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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.



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

Love for Nyraju !

Big thank you to one of my clients Belinda for this glowing review of our Nyraju hair care products !  If you have used our  products (hair care, skin care or body care) and would like to share your story, please email me at healthylocs@yahoo.com and include a photo 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com


“Ok, this one is the best yet!  Herbal hair shampoo and conditioner, then tropical hair butter made these beautiful twists on my little almost 2 year old princess!  Did i mention that i soak the hair ties in a little hair oil before i use them to prevent breakage?  Just don’t stop making your products! :-)” – Belinda Gaston

Natural ways to get rid of back pain

As a person with scoliosis this article definitely hit home for me. I’m going to try some of their suggestions and see if they help. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Regardless of whether you suffer from chronic back pain or just feel it sometimes, a change in lifestyle could help you to strengthen your back, prevent injuries and leave the pain behind.

Back pain is among the most common health problems. U.S. National Institute of Health reports that about 80 percent of Americans at some time  in their life suffer from back pain , and many of them have resorted to OTC medications to relieve pain . But a better approach to these troubles involves allowing the body to recover in a natural way, such as a healthy diet and exercise.

Causes of back pain

Back pain can occur due to a number of reasons, for example, bio-mechanical, degenerative changes in the spine, injuries due to falls or careless lifting of objects, and some medical conditions.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher for healthylocsblog.com

Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are not a part of African-American heritage

I’m so happy that they have started this program to address these issues.  So many people believe that a lot of diseases are just going to happen to them because of heritage never realizing that the heritage is bad eating habits and not genetic.  You are what you eat is so real.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Oldways is cooking up something totally new: cooking classes designed for African-American communities that showcase the rich and healthy roots of African culture and traditional cuisine.

The traditional diet experts at Oldways, the Boston-based nonprofit, have launched a national cooking and wellness program, “A Taste of African Heritage” to help communities and individuals reconnect with the vibrant ways of eating and living that supported the health and wellbeing of African-American ancestors.

This nutritional, cultural cooking program, which follows a successful pilot in 15 locations last year, debuts in 50 locations throughout the country in 2013, with 100 class sites planned for 2014.

“Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are not a part of African-American heritage, said Sara Baer-Sinnott president, Oldways. “Our ‘A Taste of African Heritage’ cooking program addresses these issues and is a springboard to the wonderful old ways of eating and living, creating new healthy traditions by introducing participants to the cultural and culinary roots of their ancestors.”

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Nyesha Samuel, Master Loctician/Publisher for healthylocsblog.com

Top 10 Natural Health Remedies of Coconut Oil

The popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed in the Western world over the last several years. However, its many health benefits have been known in other regions of the world as part of their ancient history. Better late than never!  Coconut oil is finally taking center stage, and is much needed in our modern world which contains more environmental and food toxins than ever before.

Coconut oil is being hailed as a super ingredient, superfood, and, lately, a super beauty aid. Add to this that it can be consumed or applied to all ages and it becomes a must-have in anyone’s natural health kit.

Let’s take a look at a mere snapshot of the solutions to common and chronic ailments that can be provided by coconut oil.

10. Oral Health – Many natural health practitioners believe that oral health is the very foundation of overall health. Coconut oil has been used as a healthy alternative from toxic commercial toothpastes that contain fluoride. This oil also has been demonstrated to harden enamel, thus reducing the chance of serious dental events. Lastly, due to its antibacterial properties, it serves as a boost toward reducing sores and other infections. Oil pulling with coconut oil is an all-around insurance against tooth decay and debilitating oral health issues.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Healthy Lifestyle and Natural Detoxification Therapies

This is the time of year when most tend to go all wrong when it comes to diet.  Here is a good article on naturally detoxing the body.  You don’t have to be chronically ill to do these.  Sometimes they are good just to give you body a fresh start no matter what time of the year it is. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂


What are some of the natural detoxification therapies that chronically ill people use to feel better and get better? Just a short list are coffee enemas that detoxify the liver by the stimulating effect of the caffeine absorbed into the liver via the portal vein system. Liver flushes and gallbladder flushes that help purge toxic bile, bile sludge, and stones out the liver’s biliary tree, common bile duct, and gallbladder (bile is the green fluid that the liver secretes onto food exiting the stomach. It is also the primary avenue for the excretion of toxic metals, chemical, and other fat soluble toxins that can make you feel sick if they accumulate to excess).

