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Your Beautiful Black Hair; Have You Fed It Lately?

“You are what you eat” is how the saying goes. This is so true.  Your hair, skin and nails will definitely reflect what’s going on inside of you.  Below is an article that does a great job of telling you what you need to do internally to have healthy hair. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Blame it on a terrible cut or the weather even, but the real culprit behind consistently bad hair days may be what you’re eating.

Just as what you eat affects the way your skin and body look and feel, the same rules apply to your beautiful black hair.

A lot of you underestimate the importance of what you eat when it comes to maintaining healthy hair.

The first step to getting a healthier head of hair is changing what you eat. This can be as simple as cutting out foods that provide no nutritional value and by adding foods with essential vitamins, healthy fats and proteins.

Did you know that by eating the right foods, you can actually prevent the natural color and shine in your hair from fading and looking dull?

What Does Well Nourished Hair Need To Stay That Way?

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

How Does The Black Hair Care Industry Change Affect You?

Change can be scary, but it can also be fantastic.  When it comes to the trends in black hair care the change has been fantastic! More and more women are opting to wear their natural hair and it is affecting the industry as a whole.  This is great because it means more options for you in terms of where to get help with your hair journey.  Below is a great article addressing this change.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

 

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Within the black hair care industry there have been subtle changes taking place right before your eyes.

With downsizing in corporations, cutbacks in school systems, job loss, illness … they’ve all taken their toll on wallets and hairlines.

This has caused shop owners to close their doors or downsize in the space that they occupy. And you have found other alternatives to hair care as a whole.

Current Trends In Black Hair Care

New trends have surfaced because for many, paychecks have gotten smaller or salon owners are no longer offering quality service.

Natural Hair – Not only has natural hair become one of the leading trends in the black hair care industry, it’s been for some, a saving grace.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

5 Cool Benefits Of Natural Hair Care Products for African Americans

Using natural hair care products on your hair is important so that you can get the results you’re looking for.  The natural ingredients will help nourish your hair in a way products with chemicals can’t.  The article below is great because it breaks down the top 5 benefits of why using natural products is vital for your hair health. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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1. Superior Long Term Results – Most of the time, mainstream hair care products contain damaging chemicals that can take a toll on your hair over time. You may have experienced such issues like scalp irritation, stiff hair and flakiness at one point in time or another.

Natural hair care products, according to some studies, have shown to be a lot safer after long term use. Studies have also proven that your results are more immediate than the chemical laden products.

This means that your hair will be much healthier and stronger in a shorter amount of time when you go the natural route. You also won’t have to deal with the issues of discomfort like you would with your chemical laced products.

2. Hair Nourishment – The nourishment you get from natural hair care products might be the single most important factor that separates it from mainstream products.

The nourishment comes from natural ingredients like vitamin E, fatty acids, peppermint tea tree, and coconut oil. This is not to say that all mainstream products don’t have these ingredients. It’s that they usually have additional artificial additives that cancel out their purpose almost completely.

When it comes to Real health and nourishment of your hair, natural products that are true to form are going to be what gives you the results you’re looking for. Think of it in comparison to a lifestyle change for your body.

Just like you would want to change the way you eat, you want to change what you put on and in your hair completely to see the change.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Using Natural Products For African American Hair Growth

Using natural products on your hair is very important to help maintain the health of your hair overall.  Knowing how to use the products and which ones work best for your hair type is important as well to get the best results.  Below is a  great article that can help you when it comes to knowing what to use for your hair.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Now that you know the importance of using natural products for African American hair growth, it’s even more important to know how to go about using them the proper way for the best results. What do you use on your hair? A shampoo? Conditioner? Hair Oil?

What kind of natural ingredients do you look for in a product? Peppermint? Tea Tree? Coconut? An herbal blend?

In a sense the ingredient is going to determine how you use natural products on your hair.

One way to use natural products for African American hair growth is to make sure you know that the product is actually natural in the first place. There are a lot of “natural” products on the market that aren’t actually natural at all.

You can tell which, by simply turning the bottle around and looking at the ingredients. When you see a chemical, additive or anything on the bottle that you can’t pronounce, chances are that product is not natural.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

5 Reasons Why Peppermint Essential Oil is Good for Natural Hair Care

The proper ingredients are vital for healthy hair care.  Making sure the products you use have ingredients with healing and healthy properties will make a huge difference in the results you get. Below is an article discussing the benefits of using peppermint essential oil in your hair routine.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Essential oils aren’t any less potent just because they haven’t been chemically enhanced. When it comes to peppermint, extra credibility is given to its abilities because it has been clinically proven by various studies to be an effective treatment for a plethora of health and beauty issues. As most of us have noticed by now, much of what we put in our hair makes its way to other parts of our body. Our skin absorbs what we use in our hair. Also, it’s out of habit that many people touch their hair and other body parts without much thought (especially the face). Fortunately, peppermint oil is hypoallergenic. Not only can sensitive scalp issues be remedied by it, you will be less prone to break outs.

