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African Hair and it’s Significance: Connecting to our Spirit

This is a very informative video on the history of hair for Africans and it’s spiritual connections. Thank you OnixIsis for this great video.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com



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The infamous Ron Artest hair cut of 3-7-2010 LOL

Ok so the big talk today was about Ron Artest’s new hair cut that he wore for the Lakers vs Magic basketball game. In case you haven’t seen it yet I have a picture of it below. To me, his hair looks a hot mess and probably jinxed the game because the Lakers lost LOL I’m all for being creative and expressing yourself, but I said it before and I’ll say it again, Black folks should not be bleaching their hair blond ! And don’t get me started on the purple accents.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the hair do. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel – Publisher for healthylocsblog.com & Master Loctician

Hair care tips for black women

Hey guys, check out this cool article I found on natural hair care tips below;

Hair care tips for black women

Here are some simple tips on hair care for black women.

Night Care: Section off your hair and plait it or wrap it up using a scarf before you go to bed. You hair becomes tangled during the night if left open, hence, tying and wrapping it will reduce the number of tangles, thus, reducing the chances of hair breakage. This will also help avoid split ends which are caused due to rubbing of your hair against the pillow case. You must always use a wide tooth comb to style your hair. Using a fine-tooth comb will lead to hair breakage. You can use fine tooth combs and brushes only for finishing touches after styling.

Diet: Diet plays an important role in a proper hair growth, hence, you must eat a healthy diet. Include vitamins and proteins in your diet, these are very essential for proper hair growth. Also, you must drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and to have shiny and healthy hair.

Oil Massage: Oil massage is a must for your scalp. Massage the scalp regularly to promote circulation and oil production. Go for a hot oil treatment once a month. Apply hot oil to your hair and scalp, massage your scalp in circular directions. Now, cover your head with a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for about 20 minutes or wrap your head in a towel. Then wash the hair thoroughly with shampoo, followed by conditioning it. This is the best natural hair care for black women, it helps the dry brittle hair to get soft.

You can opt for natural oils such as shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. Applying oil to wet hair to will help hold in the moisture. You can opt for creams or leave-in conditioners when you don’t wash or wet your hair. You might need to experiment a little to find out which oil works best for you. More on essential oils for hair growth.

Trim: The next tip on hair care for black women is clipping off the split ends regularly. Cut the split ends when your hair is wet after being washed because this is when your black hair is at its longest length. Also, you can easily see if the length is uneven and trim the hair accordingly. Trimming the tips regularly help in proper growth of hair.

Styling and Hairstyles: Hair care for black women includes keeping the hair away from heat and chemicals as much as possible. Do a little research before buying hair care products for your hair. Also avoid gluing hair extensions because gluing might badly damage your rough hair. Give your hair a day off by skipping the use of those curling irons, blow dryers, hairspray, glue, weave and perm.

Water is the best thing for your hair. But, remember that you should not use hot water. Spraying a little water on your hair every day before combing the hair is a great idea. You can try out different black hairstyles or hairstyles for black women, which works well on your natural hair type. More on hairstyles for African American women.

Wash Care: Wash your hair once or twice every week. Washing more number of times can dry your hair. Comb your hair after you have conditioned it. It is easier to remove the tangles while it’s wet. If you sweat, rinse your hair with water at least if not with shampoo and then condition it with conditioner. You must always use a conditioner after washing your hair. More on how to wash your hair.

After reading the aforementioned hair tips for black women, you must have understood that hair care for black women is not a difficult task. Follow the hair care routine to get those lovely looking locks and make heads turn!

by Andhra Lekha.com

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel – Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

“Good Hair” – Oprah, Chris Rock & Solange chat it up about African American Hair Care !

Ok so the opening scene with Chris Rock “rooting” (running his fingers through her scalp to prove it was her real hair) Oprah was hilarious ! I loved it. I thought it was funny though how defiant Oprah was right off the bat about her hair. Like “uh uh, you not about to call me out on some weave and embarrass me today Chris” LOL

But let’s be honest, she wouldn’t have to be so defensive had she not had the weave and perm before. She just recently (like the last 2 seasons) started leaving the weave and the perm out. Because back in the day she would wear her own weaveless yet permed hair. So now it turns out that she is back to the weaveless yet permed hair. Which for me is backwards because why take all that time to go natural and grow out your hair just to put the creamy crack back in it that had it messed up to begin with ?

