount of trouble and trauma and more to destroy it.

If we take a survey of what happens to your scalp after you’ve glued or sewn in so many weaves, it would be really interesting to see the condition of your scalp.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

What can I use to make my hair grow? – Black Hair Care

Going natural is the first step to giving your hair a chance to thrive. But there is still care that is required to keep it healthy in its natural state.  The following article has great tips on what to do keep your hair healthy and grow it long.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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A frequently asked question amongst African American women, is what can I use to make my hair grow?

You know this is a loaded question. My first response it stop putting relaxers in your hair and it will grow naturally.

But since some of you will probably tell me were to shove it, here is what I’ve found to work, even with relaxed hair.

There are certain essential oils that are known to stimulate your hair follicle and produce growth, so we’ll take a look at some of them.

Essential Oils for Hair Growth: Sage, Rosemary Verbenone, Sea Buckthorn, Cedarwood, and chamomile.

Let’s take a look at these five oils:

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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