Monthly Archives: May 2014

Substitute: Cinnamon to Stimulate Hair Growth Instead of Garlic/Onion

 

I like this better!

I’m a lover of anything cinnamon; anything that has a Fall/Christmas scent for that matter.

Anyway, I discovered cinnamon works just as effectively as garlic/onions to stimulate the scalp. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eO2E6prGhc).

Cinnamon also smells a lot better obviously.

However, the fact that garlic/onions contain sulphur probably makes them overall superior to cinnamon for overall hair benefits, but I really couldn’t deal with the scent/migraine I got from using them.

I had to scrub , bleach, light candles, air fresheners, etc., to get rid of the garlic smell that seemed to seep into the walls when I last whipped up a batch to apply to my hair.

I’m so thankful I found this cinnamon substitute, but if you can handle the garlic/onion smell, then by all means go for it. I still highly believe it’s great for hair growth.

I am going to apply the cinnamon to my scalp for 15-30 mins every time  before co-washing.

The way I am going to make the mixture is:

1 tsp cinnamon

1tbsp of any of my fav oils

a dash of peppermint extract (optional)

I am going to apply this directly to the scalp only, massage scalp, put a shower cap over my head, process for the recommended time, then wash out, and co wash as usual.

Cinnamon benefits for hair:

-treats hair loss/alopecia

-scalp cleanser

Caution: may lighten hair

 

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Steaming With Garlic/Onion Oil for Hair Growth

 

 

 

Disclaimer!: THIS WORKS, BUT DO NOT LEAVE IT ON YOUR HAIR LONGER THAN 30 mins- 1hr. IT GAVE ME AN EXCRUCIATING MIGRAINE AND MY VISION BECAME FUZZY.  Remember it causes blood to actively circulate your scalp. Leaving it on too long can cause over circulation, and that near the brain can be dangerous. 20140527-091422-33262517.jpg

Not trying to be stereotypical or label people , but every time I see a darker skinned person with long, voluminous, kinky, awesome hair, I think “Haitian”.

Haitians have been marked popular in the natural hair community for their odd, but amazing natural hair remedies, which explains their lovely mane.

One of their hair growth remedies besides huile d’mascreti (castor oil) and moelle de boeuf (bone marrow) is rubbing onion juice/onion oil on scalp (see video below).

Garlic works the same way, but also helps with shedding.

What you’ll need:
1 clove garlic/ onion
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) olive oil

Directions:
-Chop garlic/onion up and apply to container.
-Add the olive oil
-warm up the mixture (not too hot to burn your scalp).
Only make a small amount, because it is best to use a fresh batch each time.

Application
-Part hair and apply all over scalp and ends of hair
-Cover hair with plastic cap and leave on for an hour or less (read disclaimer)! Or you can sit under a hooded dryer for 15 mins
– Co wash or shampoo after. I am doing this every time I co wash.

Some people apply this to their hair every night and do not wash it out in the morning. They claim if you just apply it to your scalp, there is no scent after a few hours, but I am funny about smells, so I would not leave this in personally.  Also as I said, I kept it in for about 2 hrs by mistake and it gave me an excruciating migraine, plus blurry vision. I had to sleep away the pain; it was so bad.

 

Too much of a good thing can be bad.

Benefits:

-treats balding
-helps eliminate shedding
-contains allicin which stimulates/tingles the scalp to increase circulation
-provides salon shine
-organic
-cheap
-removes toxins from the scalp. Healthy scalp equals hair growth.
-contains high amounts of sulphur a.k.a “the beauty mineral”. Hair, skin and nails are naturally made up of sulphur. Sulphur aids with lengthening the hair’s growth phase.

Torn: Battle of the Shea Moisture Leave-Ins

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In a perfect world, shea Moisture would make a product the same size and fragrance as its cur enhancing smoothie, with the consistency of their style milk for girls like me…but that would be selfish.

I knew this was going to happen. I love both!

Shea Moisture Smoothie: thicker consistency, conditions my hair better, can be used in the Winter too, contains 12 oz for $9.99 vs Shea Moisture Milk’s 8 oz for the same price, smells like pina colada.

Shea Moisture Milk: more water based, thinner consistency, defines my hair better, conditions, can probably only be used by itself in the summer, but too thin for the winter, smells like coconut and hibiscus (I love coconut), same price as smoothie, tones my frizz down a lot!

