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Loc Interview with Andrea

This is a great interview that one of my hair clients just participated in!  Thank you for the shout our in the article Andrea 🙂 Leave a comment and let me know what you think.











In a nutshell tell us your natural hair story

I’ve been natural for ten years. I’ve worn locs for approximately 8 of those years. A decade is a long time I guess and so much has happened in my life that I haven’t really considered this a journey or a story for quite some time. I can tell you that it was my ex-husband that encouraged me to go natural. Not only encouraged he kind of challenged me.

I grew up being a skinny dark-skinned girl with a “decent grade of hair.” I remember begging my mom for a perm when I was about nine-years-old. I did not have hair issues per say until college. A stylist switched perms on me and I lost a lot of hair. I just chalked it up to life. To me a scalp burn, a burned hair patch or a little thinning was just something that black women dealt with. I mean I didn’t know anything different.

When I got pregnant with my second daughter her father began to encourage me to consider my concepts of beauty for her sake. He just started asking these irritating questions like, “Well if part of what makes you beautiful is your long, permed hair is she less beautiful because she won’t have long permed hair?” He really irritated me with his questions! LOL

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Hair in the Mainstream !

When I saw this commercial for the first time the other day i thought it was the best one of the week!  I was so happy to see the beautiful women and girls sporting their healthy natural hair and flawless chocolate skin in this ad. Good job on the casting of this commercial Ford 🙂  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂



Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs,

Nyesha Samuel, Master Loctician/Publicist for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Hair Shampooing Dos And Don’t

Making the transition to natural hair can be a tough journey. When you are used to the results that chemicals and hot irons give you, the change can be difficult to deal with. There are so many new hair tricks you need to learn to have a rich, healthy head of hair.

Years of treating your hair could have hurt your hair and scalp. If you want to erase the damage and begin natural hair care, these are the dos and doníts for shampooing:

Donít Wash Your Hair Everyday

Itís a rookie mistake to wash your hair every single day. You may feel the instinct to let water run through your hair after a long dayís work, but over-washing can actually cause more damage. Your hair needs the natural oils that accumulate during the day. Washing too frequently will strip your hair of all the essential moisture, making it frizzier and harder to manage.

Do Shampoo Your Hair In Sections

Natural hair has the nasty tendency to break. People with normal hair usually wash their hair loose, but for those with natural Black hair, this causes breakage and tangles. The solution is to wash your hair in sections. Use braids, ties, or clips to separate the sections. Shampoo one part at a timeó it will make the process much more manageable.

Donít Forget to Rinse Properly

Hair care can be a huge hassle. For natural hair, it can take several hours longer to wash than relaxed hair. Since the process is so long, you might not feel encouraged to dedicate your time. Do not rush through rinsing out the shampooó leftover residue can give your hair a greasy quality and make your curls limp. So, take the time to rinse after shampooing properly; the time you invest will be well worth the results.

Do Pick The Best Shampoo

When it comes to getting the best shampoo for African American hair, you will want to choose products that contain the essential oils that your hair needs to promote healthy hair growth and shine. A lot of new natural hair products have emerged in the past few years, so there is bound to be something available for the current condition of your hair.

Do Give Yourself A Scalp Massage

The best way to clean your hair is from the roots. Many people make the mistake of concentrating on the ends of hair, and more so when they have split ends. Because the ends will get cleaned when the shampoo on your scalp travels down, donít place all of your focus on the tips. By massaging your scalp with shampoo, you are getting at the main cause of dirty hair.

Do Follow Up With Conditioner

Shampoo isnít the end of the natural hair washing process. You also need to use conditioner, and without an effective follow up conditioner, your hair wonít be manageable, will tangle easily and lose moisture quickly. A lot of people with natural hair opt for shea butter conditioner because it promotes extra moisture for even the driest hair.

Donít Scrub Your Hair Or Scalp

Natural hair is more prone to breakage, therefore, you must be extra tender when caring for your hair and scalp. Avoid scrubbing your hair and scalp to prevent more breakage.

