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Whether it’s a job interview, date, meeting, or party, one way to leave behind an unforgettable impression is through your fragrance. A situation I found myself in a few weeks back will put this into perspective, here’s what happened.
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The long-awaited day had finally arrived when myself and two very special friends would meet for dinner. We had not seen each other in close to six months and had finally found a date that suited us all despite our busy schedules.
I was the first to arrive at the restaurant that evening and minutes later the ladies followed. The very minute we saw each other we filled the restaurant with laughter, screams and excitement, as we embraced each other with a group hug and kisses.
One friend in particular caught me off guard as I leaned in for a hug, she wore her hair as she usually does in a tightly defined twist out, but this time unlike others her hair smelled somewhat magical. I had never experienced anything like it! If you could bottle the smell of an ocean view whilst laying down on a tropical beach sipping on a mango mojito, then that was exactly it!
The evening continued with laughter, a few more hair sniffing sessions, and as usual in-depth discussions about the future.
But I’m sure what you’re more interested in knowing, is whether or not I found out the name of the mystery product that left behind such a lasting impression. You bet I did! It was called Shea Decadence Mango Sorbet (Shine & Define Styling Balm)
Sound familiar? Well, if you’ve been on the blog long enough you’ll know I already use and love the Shea Decadence Mango Lassi Conditioning Hair Milk, which has the same scent. But the secret according to my friend is to pair the milk and styling balm together for the full fragrant experience, something I had yet to do.
I don’t know about you but I’m pretty big on fragrances and love that they have the power to change your mood and even the mood of those around you. Having a great body fragrance is one thing, but try amazing smelling hair too, it’ll change your life and have heads turning, trust me!
If that isn’t enough I recently learned that huge fragrance brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Byredo, Valentino, Thierry Mugler etc, have also caught onto the wonder of hair perfumes, and have their very own hair perfume ranges.
I just picked up a bottle of the Chanel Chance Eau Vive hair perfume after smelling it last week, and can’t wait to use this alongside my Shea Decadence duo. Next on my list is the Sachajuan Hair Perfume which has some amazing reviews.
In my time within the natural hair kids space, I’ve received tons and tons of questions. Surprisingly enough, a lot of those questions involve how to properly take care of an African American baby’s hair.
The reason why getting these questions is so surprising is because from the moment your child is a newborn to around four or five months of age, taking care of an African American child’s hair should be EASY breezy!
And I'll show you how to make it easy and give your child a headstart towards healthy, gorgeous, growing hair!
IMHO, parents of beautiful Black babies put waaaaay too much pressure on themselves to start their child’s natural hair journey off right.
Nowadays you’re swamped with so much information regarding natural hair; it’s hard to know when and where to begin. The reality is, whether your child is born with a full head of hair or a few random strands – in the beginning – you really don’t have to do too much to it at all.
Babies have very sensitive scalps and their skulls are soft and still developing. Pulling or tugging on the hair and using heavy products just isn’t a good idea. You’ll have plenty of time for that; and you’ll be wishing for the days when a little baby shampoo and a drop of oil were all you needed to set your child up for maximum hair growth. (Because that is really all you need.)
Here are a few more do’s and don’ts regarding African American baby hair care.
Don’t use the same products that you use on your hair on your baby’s. Most products that are formulated for adults have chemicals in them that are way too harsh for a baby’s head of hair. Using adult products (even certain mild ones) on your baby’s hair can cause your baby’s scalp to become irritated and could even cause rashes and excessive dryness.
Do use a mild sulfate free baby shampoo on your baby’s hair. Cara B. is a great line baby and child haircare line that’s formulated with African American babies in mind.
Do keep your baby’s hair and scalp clean, but don’t over wash. Given that newborns and infants have sensitive skin, you’ll only need to bathe them a couple (no more than a few) times per week. As far as their hair is concerned, you’ll probably only need to wash it once per week. Over-washing can cause dryness which isn’t good if you want your baby’s hair to grow.