I think it’s beautiful that his daughter was the spark for this project of his. According to Chris, His daughter Lola, was a little too in awe of her white friends hair in the car one day. This bothered him enough for him to tackle the topic of why we as Black Women and Black People in general are so obsessed with the idea of “Good Hair” .

For those of you who are familiar with me and my work, you know I feel the nappier the better. But in all honesty, whatever hair you have on your head, no matter what the texter, is “Good Hair”. I mean let’s face it, there are some out there who have no hair at all and would give almost anything to have any kind of hair on their head.  That alone makes it silly for us to be out here worrying about whether the texture of our hair is “Good” or not.

By now we hopefully all know that this whole “good hair” issue is something that is a direct result of slavery and we as black people being told that our hair, features and culture as a whole were ugly, savage and unacceptable. We were trained to think that all things White are right. Because of this, we grew to hate our own hair texture and features.

As a natural hair stylist , I know for a fact that 80 – 90 % of African Americans don’t have “nappy hair”.  The most common texture that I have seen is between a very soft curl to a sponge like texture. As a loctician I can tell you that the “nappier” a persons hair is, the easier it is to loc.  Locs are the one style where people wish they had kinkier texture so that the locks could come out a certain way.   Now again for me locs are beautiful no matter what the texture of the persons hair is.

Ok so back to the Oprah show 🙂 So when they started to show clips from the movie I had an irritating moment, because there was a scene where Nia Long was speaking about perceptions of women who wear their hair straight vs those who wear it kinky.  When she mentions the woman who wears Dreads (which is a word I don’t like either, call them Locs / Locks people) they showed a woman with extension braids in her hair. NOT a woman with Locs / Locks.  I am soooooo tired of people calling Locs / Locks,  Braids. They are not now, nor have they ever been the same thing.

So my next favorite part of this interview is when Oprah and Chris Rock point out the fact that White Women wear weaves and bleach their hair out also.  See for those of you who don’t know Black Women spend hours on end trying to get their hair to look like what they think is White Women’s natural hair.  The reality is that they don’t have all the “good hair” that you think they do. White Women spend just as much if not more money than Black Women do to make sure their hair looks long and luxurious.  And the blond hair thing is just as much of an epidemic for them, as the relaxer “creamy crack” is for Black Women.

Just like slavery did a number on us, it also did a number on White Women as well when it comes to how they want to be viewed. For them the goal is usually to be as pure and white as the driven snow, which means Blond hair and Blue eyes. Now due to all the racial mixing that has taken place throughout history, it is nearly impossible for all the women you see with blond hair to be natural blonds. So at the end of the day you have this ridiculous circle of us trying to look like White Women when they aren’t even trying to look like their natural selves anymore. Crazy huh ?!

I found out that over 14 billion dollars are spent in hair color every year mostly in White Hair Salons !! And it’s mostly on blond dye. I mean I knew that White Women colored their hair, but $14 billion just blew my mind.

Is it not also crazy that Black Women get perms to straighten their hair, While White women get perms to curl their hair ? Black Women bleach their skin to look White, while White Women tan their skin to look Black. It’s just straight up insanity people !! It’s a circle of sheer nonsense. I don’t care what race you are. Women in general need to learn to love their own, NATURAL selves.

Now the weave segment was crazy LOL Did you know that there are women who put their weave on layaway !?! Blew my mind. Now I wasn’t mad at the woman who flew from Colorado to New York to get her hair done. When you have a good stylist price and distance usually won’t stop you from getting to them LOL.  Seriously though, I have had and still have clients who waited until they got to Atlanta to get their hair done by me and they live in Chicago, Alabama & Florida. Yes, I’m that good 😉 LOL

I think it’s horrible that the people in India who shave their heads in order to get rid of vanity and offer their hair to the temple and their Gods, don’t know that their hair is being sold for thousands of dollars by the church.  There is an underground market in India that takes the hair offerings from the temples and sells it around the world to different exporters/importers. It’s horrible #1 to exploit the spiritual beliefs of the people in order make money, but #2 it’s even worse that you don’t even share the profit with the people you are taking the hair from in the 1st place.