As long as you follow the tips carefully, you will not only have a breakage problem, your hair will look better than ever.

Written by Guest Blogger- Marcela De Vivo

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com


*Marcela De Vivo is a freelance health writer in California whose writing for NorthWest covers everything on hair and skin care, tech, marketing, and health. To prevent breakage, she follows these tips to keep her hair healthy and moisturized.

4 Ways to Repair Hair Breakage

Don’t freak out over hair breakage it happens to the best of us. To correct damage here are four easy steps that you can take to restore your hair’s health.

Avoid rubber bands or clips that will easily tangle your hair. Rubber bands are especially good for putting stress on your hair and ripping it out. After your hair has experienced breakage, rubber bands are the last thing that you want to use.

Stop over manipulating your hair. Give your hair a resting period with a protective natural hair style. You can wear twists, box braids, cornrows, buns, or pretty much anything that protects the ends of your hair. If you don’t mind wearing wigs, cornrow your hair, moisturize it every day and wear a quick wig for a couple of weeks. They are great for easy styling, can be purchased in kinky-curly textures; giving your hair a well deserved break.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Having Locs Just to Have Long Hair?

When I started my locs, the last thing on my mind was how long my hair would get.  I was happy when it was long enough to finally put in a ponytail, but starting locs just to have long hair was not my thing at all.  But apparently there are folks out here starting locs just to fulfill their life long dream of having long hair like a white girl.

Look,  it’s not my place to tell anyone why they should start their locs, BUT dang y’all, Don’t let “long hair like a white girl” be your move.  If you want long hair for fake reasons, then just sew or glue a weave in your head and leave locs to those of us who actually appreciate OUR ancestry.

And for the record, locs that are too long can cause spinal and muscle issues.  When ever my locs start to feel too heavy I pull the scissors out quick.  I’m not sacrificing the health of my neck trying to be cute and you shouldn’t either.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Upholding the beauty of black hair

Black hair is always assumed to be stronger than other types of hair. This however is a misconception that people have lived with over the years. This misconception can be attributed to the fact that most people in possession of black hair are considered hard-cores.  Black hairs mostly grow in a curly manner that makes it have an irregular coiled wave patterns resembling a coiled string. This characteristic makes black hair hard to manage. Use of chemicals i.e. relaxers could help solve this problem since it gives a wide variety of options that can be used in styling the hair. These chemicals could however damage the hair especially those that are extremely curl because of their delicate nature.

Black hair care outside salons is therefore a vital activity. One should avoid wearing stuff that pulls the hair backwards from the face i.e. tight head bands or use of rubber bands. This is because pulling the hair backwards results in the breaking of the hair and backward receding of hairlines. It therefore worth identifying the areas of one’s scalp that have weak or strong hair. This helps in determining the time spent processing the hairs in those areas. While most cases of baldness are attributed to genetic issues, it can also be caused by wrongful use of hair chemicals.

Black hair care therefore entails conditioning, styling, proper drying and shampooing of the hair regularly. This prevents hair breakage and promotes new hair growth.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Natural Hair-Care Companies, Black-Business Owners, and the Retail Boom

While flipping through your favorite magazine you may notice an increase in advertisement featuring African-American models and celebrities who’ve opted to go relaxer free. Among the products advertised, you may run across many that are Black-owned.

The increase of natural hair awareness is prompting a gradual increase in Black-owned companies catering to natural hair. Black women are increasingly making efforts to manage their natural hair textures, and by doing so, they are generating a huge market for natural hair care products, which has attracted the attention of mainstream companies looking to enter the natural hair-care arena. As a result, companies that once marketed exclusively to relaxed hair (Proctor and Gamble, Revlon, etc.) are creating new products to coincide with other independent companies that cater exclusively to natural and curly hair textures.

The Black Snob’s, Danielle Belton, wrote an insightful article for Clutch magazine concerning mainstream hair-care companies and their sudden shift toward the natural care market.

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Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

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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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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