Peppermint oil keeps your hair strong and beautiful. We do so much to our hair and face that they encounter environmental stresses frequently. Most notable are the sun rays and extreme weather conditions that wear our hair down. Genetic factors and hormonal imbalances can further affect the health of our hair, but the oil makes shedding less frequent and adds fullness. Keeping our mane resilient is especially important, and the properties found in this oil make it an ideal choice for African American hair. Still, it can be used by people of all ethnicities and hair types who want healthier, fuller tresses.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

3 Ingredients to avoid and 3 Ingredients to look for in Natural African American Hair Care Products

When purchasing products for your natural hair it is vital that you know what to look for to maintain healthy results. The right ingredients can help your hair thrive. But the wrong ingredients can cause damage.  Below is a great article explaining whats good and bad for your hair. Leave a comment and let me know what your think 🙂

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Learning how to shop for African American hair care products can be an overwhelming task when you don’t know what to look for and what to avoid. The list is long and the ingredients for natural hair care are many. This list includes some of the elements you should know about to make choosing the right products less difficult.

Water is always important.

It’s amazing how many people overlook water as a primary hair ingredient. Water is good for the body in countless ways, and our entire being is composed mostly of water. We need it to survive, and of course, our hair does too. When water is in your hair, it just has to be kept in with an organic sealant. There’s no reason not to take advantage of water and its benefits. It is easily found and the most inexpensive ingredient around.

Raw Shea butter is the moisturizer and sealant of choice.

Some of us enter the world of natural hair care after realizing how much damage commercial products have done. Shea butter can help to reverse much of the harm that our mane has suffered on our behalf (and due to factors outside of our control).

Shea butter hydrates and its valuable ingredients will help your hair find restoration and growth. Apply the raw butter to your hair and put it on your scalp. You will soon see you hair increasing in length and becoming much more strong and attractive.

A word of caution about raw Shea butter and natural hair: don’t over do it, especially with locs.  Too much will cause build up in your hair and that’s a challenge you don’t want to have.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

How to Keep Your Natural Hair Healthy During the Winter

Moisture, moisture, moisture! That is the key to keeping your hair healthy in the winter.  The air is so cold and drying during this time. So it is vital to give your hair the proper moisture to keep it healthy.  Below is a great article on what you can do to love on your hair when it’s cold outside. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Any sort of extreme weather can have a negative impact, but your hair most likely sees its happiest days in the summer. When the winter time hits, you are more prone to shedding and breakage due to the weather of the season pulling moisturize from the hair. It also becomes much less shiny and appears lifeless instead of vibrant and bouncy. Woe unto those who already have dry hair and scalp issues because this is the time they find their hair everywhere they don’t want it to be. Hair can often be seen in the sink, in the comb, and on clothing, as it becomes weaker and sheds.

Using natural hair care products is the best way to grow healthy hair. Winter care for natural hair deserves special attention because extra care is usually needed. You don’t have to live in a region with freezing temperatures for your hair to take notice. The protective winter hats we wear can even harm our hair. It also seems that many people tend to cover up their hair in the winter, leading them to neglect it. Staying indoors more often doesn’t mean you will escape the effects of winter, either. The heat indoors can also damage your hair. Since there is no avoiding this season for many of us, the best way to fight back is to make your hair stronger.
Our hair should be just as moisturized as our other body parts. In order to properly quench the thirst of the hair and scalp, you need to have a routine that uses an all-natural moisturizer and conditioner. The right moisturizer will keep hair hydrated and this moisture can be more easily locked in with a good sealant. Furthermore, hair that is well-conditioned is stronger and softer, making it easier to detangle and style without breaking.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Top 5 Essential Oils for Natural Hair Care. Your Hair Will Thank You for It.

When you are looking for products to use for your hair you should always make sure they are as natural as possible.  Essential oils are a great addition to your natural hair routine.  Below is an article that explains the top 5 essential oils that are beneficial to your hair and scalp. Leave  comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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There are many issues we face that contribute to unhealthy hair and hair loss. It can come from the products we use, it may happen due to our lifestyle choices, or it might just be a genetic trait. Our hair needs as much support as it can get.

