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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 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Master Loctician and Publisher 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 🙂

http://www.nyrajuskincare.com/hair.html

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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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

What’s Inside Jamaican Mango & Lime

By Jocelyn Renee

Some professionals will tell you NOT to use the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel, while other Dreadheads will say it’s their favorite product; so who do you listen to? The facts.

Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel on the Shelves

When you pick up a jar of the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel you’ll see claims of “Long Lasting Hold” and “No Build Up” and the promise that it will “start and maintain locks and twists naturally”, yet when you look at the back of the jar the ingredients appear unnatural.

Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking GelBack of Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel

Personally, I can’t pronounce half of ingredients so I would put it back on the shelf but more than half of consumers do not read labels or research the ingredients. So let’s take a look at exactly what’s inside this yellow jar of locking gel.

Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel Ingredients

The 15 ingredients in the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel as listed on the label (July 2014) include:

Deionized Water, Polyquaternium 37, VPDMAPA/ Acrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Proplyparaben, Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica), Lime Extract (Tilia Cordata), Virgin Coconut Oil (Coco Nucifera), Chlorophyll, Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinesis), Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow #10 (CI 47005), Red #33 (CI17200)

After reading that label, would you use it on your hair? Maybe.

But let’s read the ingredients list in terms of how “good*” they are for your hair.

Understanding What’s Inside Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel

It is assumed that the ingredients are listed in order of strength, from most concentration to least.

  1. Deionized Water– Good Ingredient – Used as a solvent.
  2. Polyquaternium 37– Cautionary Ingredient – Used to keep down fly-aways due to static electricity. Also used as a hair fixative, so this means it can build up in your hair with repeated use, making it sticky or crunchy.
  3. VPDMAPA/ Acrylate Copolymer– Cautionary Ingredient – Film-forming/ plasticizing polymer. Can build up and get sticky.
  4. Propylene Glycol– Cautionary Ingredient – Is a form of mineral oil, an alcohol produced by fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates. Humectant that is a clear, colorless, thick liquid that can also be used to dissolve ingredients and carry moisture in a product.
  5. Diazolidinyl Urea– Cautionary Ingredient – Preservative that has had some controversy for being a formaldehyde-releasing preservative that can cause skin irritation. Works best against molds and yeasts but it needs to be used with other preservatives, such as parabens.
  6. Methylparaben– Cautionary Ingredient – A food grade preservative that is potentially harmful.
  7. Proplyparaben– Cautionary Ingredient – A food grade preservative that is potentially harmful.
  8. Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica)– Okay Ingredient – Used for conditioning and as a humectant.
  9. Lime Extract (Tilia Cordata)– Avoid Using Ingredient – Can be drying to the hair and irritating to the scalp and it may cause skin irritation and/or sun sensitivity.
  10. Virgin Coconut Oil (Coco Nucifera)– Good Ingredient – Very good moisturizing oil. Can penetrate the cortex, so it may be able to make hair stronger.
  11. Chlorophyll– Okay Ingredient – Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful and its not suspected to be an environmental toxin.
  12. Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinesis)– Good Ingredient – Green tea comes from the leaves of an evergreen bush or small tree from Asia. It is soothing and can reduce inflammation on the skin but it can’t do anything for the hair.
  13. Fragrance (Parfum)– Cautionary Ingredient – The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
  14. Yellow #10 (CI 47005)– Okay Ingredient – Yellow food coloring found in products for teeth, bath products, conditioners, and shampoos.
  15. Red #33 (CI17200)– Okay Ingredient – Red coloring ingredient used in lipstick and blush.

Professional Recommendation

I would not recommend using the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel in locs because it can cause build up in the locs, as identified within the first 3 ingredients, and there are many additives in the gel that are not beneficial to the hair Additionally, the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel also contains a lot of parbens which are known carcinogens.

Loc Maintenance Product Recommendation

There are a couple of commercially available and holistic products to use instead of Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel. I personally would recommend using either of the following products:

Homemade Aloe Vera Gel
Homemade Flaxseed Gel
“Shine & Define” by OyinHandmade

*Also “Tropical Hair Butter” by Nyraju Skin Care

Original post appeared on CurlyNuGrowth.com – http://curlynugrowth.com/jamaican-mango-and-lime-locking-gel-product-knowledge/.

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Transitions to Natural Hair – Video

This video by Zina Saro-Wiwa made me shed a tear of joy.  I know it’s a little sappy and extra of me to be so moved by it, but it really made me proud to the point of tears.  In the video Zina talks about her 7 month journey to loving her natural hair after wearing extensions for a long time.  Zina and the other “naturals” in the video are absolutely beautiful !  If I wasn’t already 17 years natural myself I would be getting a big chop tomorrow after seeing all the beauty on display here. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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All Natural Black Hair Care Products

Black hair is among the most difficult to maintain due to its structure, but all natural black hair care products can ease the difficulty to an extreme. The tight, corkscrew shape that black hair naturally has leads to many problems with dryness and breakage making the kind of hair care products chosen all the more important for healthy, appealing hair. There are plenty of products to choose from for good hair care to be normal but there are certain ingredients in regular black hair care products that can actually lead to a dryer head of hair and make the already prominent breakage problem all the worse.

In a lot of average hair care products there are sulfates all throughout the inside of the product itself. Sulfates are the problem as they exacerbate the issues that come with having the dense textured hair that is so common through all black hair. Because of this denseness oil cannot saturate the follicle thus drying out the entire length of the hair, sulfates dry out the follicle even more something that you don’t want for healthy hair without breakage. This is where all natural black hair care products come in to save your glorious mane.

Click below to read the full article;

http://www.sooperarticles.com/health-fitness-articles/hair-care-articles/all-natural-black-hair-care-products-766292.html

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
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