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How to Protect Your Natural Hair

At first glance, afro textured hair would appear resilient. It’s thick, it’s full, it’s cottony, it looks pretty darned tough, but looks can be deceiving. Natural African American hair is actually one of the most delicate hair textures that there is. It doesn’t take much to damage it at all, so if you want to maintain a head full of beautiful curls there are a few general safety rules that must be followed.

Wrap it up
A large majority of our hair’s damage occurs while we’re sleeping. We toss, we turn, and all the while the delicate ends of our hair are being ripped apart by the friction of it rubbing against a cotton pillow. To prevent splitting ends while you slumber, wrap your hair up in a silk or satin scarf before bed, or purchase a satin pillow case.

Maintain Moisture
African American hair needs moisture to thrive. A spray bottle full of water is your hair’s best (and cheapest) friend. Condition your hair regularly, and if you feel it drying out throughout the day, give it a quick spritz of water. For added moisture add a tiny amount of your favorite conditioner to the bottle as well for inexpensive leave in conditioning.

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http://voices.yahoo.com/how-protect-natural-hair-11489346.html

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Hair Loss in Black Women

One of the most emotionally devastating concerns that I hear voiced from women is normally regarding hair loss. We understand that a woman’s head of hair is her crowning glory — and losing too much hair can be a serious and frightening blow to her self-esteem.

Placing so much importance on the state of your hair may seem like a vanity, but it is not.   Your hair is one of the first areas, along with skin and nails, to display signs of hormonal imbalance, poor nutrition, or illness.   Understanding how hair regenerates and paying attention to any changes in your own hair growth and appearance are important parts of taking care of yourself.
The truth is that a reasonable amount of hair loss (50 – 100 strands a day) is normal.   More than that is an indicator for a serious underlying illness.   Many rule hair loss as an inevitable part of the aging process and suggest treating the situation with topical solutions like Rogain instead of getting to the source of the issue to slow down or stop the problem causing the hair loss.
How do I know if the amount of hair I’m losing is normal?
One way to test if your hair loss is normal is the “pull test”.   Run your fingers through about 60 strands of hair (no, you don’t actually have to count them, just guess.).  You should end up with 5 – 8 strands of hair in your hand.   Reflecting the average 10% of hair follicles that are transitioning towards the resting phase at any one time.   More than 15 hairs may indicate a more unusual period of hair loss called telogen effluvium (sudden, unlocalized loss of hair).
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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Avocados Have Skin and Hair Benefits

These are some great recipes for hair and skin care.  However, I don’t think the hair mix would be good for locs because it might not rinse out that well and you wouldn’t want to have buildup left over from the avocado mix.   For loose natural hair I think it’s a great moisturizing mix though.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Avocados might look like an unassuming vegetable but it trumps most vegetables in terms of nutrients.   Nutritionists are basically united in saying that it is a complete food.   Avocados are rich in potassium, Vitamin E, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin K,  fiber, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper and protein and have been used in treating a ton of skin and hair ailments.   The skin should have a label saying, the hair and skin healer, made and produced by nature.

It’s that good… and you will be hard pressed to find anything in nature that works as well for black hair.   The avocado itself and the avocado oil are really winners with African American type hair, both natural and processed, this vegetable does not discriminate.   Apart from its nutritious goodness, avocado is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.   The avocado contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and guard against stroke, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Avocados, with their natural fatty richness are good for skin and hair.   It was the Egyptians who first used this fruit because it prevents hair loss and promotes hair growth.   It is also used to improve the condition of hair by acting as a moisturizer.  This fruit makes hair shiny and gorgeous and skin moisturized and supple.

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http://blackhairmedia.com/articles/avocados-have-hair-and-skin-benefits/

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 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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Ms. Nappy Combs – A Natural Hair Care Documentary

This looks like it’s going to be a good natural hair documentary when it comes out.  If you all get a release date please let me know so I can see the full project 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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Locs / Dreadlocks are a hit at the NFL draft !

I have to admit that I am not a “footballnista”, but I will say that I am loving all the handsome men with locs that have been popping up in the NFL over the last few years.  And the draft picks this year  have kept that trend going ! It’s not just in the NFL though.  If you watch the college games of certain teams you’ll see a  lot of Locs flowing from under helmets as well 🙂  Keep up the great hair work fellas and be careful out there.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

 

The ABC’s of Natural Hair Decoded

I cracked up laughing when I found this article because there are a lot of little natural hair codes that are a bit much to take in when you’re transitioning 🙂 I hope this article helps the natural newbies and long time naturals who want to know all the latest natural hair codes.  If you have some that you don’t see in the article please leave a comment and share them 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Are you a PJ who BC’d and loves a good WNG?  There’s a lot of jargon thrown around on natural hair blogs and forums, and if you’re new to the conversation, it can be quite puzzling.  Well, you can (TMN) thank me now because I’m about to help you decipher the word play, so you can get clear on what it all means for you.

