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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.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Pelo Malo (Bad Hair): A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations

I would love it if this piece would come to Atlanta, GA so i can see the full film.  I watched the series Black In Latin America and am interested in seeing this one as well. Click below to watch the trailer.

“Pelo Malo” means “bad hair” in Spanish. It’s a term that is commonly used in Latin America, and it’s also the title of a new Venezuelan film that tackles racism and homophobia.

Junior is a 9-year-old living in a poor neighborhood in Caracas. School is about to start, and he has to have his picture taken. Junior, like many Venezuelans, has European, indigenous and African ancestry, which gives him thick, tightly curled hair. He becomes obsessed with straightening it, trying everything from blow-drying to applying gobs of mayonnaise. That last attempt drives his mother, a struggling widow, insane; she threatens to “cortarle el pelo,” just cut all his hair off.

Click HERE to read more about the film.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Black Hair Care: The Korean Monopoly the Industry

This is a fantastic documentary about the beauty supply industry and the attempted shut out of Black owners by Korean owners.  I live in the Atlanta,GA and I make sure that whenever i’m in Marietta to work with a hair client I go to Atlanta Beauty Depot.  Its a black owned beauty supply store on Cobb Pkwy.  If you know of any black owned beauty supply stores in your area, no matter where you are, that you would like us to support here at healthylocsblog.com please leave the name and contact info of the store in the comment area below.

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

‘In Our Heads About Our Hair’ (Trailer) – Documentary On Black Hair

I can’t wait to see the full version of this documentary when it is released.  It looks like it’s going to be very informative from every angle of hair care.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the trailer 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Click below to watch the trailer;

 

In Our Heads About Our Hair – Trailer from Hemamset Angaza on Vimeo.

Did Somebody Say Good Hair? Part 2/2 Women Who LOVE Their Natural Hair!

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

 

Part 2 of that great video from earlier.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Click below to watch video;

 

Do You Care For Your Hair?

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

Kinky, coily, curly, napptastically natural; these are all words and phrases I’ve heard used to describe my year-old untamed mane. I say year old because it was only last July that I stopped putting chemicals on my hair and scalp completely. I cut the perms and relaxers (even color, farewell to my burgundy low lighted streaks) and completely let my tress grow to its now ferociously fabulous state. ‘Going natural,’ as it is often referred to has been one of the most enlightening and rewarding promenade I’ve had in my 21 years of life.

I’d liken the journey of going natural to falling in a deeply obsessive and unrelenting love affair, although I wasn’t always this smitten. When ‘they’, those ominously adept natural voices of the world, tell you going natural is a journey they aren’t kidding. No hyperbole here. You begin like a baby taking its first steps and end up like a long distance marathon runner with big brand name endorsements. Personally, my natural journey began by accident which made my transition between chemical and chemical-free rough to say the least (pun intended).

Though I may have enjoyed the convenience of having ‘relaxed’ straight hair, the chemicals had made it limp, unhealthy, and prone to breakage. Eventually I gave up on taking care of my hair all together and simply opted to wearing extensions. Turns out, I had them in for so long my perm simply grew out. No fuss, no harm; or so I thought. Little did I know I had missed a crucial in-between step of the process where you learn to manage your natural hair for the first time.

Click below to read the full article;

http://www.now.org/news/blogs/index.php/sayit/2011/10/19/do-you-care-for-your-hair

Angela Simmons Natural Under the Weaves

There was a lot a talk about Angela’s hair when she tweeted a pic of it with the weave out.  I always felt like it was redundant  to get a relaxer and then put a weave on your hair so I’m happy to hear (and see) that she is taking care of her hair and keeping it natural under all the weave changes.  What disappointed me in the below article is the fact that 1) she has such a gorgeous head of natural hair and keeps it covered with weaves  2) that she considers her natural hair “ugly” after she works out  &  3) that she’s making excuses for wearing the weaves over wearing her own natural hair out and owning it.  Over all it’s a good interview though. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

 

Angela Simmons Talks Natural Hair !

On her hair and the twitter pic…
I’ve been natural for 3 years. I was wearing weaves and keeping my hair braided underneath and I was like, why am I still relaxing if I’m keeping it braided anyway?! I figured I didn’t need the chemicals and plus it burned. So I guess you can say I transitioned. I never cut it, or got a major cut. I just stopped getting perms. I was experiencing major breakage from the perm and old color so I grew out the damage with the help of my stylist. My hair grows super fast underneath the weaves.

On her hair texture…
It’s soft and big and thick. And when I wash it, it curls up. I love it!