The Shea Moisture Milk defines my hair better and gives it that “pillow soft” feel I love. When I apply it to my hair as a leave in after washing with nothing else, it feels amazing! I don’t even need gel, because it combats frizz. I love it for carefree days, and I absolutely love the fact that it’s lightweight and I don’t have to layer it.

My decision: I am definitely still rooting for my staple (Shea Moisture Smoothie), but may have to only use it in the winter/ when my hair is super dry, or to do styles like braid outs, etc. with it. I will be using the milk for other times of the year.

I knew my hair was going to prefer the consistency of the milk over the smoothie, because of the video below. My hair texture has always preferred more water based products as opposed to heavier butters.

Below is a video I found on YouTube that perfectly describes why my hair type prefers water-based products.

 

 

Five Tips to Encourage Natural Clumping (Any hair texture)

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What is clumping?

Clumping occurs when your hair strands bind together. The thicker the clumping, the bigger your curl; Therefore a person with say type 3A hair will have more clumping than a person with 3C hair type, etc.

Clumped strands are genetic, although your hair practices can enhance or decrease the amount of clumping you get.

What are the benefits of clumping?

-stronger strands

-little to no single strand knots ( didn’t even know what a single strand knot was until I researched it).

-ability to wear hair in loose, unprotected styles more because  strands are binded together, therefore less vulnerable to damage.

-less frizz

-less shedding

-a bit more “hangtime”

Manual clumping:

Braid outs, twist-outs, coil outs, roller sets, straw-sets, etc. Basically any manual styling that mimics a clumped curl.

Natural Clumping: 

As stated above natural clumping is genetic but we all get it regardless of texture. However, obviously the bigger your curls/ coils, the more clumping you’ll have

Below are a few tips on how to enhance natural clumping for all hair textures.

Tip 1: Finger Detangling

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Quick story: When I first went natural, for a year I was terrified to use tools on my hair such as combs/brushes, because I thought it was going to comb out my curls forever.

I now use a wide tooth comb or denman brush sometimes, but for the most part, finger detangling will give you the most clumping. II finger detangle 75% of the time, and going to start doing it more often.

It will feel as though you’re not getting out every single knot, which is totally fine. You don’t have to. Your hair is not straight. You do not need to detangle it in it’s curly/coily state to the point where you can run a fine tooth comb through it; once your hair dries, you won’t be able to tell anyway.

I watched a YouTube video of a lady detangling her natural type 4 hair with a narrow toothed comb, then complained about her lack of curl pattern, after she had basically combed out any chance of a curl/coil.

Remember the more packed together your strands, the more clumping you’ll get. If you use combs and brushes to comb through your curls constantly,  you’re ripping them apart from each other.

Fingers (well manicured/short nails) are safe because they don’t have sharp edges, they won’t tear your bonded strands apart, and they give you the ability to carefully feel and identify tangles.

Tip 2: Smoothing/wringing:

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Smoothing and wringing hair encourages clumping because you are manually binding the strands together. When applying product to hair, smooth  and rub it down the shaft using your hands.

Wring as much water out off your hair, before drying. Wringing will not only bind the strands together more, but also help prevent frizzing caused by friction from towels, and even tshirts.

Tip 3: When doing your final rinse, use really cold water

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Cold water closes the hair’s cuticles. It is similar to closing the pores on skin. When the hair’s cuticles are sealed, it binds the strands together.

Tip 4: Air Drying

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Air drying takes forever. I know. It can also make you sick in the winter, but it is the safest way to dry your hair. Air drying dries the hair exactly as is, unless you constantly touch it. I definitely have “hand in my hair syndrome”, but even then I am still able to get better curls when I air dry than when I diffuse (post about how much I hate diffusing coming soon). The hooded dryer gives me nice , clumped curls, but I do wash and go’s often, and sitting under the hooded dryer each time can be damaging to hair.

The reason air drying and hooded dryers enhance natural clumps, is because the air is blowing down your hair shaft, causing the hair to dry almost exactly as is, with minimal frizz/ manipulation.Using a diffuser can affect clumping because the air is blowing on your strands in different directions. I ALWAYS get a ton of frizz with a diffuser, even when I “diffuse downward”. Frizz disrupts clumping.