By using an essential oil for hair growth, it helps by taking on the task of keeping your hair healthy by protecting it. Furthermore, it makes your hair strong and promotes growth.

Essential oils smell wonderful and have many therapeutic qualities. Each of them are naturally extracted and contain no chemicals. A carrier oil needs to be combined with essentials due to their strong properties to help carry and transfer the important oil through your hair and scalp, while adding even more benefits.

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9 Natural Tips that Give Hair Growth a Boost

Our hair is an important part of our personality. It frames our face and lustrous, healthy hair adds to the overall beauty. In earlier days poor hair growth and hair loss were normally associated with aging, but with our busier than ever lifestyles, poor diet choices and all the styling products hair problems are faced by everyone. Don’t we all envy women with long, lustrous hair? Well, these women understand the basics of hair care. What are they; don’t we all want to know that?

The best products when it comes to hair growth tips are the natural products. Chemical laden products and styling tools are the main culprit behind rough, unhealthy hair. If you’ve been trying to grow your hair for some time, it’s time to say good bye to all those and start using some of nature’s gifts. Read on to find out how you can give your hair growth a boost by using some natural tips.

 

1)Coconut Oil

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Coconut is one of nature’s best gifts. Its benefits were unknown for a long time, but recently the beauty gurus cannot stop raving about its benefits. It is rich in potassium, iron and essential fatty oils. Massage your hair from roots to tips with this oil, leave it in your hair for at least an hour or two and rinse. You will see a difference after the first application. It gives instant shine to hair and moisturizes your scalp. The potassium and the iron help in the hair growth. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands put it at least half an hour before your shower. Try doing this 2-3 times a week.

2)Onion Juice

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Onions!! You might say, yes smelly but very effective. As we grow old our hair loses the natural collagen, onion has a high sulphur content which boosts the production of collagen tissues naturally. It also makes hair bouncy and adds a fabulous sheen to your hair.

You can use onion juice in two ways. Grate 2-3 onions and blenderize them. Then strain the juice out. Massage your scalp with this juice and leave it in hair for at least 2 hours. Rinse with a mild shampoo. If you can’t do this every time you need to wash your hair; chop a big onion into very fine cubes. Add this to the bottle of your shampoo; leave it for fifteen days, before you start using this shampoo. Use it like your normal shampoo, massaging it well into your scalp and follow with a conditioner.

It might get a while to get used to of the smell, but the benefits of this all natural remedy are immense.

 

3)Potato juice

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Yes, another vegetable and this one doesn’t stink. Potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, B and C. Potatoes are a great source of minerals and rich in a substance called alopecia, this helps in new hair growth. Potato juice improves the overall health of your scalp and makes your hair shiny and healthy. You can simply grate a potato, squeeze out all its juice and massage it onto your scalp. Leave it in hair for at least an hour or two before rinsing off.

You can even make a mask using pulp of three potatoes, one egg and two tablespoons of honey. Leave in hair for at least an hour before rinsing off.

 

4)Egg Mask

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Women with beautiful hair from all parts of the world have been benefiting from this gift of nature. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Protein escalates new hair growth. They are also rich in iron, sulphur, phosphorus and zinc. Eggs by themselves can be a bit drying. It is a good idea to make a mask with eggs using one egg, adding a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of honey to it. Off course you can double the quantity to cover your hair completely from roots to tips.

The mask penetrates deep into the scalp and invigorates your follicles. This gives a boost to hair growth. Try using this mask at least once a week. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes; try covering your hair with a hot towel for added benefits. This is your all natural DIY protein treatment which is a lot cheaper and much effective than what you pay for at the saloon.

 

5&6)Yogurt and Banana Mask

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Another DIY home remedy which repairs sun damaged or chemically treated hair is a banana and yoghurt mask. Why? This is because bananas are rich in minerals and iron. Yoghurt is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin A. honey is another one of nature’s gifts with immense benefits. Take a banana squash it and whisk it together with about a cup of yoghurt, add a tablespoon of honey and whisk it more. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice and olive oil to this mask. Apply it generously to hair, covering your whole crown. Leave it for at least an hour before you rinse off. This mask has a cooling effect and is great for those summer months. Regular use of this does wonders to your hair.

 

7)Indian Gooseberry

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Indian gooseberry (or Amla) can be safely called the powerhouse of nutrients. It accelerates hair growth like nothing else. If you are unfamiliar with this fruit, don’t worry it is easily available in powder form. It can reverse premature graying and helps in maintaining the overall health of scalp.

