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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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Nyesha Samuel – Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

4 Reasons Tamera Mowry Chose Braids

Tamera looks beautiful in her pregnant glow and her beautiful protective style of Braids! Whether you’re pregnant or not Braids are a great protective style for your natural hair.  Always make sure when you get them done that they are not too tight so that you don’t end up with tension alopecia on your scalp. Read Tamera’s story and let me know what you think 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Like many women, I knew during my pregnancy that I was going to need a low maintenance hairstyle when it was time to welcome my baby. Going natural and giving your hair the love and attention it needs is a long journey, and I didn’t want it to suffer any neglect while I was busy with new mommy responsibilities! So with the support and help of the talented Kari Williams of Mahogany Hair Revolution, I was able to protect my natural hair and sport a new style for summer.
1. Its a protective style. Obviously the big draw to braids is that it’s a protective style. What makes me flock to a protective style right now is the fact that during pregnancy and afterward you can lose hair. Braided hair helps keep that from happening as well as helping to prevent breakage, which I’ll talk about next.
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Quality African American Hair Care Products

It can be difficult for many people to find quality African American hair care products. Herbal and organic products will help you to maintain healthy hair.

Hair Care Products

Books could be written about the chemicals that are added to many hair care products. In fact, at least one book has been written on this topic, and it gives you a look in close detail of the many additives that could be in the ingredients of the shampoos you buy. You can order it by clicking HERE.

Synthetic materials are also added to some products for African American hair. Even what looks like natural ingredients on the label may actually be synthetics. One of these misnomers is a synthetic jojoba oil that is used instead of the original in some products. Aloe vera is sometimes watered down, as well, before it is added to the hair care products you buy.

In some products, natural ingredients are not for the better. People who have allergies to natural products may even shop for products that don’t have all-natural ingredients in them. Synthetic blends of ingredients may be helpful in those cases. You will normally want your hair care products to have minimal dyes and fragrances added.

Herbal Products

You can find effective cleansing shampoos and conditioners among herbal product that are available for African American hair. These products are all designed to help you to maintain your natural hair style and they promote the growth of healthy hair. True herbal products that are all-natural will have no artificial cleansing agents, surfactants, preservatives or fragrances.

Herbal products may well include natural formulas, with proteins, sunscreen, minerals, organic extracts and herbs included. Make sure you look for products made with no sodium laureth, which helps shampoos to lather, but which is also hard on your hair.

Safe and natural conditioners that are sold as herbal products should contain similar ingredients as herbal shampoos. Henna is included in some products, and they are made from the desert plants’ powdered leaves. Henna should be 100% organically grown and natural. There should be no artificial colors, synthetic additives or pesticide residues.

Henna products will coat your hair and seal in the oils, giving your hair a healthy shine. Henna by itself does not have hair lightening properties, so choose a shade that complements your existing hair color. Natural henna herbal products will have effects lasting up to three months.

Healthy Hair

When you are seeking to promote healthy hair growth, use organic and natural hair care products. Many conditioners and rinses have chemicals that can damage African American hair. Regular shampooing and conditioning with all-natural products will help to keep your hair beautiful and healthy. Select products with essential oils, panthenol, biotin, vitamins A & E, keratin, coconut or jojoba oils and wheat germ. Massage your scalp as you shampoo, because this helps energy flow and aids in good circulation. When possible, avoid using hot curling irons and hair dryers, because letting your healthy hair dry naturally will help it to stay full and luxurious.

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

 

 

Essential Oils to Stimulate Hair Growth

When it comes to your beautiful African American hair, you’ve done it all. You’ve had braids, weaves, extensions, locks, dreads, Jheri curls. You’ve colored, pressed, permed, relaxed, twisted, and straightened. Now, you just want to grow your natural hair. With essential oils, you can do just that – go natural without the expense of upkeep. (not quite but you get my point)

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Before you go out and purchase the first natural black hair care product with “EO” or “Essential Oils” printed on the label, there are a few facts that I would like to share with you to help you make an informed decision on transitioning to natural hair by using Essential Oils, or EO’s.

