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Finger Detangling + 5 ways to Clump 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.

DIY: Shredded, Tie Dye Screen-Printed Tee

 

Like this T-Shirt? Wanna know how to make your own?Below are step by step instructions. Let’s get started!

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1) First get a plain white or light-colored t-shirt of any style

2) Tie dye shirt. If you don’t know how to tie dye, here’s how to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRQK0ToE90w

3) After t-shirt is tie dyed, washed and dried, place it on a flat surface and prepare to shred it. I did vertical shredding at the bottom of mine. There are tons of other patterns to choose from when shredding shirts. All you are going to need is a pair of sharp scissors. Here’s how to do a shredded fringe pattern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqe1DKECbaU

4) Find an image of your choice in Google search. Any image your heart desires

5) Copy and paste image in word and print on transfer paper (not regular printing paper), following the directions. I used Avery Transfer paper for dark fabrics, but the one for light fabrics can also be used if your tie dye didn’t make your shirt dark. I could have used light transfer paper, but I didn’t have any. Light transfer paper is cheaper ($6-$8) for a packet of 6 sheets. Dark fabric paper is around ($11-$20) for 6 sheets. These can be purchased at Michaels, Walmart, Office Depot, Ebay, Amazon,Target; Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid may have them.

6) Cut image out along the lines or in whatever pattern you want it to appear on the tshirt

7) How to light transfer fabric: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plikh7ktzDU
How to dark transfer fabric: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FbjJZtJsCo

8) Follow Avery instructions about ironing on picture unto shirt.

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9) I splashed black nail polish on the edges of my piece sign picture after ironing it unto shirt so it would blend more with the tie dye (strictly artistic purposes, not required). Fabric paint would have been more wise to use in place of nail polish, but I didn’t have any. Fabric paint cost around 70 cents at Walmart by the way. Nail polish pretty much works the same; doesn’t wash out or smudge once dry.

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10) Voila. You’re done 🙂

Sounds complicated, but very simple. You don’t have to do all three (tie dye, shredding, and screen printing) to one shirt. You can just choose one creative idea and be spunky with a boring tee.

 

Happy almost Summer 🙂

 

How To Make: Yummy Coconut Vanilla Body/Face Scrub

Smells sooo good. You’re seriously going to want to eat this.

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Measure free handedly to suit your preferred texture/consistency of product; sugar being the dominant ingredient.

Sugar (raw cane sugar preferably because the grains are bigger & it’s organic…but any kind’s fine)

coconut oil

vanilla extract

honey (optional). Honey is an antiseptic. Great for cleaning, toning and making skin glow.

Mix all ingredients together by stirring.

How I use it:
I take a shower with regular soap first, rinse, then apply body scrub all over, rinse.

Find Your Hair’s Porosity, Density, Curl Pattern & Texture (Text + Video)


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To get your hair naked, first strip it of all silicons. You must use a sulfate shampoo to do so (you don’t have to continue to use 1 after that).

Follow shampoo with a deep condition (you can use your regular conditioner).

Wash conditioner out, but leave some in.

That’s it. You may lightly oil your ends/hairline/nape if you like; keyword lightly, and opt for a light oil. Coconut oil is fine. She butter/castor oil may weigh down naked hair.

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Testing Porosity

Porosity ( I have a whole post on this located in the “Tips” tab.
To determine your hair’s porosity, fill a glass 3/4 full with room temperature water, pluck a naked strand of hair from your head, place in glass, and leave it. Wait approximately 10-20 mins and observe what the strand of hair is doing.
-If it’s floating, you have low porosity hair (your hair does not absorb things easily). Mine. Highly recommended cut out use of silicons that only add an extra barrier to strands
-if strand is floating in the middle of the glass of water, then you have normal porosity hair. Best type.
-if your hair sinks to/near bottom of glass, you have high porosity hair. You hair absorbs things really easily, and may be prone to fast chemical damage, etc, because your strand cuticles are open and more vulnerable than the others

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Testing hair density

This is fairly simple, as it relies on observation.

The density of your hair is basically how much hair you have on your head (fullness)

-If when you put your hair in a ponytail, you can hardly see your scalp/ you’ve always been told you have enough hair for 2 ppl, then chances are your hair is high density (mine).

-if you can see a little scalp when your hair is on a ponytail, then you have normal density hair.

-if you have naturally thin/ see through hair, then your hair is low density

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Testing Texture: (fine, medium coarse, coarse)

Take a piece of thread; the regular sewing thread, not the arts and crafts threads that are a little thicker. Compare that one piece of thread to 1 strand of your hair.