 

  • If you have the fresh fruit available take 5-6 of these gooseberries and cook it with 250 ml coconut oil. The oil will become dark in color. Take out the gooseberries and let the oil cool. You can apply this oil whenever you want to. Leave it in your hair for at least two hours before rinsing off.
  • Some women even make a tea out of gooseberry powder, by boiling a tablespoon of the powder in 2 cups of water. Let it cook for about fifteen minutes. When washing your hair rinse it in end with this water.

 

8)Fenugreek Seeds

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This golden seed has been part of the beauty rituals of women from South Asia, Middle East and Africa for centuries. It promotes healthy hair growth and escalates hair growth. You can make a mask of the fenugreek seed. We are giving you two very easy methods

 

  • Take about a teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder; mix it with enough coconut oil to form a thick paste. Apply it to the scalp. Massage gently using your fingertips. Leave in hair for at least an hour and before washing off.
  • Another way to use this is by adding a tablespoon of the powder to 200 ml of yoghurt, and add some olive or coconut oil to this. Apply this mixture to your roots and scalp. Leave it for at least half an hour. Wash with slightly warm water, and see your hair transform after 3-4 applications.

 

 9)Green Tea

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Green tea is rich in antioxidant properties. It removes product buildup and stimulates a healthy scalp. You can use stewed green tea to rinse your hair with as an after-wash rinse.

Another way to use it is by applying slightly warm tea from used tea bags to your hair directly. Instead of squeezing the bags in the cup, do that on your hair. It works as a great all natural leave-in conditioner.

 

10)Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar promotes hair growth by maintaining the pH level of your scalp and removing any product buildup. It cleanses the hair thoroughly. All you have to do is use it as an after-wash rinse. Add 2 tablespoons of ACV to 2 mugs of water, and if you are bothered by the smell of it add a few drops of lavender oil to this rinse. This adds instant bounce and shine to your hair. After a few rinses you will feel the lost luster coming back.

You can chose to use any one or even try combining two or more of these remedies. There are going to be no side effects, just benefits as these are all natural products. Remember, these tips are to give your hair growth a boost and not magic. You will see the results with a little persistence but once you see the results of your hard work you will be hooked on to these. Good luck!

Article by Catherynne Johns – Senior Writer for olwomen.com

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Nyesha Samuel – Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Hair Care for Locs

When you choose natural hair care products for your Locs, they should be quality enough to help you keep your hair at its healthy best. There are various products that can help you repair and maintain healthy hair.

Hair Care Products

African American hair has a different texture than other types of hair, and so, it needs hair care products that are targeted toward its unique texture. African American hair tends to be brittle and dry, occasionally weak and very curly. If you use natural hair care products, your hair will grow more normally, and you can avoid some of the stresses that over-styling causes.

 Hair care products that are formulated for African American hair should be used regularly, including taking time to shampoo and do a deep conditioning at least once a week.  You should use a moisturizer such as a natural hair oil or leave in conditioner at least 3 times per week. Shampoos that you use should be made without any type of alcohol, because this can dry out your hair.

African American hair will benefit from moisturizing conditioners that do not contain sulphates. Find hair care products rich in protein to replace lost moisture and prevent the breakage of hair.

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Shampoo

Natural shampoos and good nutrition will help to lead you to overall hair health. Shampoo can be a help or a hindrance to healthy African American hair. The wrong kind of shampoo can strip your hair of natural oils, which are replaced when you use a conditioner. The proper shampoo will add moisture to your hair just as well as a good conditioner will. Be sure that you always rinse well with water, as this will remove any remaining dirt or debris, before you use a conditioner.

Select shampoo products that have organic and natural ingredients, and a minimum of artificial ingredients. In this way, you can maintain a healthy balance of natural and artificial oils in your hair, so that it remains – or becomes – bright, shiny and healthy.

Natural Hair Care

Healthy African American hair care is not just about what brand of shampoos and conditioners you might use. It also involves taking care of your mental and physical health. Having a positive attitude about your hair and eating halthy in addition to exercise helps hair grow healthy.  Chemicals that you should avoid in shampoos and conditioners include sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol and any parabens. These chemicals may have harmful effects on your hair, and you’ll need to read labels closely to find natural hair care products with none of these ingredients in them.

Shampoos are designed to clean hair and conditioners to replace oils, so it is generally not a good idea to use all-in-one products. These products attempt to do both things at once, with the end effect of doing neither one well. Shampoos help to open your pores and clean built-up pollutants, dirt and oil. Conditioners close the follicles’ scales back down and fill the follicles with protection and clean moisture. You need to be sure to do both steps, regardless of the type of hair you have.

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel – Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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