The Solange Knowles segment, was great for me ! I love that she has gone natural (for now) and that her reason was because she wanted to be free of all the stress that comes with the perms and weaves that she had worn most of her life. She said that her 1st perm was at 4yrs old ! That is insane !! But she came to a point where it was too much and she wanted to be free of it all, no longer being a slave to her hair and embrace her natural beauty. I love it !!

I also Loooooove that Oprah made it mandatory that all the girls at her school in Africa wear their hair natural and braided so that they wouldn’t have to wake up everyday worrying about what to do with their hair so they could focus on their school work. Bravo for that one Oprah !

Cudos to Chris Rock for telling Black women “do your hair for you ! don’t worry about what this white person thinks, or that man thinks.  do your hair for you and you will be happy”.  Good stuff Chris !

There was also a part of the show where a mother named Vanessa, wrote in about her 3 year old daughter who cried because her hair wouldn’t go down like the girls at school. Her daughter was the only african american child in her class, so she wanted to look like the white girls she was in class with.  In order to show her daughter that her hair was beautiful and that she should want to look like herself and not the girls in school, Vanessa decided to cut all of her permed hair off and go natural in order to set an example for her daughter. Bravo Vanessa !!

In the Final Thoughts, Chris Rock said that he feels that “kiddy perms” should be abolished. I couldn’t agree more. It’s bad enough that adults put chemicals in their hair, but it’s even worse when you are putting it in your kids hair. Many girls got perms put in their hair at such a young age that they have no idea what their natural hair actually looks like. I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve had that swore all black people had “nappy hair” without the perms. It’s sooooo not true. As I said before, most have a curly to soft spongy texture.  And so what if your hair is “nappy” !?! As I said earlier we have all got to start loving ourselves in our NATURAL state no matter what race we are or what texture your hair is !

This is all my view on the matter.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs !

Nyesha Samuel – Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

African American Hair Care – Natural Hair? Natural Dye!

Because our hair is precious to us, many of us would much rather use natural means to color it, than harmful, commercial means that would damage our hair. Many commercial products generate negative side effects such as hair loss, burning, itching, redness, itchy or raw skin, swelling in the face, and trouble breathing, and should be avoided at all costs. Fortunately, there are herbal recipes that can help us achieve the desired results that we wish, without the annoying chemicals.

It must be noted that these natural products are not without side effects. In fact, you may experience the same, discomforting sensations from the natural hair dyes that you would from the chemical versions. When in doubt, leave it out! If you feel that you will have an allergic reaction after using these herbs in your hair, do not proceed any further until a medical professional has alleviated your fears. Also make sure that your herbs are authentic. There are many false imitations of henna, for instance, that are harmful.

To begin, test and see whether the herb recipes will give your hair the desired effect. This can be done by trimming off a bit of hair and applying the recipes to that portion. If your hair color reacts unfavorably with the recipe, then you should forgo using the treatment. One thing that you should understand before this process is that herbal dyes are usually “progressive dyes” and only manage to enhance or change the hair in subtle ways. Still, you do not want to give herbs the benefit of the doubt, only to wake up the next morning with orange hair!

To lighten your hair, you may want to consider using lemon juice. Take juice from 2 lemons and strain that in 1 quart of water. Shampoo your hair, prior to using, and add the mixture to dried hair. For peak results, dry your hair in the sun.

Use henna if you would like to get an auburn look. Henna is a considerably healthy herb, known for thickening the hair. Because of its strong properties, it is wise to use henna with a lighter herb like chamomile. First, take 2 parts of henna and 1 part of chamomile powder and mix them in a nonmetal bowl with bowling water so that the mixture becomes pasty. When the paste is lukewarm, use gloves to apply the mixture to your hair. Then tie a plastic bag over your hair and wrap it with a towel for 30 minutes to 2 hours so that the henna mixture will work better. Rinse out your hair and let it air dry in the sun.

If you are concerned about gray hair, you should use a sage rinse. Boil a half cup or so of the herb in water and strain it. After the substance cools, you can pour it through dried, shampooed hair 15 times and then let rinse it in cool water. Sage is a progressive dye, so this process should be repeated weekly until you get the results you want. You should then proceed to repeating the process every month to maintain the desired color.

There are many more ways to color your hair naturally. Continue to experiment and find which method works best for you.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel- Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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