On her favorite products…
I don’t really do my own hair, but for upkeep, I’ll use Moroccan Oil. Other than that, I stay in the hair salon. I’m there like 2-3 times a week.

Click below to read the full interview;

http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/09/on-couch-with-angela-simmons-natural.html

Transtioning to Natural – Debora “Debz”

HI!! My name is Debora but everybody calls me “Debz”. I am transitioning back to natural hair (this is my second time,I was natural for 4 years). I’ve recently cut the majority of my permed ends so my transitioning journey is almost done *dancing*. I’ve created a blog to share my journey and also provide tips. themanetopic.blogspot.com

Picture 1 is my new cut and current look, picture 2 is from nov 2010 and is one of my go-to transitioning styles (bantu knot out), picture 3 is me with a half wig which i use as a protective style during my transition.

  • How long do you plan to transition? I’ve been transitioning for a year now, I just chopped off the majority of my permed ends and I plan on chopping the rest for new year’s to reveal a new TRUE natural me.
  • What styles are helping you through transitioning? WIGS!! I wear half wigs and mostly do Bantu Knot Outs when I wear my hair. I straighten all of my hair like once a month to do length checks.
  • Do you have support in your life concerning your going natural? If not, how are you handling any criticism? This is my SECOND time going natural,the first time I never wore my natural texture but it did inspire a few of my friends(including my mom) to go natural as well. I really don’t have much negativity around me and if I do I just take it in stride and keep on with my journey.

Keshia Knight Pulliam: Natural Hair Celeb

Many celebs who you see with straight hair, don’t always have a perm or a weave going on.  Keshia is a prime example of that.  For years she had one of the healthiest heads of hair on television and that’s because she kept it natural .  Below is a great interview where she explains her hair routine over the years and how she keeps it healthy these days. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com

 

Keshia Knight Pulliam: Natural Hair Celeb

Keshia Knight Pulliam, aka Rudy Huxtable of the groundbreaking sitcom ‘The Cosby Show’, is On The Couch! Save for the poofy twists and braids she rocked in the ‘80s, I’ve only seen her in straight styles, and naturally assumed she was relaxed. She dished on her favorite products, her straightening routine, and how she came to embrace her curls.

CN: Word on the street is that you’re natural. Is this true?

KNP: I am natural and have been my entire life, except for a short time in college, when I experimented with a perm. I have always had lots of long, thick hair. Everyone remembers me from ‘The Cosby Show’, with my big, puffy braids. Sometimes I look back and think, “y’all did me so dirty…you didn’t even blow dry my hair right… just slapped it back!” [Laughter] It was funny because I had never embraced the fact that my hair was very, very curly. Whenever they’d style it on set, they’d brush through it and pull it back. And every one knows if your goal is to keep your curls, you never ever brush or comb through them! Frizz city. That’s why my hair was always so big.

Click below to read the full interview;

http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/02/keshia-knight-pulliam-natural-hair.html

Raven-Symoné: Natural Hair Interview

I love me some Raven and have for years, but most times when you see her in an interview she is basking in the glory of her weaves.  So i was super excited to see this interview of her talking about her love of her natural hair !  Apparently she does the weaves for television, but rocks her natural hair in her day to day activities.  This is a really good interview.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for  healthylocsblog.com

 

Raven-Symoné: Natural Hair Interview

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with actress and singer extraordinaire, Raven-Symoné. Best known for her roles as Olivia Kendall on ‘The Cosby Show’, and Raven Baxter on the hit Disney sitcom, ‘That’s So Raven’, she is all grown up and doing the dang thing. Talented, smart, and beautiful, Raven is a role model for young and old alike. Over the years, she has rocked braids, ponytails, lace fronts, and weaves. She’s worn her hair curly, short, long, red, blond, and black. But did you know that underneath her Hollywood hair, she is a fellow natural? She shares her hair story, and her reasons for keeping her natural hair hidden away.

CN: Tell us your Hair Story!

RS: My hair story… wow… it’s long and complicated. I’ll do my best to make it interesting!

Back in the day, it would take my mother an hour and thirty minutes just to brush it out. Ridiculous! I’ll never forget my first relaxer… the entire process took 4 hours. It was April 11th, and I was around 11 or 12. I had been telling my mom that the tears would stop; the long styling sessions would cease, if she’d just let me get a perm. She finally caved. And so on April 11th, I went to the shop and let the stylist detangle my hair. Nearly two hours later, she began to apply the relaxer. She didn’t use a super duper relaxer- – it was just enough so that it would only take me 30 minutes to brush it out. I don’t think she left it on for even two minutes.

Click below to read the full interview;

http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/02/raven-symone-natural-hair-interview.html

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