-if the thread is thicker than your hair strand, you have fine hair. (Me)
-if your hair strand is the same thickness as the thread, you have medium coarse hair
-if your hair strand is thicker than the thread, your texture is coarse.

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Testing Curl Pattern (3A 3B 3C 4A 4B 4C)

Type 1, bone straight hair, and type 2, loose wavy not included below.

Type 3=Curly                           Type 4=Coily

3A-Curly Twirly                 4A-Coily Springy

3B-Curly  Spirally            4B- Coily Crimply

3C- Curly Coily                   4C- Coily Ziggly

I am going to post pictures of type 3A- 4C hair, but before I do that, I will explain the simple difference with type 3 and type 4 hair to eliminate confusion.

1) Type 3 hair absorbs water easier than type 4 hair regardless of porosity. I can always tell wen someone’s hair type is different from mine, by the way it reacts to just water. Water droplets tend to visibly sit on top of type 4 hair longer.

2) Type 3 hair strands are usually fine, even if hair is extremely thick and dense.

3) Type 3 hair instantly starts to define itself when water touches it. Mainly because it naturally clumps. Styling products just help with moisture, sculpting, and holding the curl. Type 4 hair takes a bit more effort and technique to define and clump. A lot of type 4’s do braid outs and twist-outs as protective styles, so that their hair clumps. Hair clumping is good because it prevents excessive breakage since strands bind themselves together, eliminating single strand knots.

4) Type 4 hair shrinks more than type 3 hair. For example, a person with looser curls may have shoulder length hair in its natural state, and when they straighten it, it only extends a few inches. However Type 4 hair experiences a lot of shrinkage, hence the reason for always trying to ‘stretch’ their hair, with braid outs, and twists outs, etc. When hair like that is straightened, it could seem like a dramatic difference in length.

Most people have a mixture of textures (realistically 1  pattern up or down), but I like to keep it simple, and label my pattern the texture which dominates my hair (3C). I have 3B curls in the front, but overall, 3C.

Below are pictures of type 3 A-4C hair. Remember, just use it as a guide, because no two hair textures are identically alike. Instead of just going by the pics to figure out your hair type, focus on the descriptions.

 

Type 3 A

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Curly Twirly

Type 3a curls show a definite loopy “S” pattern. -Curls are well-defined and springy.

-Big, loose, sidewalk-chalk size curls

-Shiny/ feathery

-Well defined. Looks like it may have been set with medium sized rollers, and slightly teased

-Frizzes easily

Too much product easily weighs this hair type down. Oil is too heavy. Opt for sealing with hair serum.

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Type 3B

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Curly Spirally

-Well-defined, springy, copious curls that range from bouncy ringlets to corkscrews.

-Spirally. Circumference are sharpie size.

Texture that starts off the ‘coarser texture’ types.

Too much product will weigh hair down. Opt for light water based products and creams. Control frizz and seal with serums. Oil may be too heavy; r opt for light ones like olive oil, grapes-eed, and jojoba oil.

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Type 3C

Note: My pictures here actually show people with a mixture of type 3C and 3b hair, but as I’ve said, I make things simple by classifying hair types based on the texture that dominates one’s hair.

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Curly Coily

-Type 3c hair has voluminous, tight curls in corkscrews

-Approximately the circumference of a pencil or straw.

-Curls densely packed together, but strands are fine.

-Getting this type of hair to blow dry straight is more challenging than for 3a or 3b, since it’s kinkier.

Pick below = me 🙂

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Type 4A (the most misinterpreted hair-type)

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Coily Springy

Leaving type 3 hair, we go from curls, and enter into coils!

A lot of people confuse their 4 A hair, as being 3C, but as I said, type 3 hair absorbs water easily, and is more separated.

Type 4 A hair tends to loosen its curl when wet, but the curls remain clustered,instead of separating and only gets more clustered as it dries.

Type 4a has a definite curl pattern compared to other type 4s. It is tightly coiled hair that has an “S” pattern.  The circumference of the spirals is close to that of a crochet needle. The hair can be wiry or fine-textured.

It is very fragile, and snaps easily. Type 4 hair has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types, which means it has less natural protection from damage.

Water based leave ins, butters and oils are fine on this hair type. Hair serum may be too light.

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Type 4B

Coily Crimpy

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4B2Tighter Coils, more puffier look, and less natural curl definition.

-Forms an afro easily

-Water sits on top of the hair shaft when sprinkled

-Type 4b has a “Z” pattern, less of a defined curl pattern. Instead of curling or coiling, the hair bends in sharp angles like the letter “Z”.