First, let’s get rid of the harmful hair products. If you have any haircare or skincare products that have synthetic materials, it’s time to let them go. Look for the following ingredients:

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

The Use of Essential Oils and Carrier Oils in Natural Hair

There is never a lack of helpful ingredients that make our natural hair look and be its best. From co-washes, to deep conditioners, to hair gels and moisturizing oils, there is a vast array of necessary ingredients for natural hair for us to choose from.

If you know anything about natural hair care, you have probably heard about using essential oils as a means of moisturizing hair and promoting hair growth. Alongside hearing about essential oils, the world of natural hair care also promotes using carrier oils.

So, in knowing about these two sets of oils and the role they both play in natural hair care, the key question to ask is: what is the difference between these oils and how do they work?

 

What is an Essential Oil and What is a Carrier Oil?

Let’s first begin with the definition of essential oils and carrier oils. According to Wikipedia, and many other sites: “Essential oils are volatile and liquid aroma compounds from natural sources, usually plants. Essential oils are not oils in a strict sense, but often share with oils a poor solubility in water. Essential oils often have an odor and are therefore used in food flavoring and perfumery.

Essential oils are usually prepared by fragrance extraction techniques such as distillation (including steam distillation), cold pressing, or extraction (maceration). Essential oils are distinguished from aroma oils (essential oils and aroma compounds in an oily solvent), infusions in a vegetable oil, absolutes, and concretes.

Typically, essential oils are highly complex mixtures of often hundreds of individual aroma compounds.” And carrier oils are defined as: “A base oil or vegetable oil used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy.

They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto your skin. Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, unlike essential oils, though some, such as olive, have a mild distinctive smell. Neither do they evaporate like essential oils, which are more volatile. The carrier oils used should be as natural and unadulterated as possible. Many people feel organic oils are of higher quality. Cold-pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils.”

 

Should You Include Essential Oils in Your Hair Care Regimen?

When you make the decision to use essential oils as a part of your hair care regimen, and then use carrier oils alongside them, the first essential oils you should start with are: Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, and Tea Tree oil.

Each of these essential and carrier oils has a specific purpose for how effectively they work for natural hair. For instance:

 

  • Lavender essential oil deep conditions the hair, keeps it shiny, and helps control dandruff.
  • Chamomile essential oil adds shine and softness to hair, and soothes the scalp.
  • Rosemary essential oil stimulates the roots, improves hair growth, and increases circulation in the scalp.
  • Tea Tree essential oil is a great moisturizer for your hair, it helps to keep your scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems.

 

And the first carrier oils you should use are olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil.

 

  • Olive oil helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss.
  • Coconut oil softens hair and increases shine.
  • Jojoba oil moisturizes the hair, adds nutrients, and stimulates the scalp.

 

Why Would You Use Essential Oils and Carrier Oils Together?

There are many reasons why you would use these oils together, but the most important reason people use essential and carrier oils is for their effectiveness in stimulating the scalp and promoting hair growth.

As wonderful and effective as essential oils are in the world of natural hair care, they are quite ineffective if they are used in the hair all by themselves. In fact, if you apply any essential oil directly to your scalp you run the risk of having a skin irritation.

You can combat this by mixing your essential oil with water. Or you can add a few drops of any essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner for added moisture. When you choose to place essential oils into your bottle of shampoo or conditioner the result will be a new level of moisture in your wash, co-wash, and deep conditioner hair washing routine.

Another, and more effective and purposeful, way to use essential oils is to mix them with carrier oils. This is where carrier oils play a vital role.

For example, a solution of lavender and rosemary mixed with jojoba and olive oil can be used as a hot oil treatment. In this type of treatment, you would apply the oil mixture directly to your scalp, put on a plastic cap and then a towel or heat wrap to cover your head, and leave it on for 30 minutes or more.