Other detox methods include bowel cleanses and probiotic and beneficial bacteria supplementation, sauna, especially ozone sauna. As well as a wide variety of homeopathic,  nutritional, and herbal detox protocols.

When people with many of the modern illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and the numerous other “syndromes” or inflammatory and immune system problems do these and other natural therapies, they often time notice very significant improvement in their well being. Such that they may want to do these therapies over and over again or daily. At that point friends and family may start to label the behavior “neurotic” or maybe just make some other observation of concern that something is amiss. It may not be meant in a negative or derogatory way, it may be genuine love and concern. After all, they want’ there family member or loved on to have a good life and don’t understand why they have to keep “detoxing” all the time.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Health benefits of eating pumpkin seeds

Healthy hair and skin starts from the inside out.  Here is a good article on the benefits of adding pumpkin seeds to your diet.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

If you are acidic, or even somewhat acidic, in your stomach, you’d probably be thankful that pumpkin seeds exist.  Everywhere, people are preparing dangerously acidic meals. To counteract the negative effects of acidic foods and meals, take not of studying and incorporating pumpkin seeds into your diet.

Pumpkin historical facts and trivia

  • Pumpkin was originally discovered in Mexican caves dating back to about 7,000 BC
  • The North Americans were the first people to use pumpkins as food and as herbal medicine.
  • Today, pumpkin seeds, called pepitas by the Mexicans, are a basic ingredient in Mexican dishes.
  • People of ancient Greece also make use of pumpkin seeds
  • For every 100 grams of pumpkin seeds, one can get 559 calories.
These seeds increase in nutritive value as they age. According to research done in the Experimental Station in Massachusetts, squash and seeds of pumpkin that have been stored for a long, long time increase in their protein content.

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


10 Dairy-Free, Calcium-Rich Foods

A big part of having healthy hair is what you feed your body.  As a vegetarian who is trying to lean more towards vegan, I loved this article on dairy free options for calcium.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

It’s never too late—or too early—to adopt simple lifestyle changes that will strengthen your skeleton and help delay bone breakdown.
Almond Milk
Official recommendations encourage women between the ages of 19 and 50 to get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day and women older than 50 to get 1,200 milligrams. Amy J. Lanou, Ph.D., senior nutrition scientist for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and coauthor of Building Bone Vitality (McGraw Hill), suggests lowering that to 500 to 800 milligrams, preferably from dairy-free food sources. Lanou explains that a higher calcium intake is unnecessary and, if it comes from supplemental sources, may cause constipation and negatively impact the absorption, production or metabolism of other nutrients.

Dairy foods—cheese and ice cream in particular—are highly acidic, but the body prefers a slightly alkaline pH; to neutralize the acidity from dairy, your body pulls calcium from the bones. Hip fracture rates are highest where calcium intake from dairy foods is highest, including in the U.S. and Northern European countries.

Almond milk, with 300 mg of calcium per 8 oz, can be used in recipes and smoothies in lieu of cow’s milk.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Health: Coconut water is great for health

Sugar is one of the major reasons Americans are getting fatter and fatter. Each year, the average American drinks 52.4 gallons of soda, which equates to 52 pounds of sugar — and that’s just from soda.

These numbers are actually higher when you factor in infants and people who do not consume soda. For those who are still consuming drinks with artificial sweeteners, it is old news that you will struggle in your weight loss efforts as well.

Many people say they just can’t drink water — they don’t like it. These flavor (chemical) addicted people are depriving their bodies of the majority of what they are made up of. The human body is 70 percent water, not Pepsi or diet iced tea.  I pity the poor kidneys of individuals that drink very little water.

For those who are trying to become a healthier specimen, I may have an option as you transition from a soda swiller to a water lover. Coconut water is a viable option that is readily available to almost everyone. For young children that are bringing those unhealthy juice boxes to school, consider this a much healthier choice.

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African American Women’s Health Issues Missing From Magazines

Magazines have long been a primary source for entertainment and news. But as KU assistant professor Crystal Lumpkins points out, magazines are also crucial in providing women with tips and awareness on health issues.

Lumpkins was part of a team of journalism professors that examined four women’s magazines (Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ms. and Essence) and their attention paid to health concerns among African American women. More than 130 articles were used in the study, and what Lumpkins found was that many of today’s popular women magazines routinely failed to discuss issues concerning African American women.

Spirituality and AIDS issues are two of several topics Lumpkins believes need more attention in general readership magazines. She talked with Susan Wilson about the critical role magazines play in driving the discussion of health issues.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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