 

Tip 5: Gel/Gelos/hair puddings

20140524-093028-34228151.jpgGels/gelos/puddings help keep strands binded together and prevent frizz, but I use them minimally, and more-so on special occasions. I like my hair fluffly on an everyday basis, as i’ve stated a million times, and these products tend to create a bit of a hold, preventing that fluffiness. Fluffiness is not frizz by the way. When I say fluffy, I mean pillow soft. I use leave in conditioner only most day, but for days I want the extra definition and clumping, I use a hair gelo. Gelos have a soft- medium hold, while puddings have a soft hold, and gels have the strongest hold. Always look for alcohol free. Organic is also always better.

So there you have it; five tips to encourage natural clumping:

1)finger detangling

2)smoothing/wringing

3) cold water rinses

4)airdrying

5) stylers like gels, gelos and puddings

 

 

 

Why I Prefer Gelos Over Gels

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III Sisters of Nature Gelo (8oz) – $9.99
Eco Styler Argon Oil Gel- $1.29

Yes, hair gelos, custards and jellies are about three times more expensive than regular gel, but these are a few reasons why I prefer them:

1) Protein free: Almost every single gel contains protein. I actually went to the beauty supply store looking for a protein-free gel with NO luck. I have low porosity hair, so too much protein makes my hair hard. Most gelos, jellies and custards are protein free.

2) Light weight consistency: gels are too sticky and thick for my liking, whereas gelos, jellies and custards are more runny and glides on my hair better.

3) More moisturizing: they usually contain better ingredients than gel, so they provide some moisture. Even alcohol free gel will dry your hair out if you don’t use some type of moisturizer below or oil.

4) Less crunch/stiffness- gelos, jellies and custards are lightweight as stated, so they create less stiffness than gels. Although in my opinion that doesn’t hold true for brands such as Beautiful Textures Custard and Kinky Curly Custard. I like III Sister’s of Nature Gelo because it defines exactly like every gel/ gelo I’ve tried without the heaviness or stiffness.. and I’ve tried lots.

5) Better second day hair (see reason #4)

6) Better ingredients This particular Gelo is all organic. I will list the ingredients below.

7) A little goes a long way as the consistency is so much thinner and can be distributed easier to hair. I rarely section my hair when applying gelos.

8) They allow for better movement of hair. I like fluffier hair as opposed to ramen noodle stiff curls, so if you’re the same way, you’ll prefer gelos over gels. Although this particular Gelo super defines my wet hair, but unlike gel causes curls to dry lightweight. You don’t have to do a lot of manual fluffing, if any at all.

9) Provides great slip.

III Sister’s of Nature Ingredients:

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Where Exactly is The Amla in the Amla Oil? 😳 (Review of Amla Legend Event)

 

 

 

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Product Description: What is Amla Legend Rejuvenating Oil?

An opulent concentrate that contains Amla Oil derived from an Indian superfruit renowned for its incredible conditioning properties.

I am far from naive when it comes to dealing with my hair. I’ve been natural since 2010, I have chopped and regrown my hair enough times, and dabbled in most hair products on the market.

I am also not new to Amla oil.

My grandmother is East Indian (her dad was from India), which means Amla oil, coconut oil, rosemary and witch hazel were some common terms that I grew up hearing tossed around concerning hair.

At the Amla Event, celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright stressed the fact that their products were carefully infused with amla, which they had to retrieve all the way from India. He even playfully compared their products to Miss Jessie’s, saying that Miss Jessie’s isn’t going all the way to places like India to get good ingredients for their products.

First off, I totally agree with the Miss Jessie’s comment, but I was a little skeptical that all of the Amla products were below $10. Possible though, as the Shea Moisture, an excellent all organic line is around that price range.

I then Googled amla, to see how much amla oil by itself cost, because that would tell me all I needed to know. I found out Amla itself is not an oil. Amla is a fruit.

Manufactures mix the Amla fruit into a carrier oil such as coconut oil, mineral oil, carrot oil etc. Most Amla oils on the market howevre are infused with mineral oil.

Mineral oil and petroleum jelly are worst than silicones to me, but I didn’t yet sample the producyt or had a chance to browse the ingredients, so I continued being engaged.

I love Tracee Ellis Ross, and her beautiful mane like most, but I kept hoping she was not using her image to promote false advertising.