-Type 4 hair has a cotton-like feel. The hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled or bent and very, very fragile; you must take great care when working with it.

-Type 4 hair can range from fine/thin to wiry/coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4b hair often shrinks up to 75% of the actual hair length.
– This hair needs oil and heavy butters, and doesn’t need hair serum, as hair serum will do absolutely nothing for it, because it does not frizz easily
-Braid-outs, blow-outs, twist-outs, and protective hairstyling works wonders on this hair, and holds the style better than any other hair texture.

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Type 4C

Curly Ziggly 

4C

One of the tightest textures

-Water sits on top of the hair, and has to be massaged in to absorb.
-more difficult to detangle than other textures. (Can take hours)

-Heavily depends on styling products

-Type 4c hair is composed of curl patterns that will almost never clump without doing a specific hair style.

-It can range from fine/thin/super soft to wiry/coarse with lots of densely packed strands.

-4c hair has been described as a more “challenging” version of 4b hair. Some say 4c looks identical to 4b except that the curls are so tightly kinked, there is seemingly no definition.

-4c hair can shrink more than 75%.

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How To: DIY Spring Braided Headband

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Snip an elastic headband so it becomes the shape of a string or use black elastic

Grab pieces of braiding hair according to how thick you want braid/ braids

Measure braiding hair around forehead. The length should be long enough to go a little past both ears.

Braid the pieces of hair, then burn both ends so it doesn’t unravel

Take a sewing needle and black thread and sew together one end of the braid/braids to one end of the elastic. Do the same with the other end.

It is better and easier if you hand sew it rather than on a machine

Also, when measuring, don’t stretch the elastic, or the headband would end up being too tight

Baking Soda Cleanse for Low Porosity Hair (Learn About Porosity)

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What is hair’s porosity?

-Simply how easily products are able to penetrate the hair strands. This is EXTREMELY important in choosing products and a regimen that benefits your hair.

There are three types when it comes to hair’s porosity:

LOW POROSITY – Hair strand cuticles are tightly compact. This is bittersweet because ideally hair has a tougher surface; a natural barrier, it is less prone to heat damage, chemical damage etc, and overall is said to be strong hair. However, it also has a difficult time letting beneficial things like moisture in, but once in traps it pretty well.

NORMAL POROSITY– Hair strand cuticles are lightly raised, allowing and trapping the perfect amount of moisture and product in.

HIGH POROSITY- Hair strand cuticles are open. This is also bittersweet because although moisture effortlessly rushes to penetrate the hair shaft , heat, and chemicals works the same way, which can weaken this type traumatically with constant or unprotected use since strands are already fragile. Also, as fast as moisture penetrates hair, it leaves.

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How can I test my hair’s porosity?

-The easiest way is to fill a glass with room temperature water, place a strand of naked hair in it, and monitor what it does. If after 15-30 mins, it’s still floating or near the surface, you have low porosity hair.

If it floats somewhere in the middle of the glass, you have normal porosity hair

If it sinks near the bottom, you have high porosity hair.

Other ways are basically by observation. If you’ve ever had a relaxer or hair color, and had to keep the product in your hair longer than the recommended time for it to process efficiently, then chances are you have low porosity hair. Vice-versa, if your hair process products like these fairly easy, you may have high porosity hair.

How does baking soda help low porosity hair?

Baking soda is an alkaline . It opens up the hair’s cuticles dramatically. This is wonderful for low porosity hair to finally allow moisture in and get the full benefits of products, instead of them just sitting on the surface of your hair shaft.

You can conduct a baking soda cleanse every 2 weeks, monthly, or less. I like doing mine every two weeks, because I love the results on my hair. I weirdly love fluffy, mushy curls, and this makes my hair like that. Almost too mushy. It also loosens/swells my curls.

Oppositely, if you have high porosity hair you want to dodge baking soda treatments like the plague! You do not want your cuticles being exposed anymore than they already are.

To help high porosity hair, try apple cider rinses. Apple Cider is an acid. It closes, tightens, and smooths cuticles.

Tip: If you are dealing with low porosity hair, besides baking soda treatments occasionally, stay away/limit silicon use. Silicons coat your hair shaft with a film. Your cuticles do not need any more help closing. Constant use of silicons can shut the cuticles altogether, preventing even the best products from penetrating your hair.

Also the “sealing step” if you have natural hair, is not necessary. You can oil your scalp and ends, “pre poo” and detangle with oil before washing, but beyond that try to leave your strands as naked, open, and receiving as possible. I found that light butters in place of oil works for me.