You can even leave the oil on your scalp overnight for extra moisturizing. You must make sure that you wash out all of the oil from your hair when you are rinsing because oils have a tendency to weigh natural hair down, making it heavy and lifeless and limp.

Also, if you manage to not rinse out all of the oil and leave most of it in your hair you may think that it’s of no consequence because it’s oil and leaving some of it on will only add more moisture to your skin.

However, when you leave too much of the oil in your hair after a hot oil hair treatment, the final result or style of your hair will not only be limp, but also it will be a greasy mess that will show up on your face, neck, back of your neck, or even rub off on your clothes or hands if you touch your hair at some point of the day.

Alongside stimulating hair growth in natural hair, essential oils and carrier oils are also favorites for preventing hair loss, promoting a beautiful shine, and helping to keep your hair moisturized.

The benefits of using essential and carrier oils for natural hair care go very far and will produce lasting effects for a healthy head of hair. And isn’t this our number one goal – to have healthy natural hair.

As with anything new that you are trying on your hair and scalp, always test it on a small area of your hair and wait for about 24 hours to evaluate the results. When using various essential and/or carrier oils you may have an allergic reaction, like itchy scalp or redness in the area, and not even realize you have the allergy at first.

If you find that you have an allergic reaction, do not use that particular essential or carrier oil. Try another supplier, it could be that what you think is a pure oil is not. If after trying several suppliers, you find that you’re having the same reaction, you could indeed have an allergy to this particular oil.

 

As Always …

Dedicated To Your Beauty,

Juliette Samuel

Esthetician/Author/Publisher

Nyraju Skin Care

Natural Care for Natural Hair

If you prefer to wear your hair in a natural way you will have some great styling options to express yourself with.

Natural Hair

Wearing your hair natural is great. Some will prefer to keep their hair more natural via wash n gos, twist outs or braids.  Others will prefer to style with a straightening comb or a flat iron. Go with whatever makes you more comfortable.

Whichever you prefer to wear, you will want the proper hair products to care for your hair. Natural shampoos are made to be milder than others, since they are formulated with natural hair ingredients instead of harsh additives. These shampoos will moisturize your scalp with herbal or organic ingredients, and this will keep your hair follicles nourished and your scalp hydrated.

Natural African American hair will benefit from the use of natural shampoos and conditioners. They promote a healthy amount of hair growth. The nourishing and stimulating ingredients are made to penetrate the roots, in the scalp, and they also provide your hair with amino acids, minerals and vitamins. These shampoos will help your hair strands to increase their thickness, and they make your hair stronger, overall.

 

Natural Shampoo

If you have curly hair, natural shampoo is best to help keep it manageable. Longer hair and/or curly hair is more prone to split ends and breakage, and damage, since the ends tend to be fine. Use whatever natural products your stylist recommends to maintain your healthy hair. Natural shampoos will help maintain curly or long hair.

When you select a natural shampoo, make sure that it contains quality organic ingredients. Many shampoos have additives and chemicals that can cause breakage and over-dry hair. Natural shampoos contain chemical-free, all-natural ingredients like soy protein, tea tree oil, lavender oils, coconut oil, Shea butter, lemon and aloe.

Depending on the type and brand of natural shampoo you buy, the ingredients will vary. The proper ingredients will help to leave your hair shiny and soft. They will also reduce the stress your scalp and hair can experience from heat treatments.

 

Herbal Hair Oil

The best herbal hair oil for your African American hair may have a combination of some or all of the more essential herbs, those being henna, hibiscus and amla, with oil from coconuts. This type of hair oil will add shine to your hair, and help it remain healthy.

Select a hair oil that contains herbs and oils known for helping your hair remain healthy. Coconut oil is helpful in conditioning your hair, and it can also allow your hair to grow more quickly. Amla herbal hair oil helps your hair shine, as well as cleansing the scalp and enhancing your curls. Henna will bind to your hair’s keratin molecules, and make each strand stronger.

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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.

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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

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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