She told us that she uses the Amla Rejuvenating Oil as a sealer on her hair, by applying a tiny dime sized amount to her ends only, then scrunching, and that it had worked amazing for her.

I received my sample bag with lots of goodies. Excited, I forgot to look at the ingredients on the back to confirm my suspicions.

I went home, took my hair out of my bun and scrunched a dime sized amount of the Amla  Rejuvenating oil on only my ends, in the same manner Tracee said she did it.

My hair had nothing but organic ingredients in it, and was just washed and conditioned the night before, so I knew the results would not have been affected by any build up.

I braided my hair in two cornrows and went to bed with the oil in my hair. I also slept on the lovely satin scarf they gave us.

The next morning my hair felt brittle. I immediately went to the restroom and looked at the ingredients on the back of the Amla Rejuvenating Oil.

I traced my eyes over every ingredient, and their was no sight of amla. Not even .5%.

The ingredients read: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Carrot Oil / Beta Carotene, Limonene.

Now compare those ingredients to that of the Indian Hemp oil by Nubian Heritage, an all organic sister line to Shea Moisture, that cost around $3 more. They both claim “India” right?

Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp Oil/serum Ingredients:

Shea Butter Oil Olive Fruit Oil, Vegetable Squalene, Hemp Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil , Vitamin B-5), Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Extract, Tiare (Gardenia Tahitensis) Flower, Garlic Extract, Neem Seed Oil, Keratin, Vitamin E.

Big difference right? You can actually understand the ingredients, and they have the difficult terms in parenthesis so you know exactly what they’re talking about,  as they do on most products made with certified  ingredients.

I couldn’t be any more disappointed. Going to scrub this stuff out of my hair today, even though I JUST shampooed two days ago :(. My hair feels like a Brillo pad.

I seriously do not believe it has anything to do with the fact that “everyone’s hair is different”. It’s a simple flaw on the part of cheap manufacturers and money hungry companies who are trying to profit off of a booming trend (natural hair).

I really feel as though my awareness of manufacturing companies and businesses in general when it comes to my hair has nothing to do with being a difficult natural, and everything to do with the fact that I took a corporate communications class my last semester of college, which really opened my eyes to the games.

I just related the knowledge I received to something I care about (my hair).

I understand companies have to make a profit. My thing is, if you choose not to use the ‘real thing’, then don’t advertise it as that.

Mel B., (my hair), makes all the final decisions about what she likes, regardless of how I or my pocket feels (lol).

I love Tracee so much. I just wish she would endorse a better brand. She’s so much better than a relaxer transitioning company who hasn’t yet grasped the concept of natural hair, but is interested in its profits.

 

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This is what came in the goody bag. I’m going to keep the satin scarf of coarse, and the mascara and nail polish. I’m going to place the coupons and sample packs in a women’s restroom for anyone who wants them. I’m using the Rejuvenating Oil on my feet.

Two things I am going to steal from Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair regimen:

1) I’m going to buy and attempt to use the diffuser one more time, diffusing downward like she does. We both have high density hair naturally, so no more volume is needed.

2) She talked about how much she didn’t like flat edges, and that she in’t concerned about them being sleek. I used to feel the same way, and still don’t use gel or edge tamers to slick them down, but I do put a scarf around them for a few minutes. I think I’m going to eventually eliminate that when wearing my hair down, and just let them do their own thing. It looks more uniform that way. Also by not flattening, slicking and brushing your edges constantly, it lessens the chance of them thinning.

Destressing!

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Hi!

It has been such a stressful week/weekend.

I’ve been working on a project for a program & haven’t had “me time” or time in general to blog. However I’m finally getting the chance to wine down today 🙂

I had a ball at the fabric store on Sunday, but I didn’t get a chance to sew or do my routine weekend pampering (mani, pedi, deep conditioning, facial etc), which caused me to start my week feeling moppy.

About to shower and at least try to sew 1 top today.

I’m digging the kimono trend, which I’ve always loved. Glad it’s in season, along with knit, crotchet and sheer fabric. So feminine and free :).

Anyway, just saying hi. I have some overdue reviews to post, beginning with the Nubian heritage serum that was recommended to me by one of my blog followers. It’s so perfect! 😁

Review on it before the week is over 👋💋