A is for APL (Arm Pit Length) which refers to length.  BSL (Bra Strap Length), CL (Collar Length), MBL (Mid Back Length) and WL (Waist Length) are all common descriptors.

B is for BC (Big Chop). This is the courageous act of chopping off your relaxed hair. Some opt to do the Big Chop with only an inch or so of new growth remaining on their heads leaving them with a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro).  Another option is the (LTT )Long Term Transition where you cut the relaxed hair out gradually.  Either way, the first day you step out with your freedom hair (relaxer free) is a milestone moment.  Relish it.

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http://www.transitioningmovement.com/Default.aspx?CN=4E11AA0E5382

Homemade Shampoo and Conditioner for Natural Hair Care

I’ve been hearing more and more about people washing their hair with non shampoo products.  I’m not there yet, but I found this article about the movement.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

 

“Natural” has become a trendy word associated with beauty products. We all want to take care of our beauty with wholesome and natural ingredients. When it comes to our hair, natural hair care can be surprisingly easy. You can opt to clean and maintain their tresses with homemade hair care products.

For many, the idea of not washing you hair with shampoo might be a little weird and slightly disgusting as well. The homemade shampoo and conditioner movement, coincidentally, has a bit of a nasty-sounding name–the “No Poo” movement, short for “No Shampoo.” It’s gaining popularity as an underground beauty trend among many people fed up with the sulfates used in shampoos that strip our hair of beneficial oils. With constant washing, our scalp tries to compensate for the lost oil by producing more of it, and this leads to a cycle of constantly having to wash your hair with sulfate-heavy shampoos. No Poo-ing also has an eco-friendly aspect to it. With less hair washing, you’ll save water and plastic shampoo bottles from ending up in the landfills.

So, how do you wash your hair without shampoo and conditioner? Here are some of the best tips on how to start your own no poo regimen.

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http://www.dailyglow.com/homemade-shampoo-and-conditioner-tips-for-natural-hair-care.html

Natural Black Hair: My Journey and Hair Advice

This is a great article I found on hubpages about natural hair and the journey from having a relaxer.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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Why do we use relaxers anyways?

Natural black hair is not hard to manage. This myth prevents many black women from going natural. They think once they stop relaxing their hair, they will be left with kinky matted hair.

Black women have been conditioned to believe, that their natural hair is unattractive and impossible to manage. Relaxer companies feed this lie, to sell their products. Relaxers are very damaging to the hair and scalp. not only are they unhealthy for your hair, but they can have unhealthy effects on one’s self image.

Most black women relax their hair because they have been taught from a young age that black hair is ugly and needs to be fixed. The decision to chemically straighten one’s hair, is likely about being socially acceptable. It’s more than just a hairstyle choice, for most black women.

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http://gabbyg.hubpages.com/hub/Natural-Black-Hair-My-Journey-and-Hair-Advice

Wendy Willams disses Viola Davis for going natural on the red carpet.

I was irritated along with everyone else when I heard Wendy put Viola down for wearing her natural hair to The Oscars.  But then I had to remind myself that this is a woman who has her own show yet doesn’t have enough self esteem or self respect to wear her hair natural on her own program.  So of course she doesn’t get how beautiful natural hair is.  This is a woman who brags about the two tons of wig that she puts on everyday as if it’s something to be proud of.  The idea that natural hair is not “professional” or “red carpet worthy” is moronic.  Viola was a Natural Goddess on the red carpet last Sunday and should be respected for the bold step forward that she took.

Wendy doesn’t have guts enough to get rid of the wigs and embrace her own natural hair so really her opinion on it doesn’t matter.  I’m well aware that she has a thyroid issue and has thin hair, but that should give her even more motivation to get rid of the relaxer and wigs and give what hair she has a chance to be healthy.  Even Oprah embraced her natural hair for a whole season on her show before she refried it with relaxer in her last season on air.  Granted, she had it flat ironed or blow dried out, but she still went natural.  So since you want to be Oprah so bad Wendy, you should follow her lead and go natural for a season before you talk smack about other folks hair.

Stick to your usual non factual celeb gossip Wendy and leave the natural hair comments alone until you have enough sense to wear your own hair natural.

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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