Do be gentle. As I mentioned before, your baby’s hair and scalp are still super soft and sensitive. Use shampoos sparingly and lather it in gently. Rinse with lukewarm water; and if your baby’s hair is long enough to need detangling, use a wide-toothed comb and detangle gently starting from the ends.
Do use a little oil after washing, but don’t overdo it. Extra virgin olive oil (cold-pressed) is great for babies as it’s relatively light and works wonders at sealing in moisture. A dime size amount should be more than enough for a newborn or infant with a TWA (teeny weeny afro). Use a soft baby brush to distribute the oil evenly.
Do be on the lookout for your baby’s hair to make “the change”. During the first few months, your baby’s hair still has the residuals of all of those good “juices and berries” that were in your belly. It will be soft, shiny, and seem easy to manage; but after a few washings, your baby’s true hair type texture should begin to reveal itself.
It may be drier and retain moisture less easily.
DON'T PANIC SIS!
Look, don’t panic; but you do need to take action. You may simply want to consider going ahead and adding a moisturizer to your baby’s hair care routine. Soon the real fun with your child’s hair will begin. 🙂
Do resist the urge to “style” your baby’s hair daily. I know how stinkin’ cute they are, but barrettes, and hair clips should be saved for special occasions only.
At this time in your baby’s life (from newborn to around six months) it’s your best bet to just leave your child’s hair alone and just let it “do what it’s going to do”. Over manipulation and the use of heavy barrettes can snap your baby’s hair off right at the hairline.
If you feel like you need to add a girly touch to your baby’s tiny fro, use a satin-lined headband making sure that it’s not too tight, and that’s it’s removed once your event or picture taking is over.
Don’t panic if your child has a spot in the back that just “won’t grow”.
It’s actually more common for newborns and infants to have a bald spot in the back then you think.
Babies sleep on their backs a lot, and that friction can do a number on the back of a baby’s hair. Once your baby starts spending more time on their belly, chances are that that spot will fill in beautifully – without you having to do too much to it at all.
If the bald spot is something that really concerns you, consider having your baby sleep on a satin baby blanket.
An anonymous reader asked...
“Can I change the texture of my hair?" The answer is “Yes”.
Natural hair is extremely versatile and the texture can be manipulated lots of different ways.
The way in which the hair grows from your head cannot be changed however but and why would we want it to? Remember, the more knowledgeable you are about your own texture the easier it will be to change up and experiment with different styles.
PRO TIP #1:
Play around with the amount of hair you use. Try a small and chunky twist out. The results are extremely different. Try curling the ends of twist or braids for a smoother look. Also, for a different spin stretch curls (wear up in a high bun or ponytail for a day or two) before doing twist or braid outs. The texture will surely be different on...
PRO TIP #2:
Rod Sets are a LIFE-SAVER! They add a lot of body and make hair appear to be thicker!
*Keep in mind that these treatments require touch ups just like a relaxer. Be sure to do the proper research before devoting yourself to any one of these treatments.
Henna- I recommend henna. It’s natural and safe and cheap! There are reports that over time henna can alter and loosen curl patterns. This however has not been proven and varies for different women.
After my henna treatment I did temporarily see a looser curl pattern (which made me nervous) but it was restored as I repeatedly rinsed and cowashed my hair.
Curly Nikki swears by Henna
Brazilian Blow Out- This is a soothing protein treatment. Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex the hair is covered by a protective layer of protein that eliminates frizz and soothe the hair cuticle. Ishea, of Six Twenty Seven Blog posts:
“The blowout is a smoothing (not straightening) treatment that coats your hair shaft with a protective protein layer. This helps to smooth and reduce frizz. I must stress to everyone your curls are not going anywhere. This isn’t a relaxer, texturizer or anything harsh and permanent. Since there is no chemical change to the composition of your hair there is no line of demarcation or permanent change to your curl pattern. This is a conditioning and smoothing treatment that gives you fabulous results lasting anywhere from 12 weeks to 4 months. Over time as you wash your hair the protective layer around the hair shaft fades away”.- Ishea
It is a 90-minute treatment and can be costly ranging anywhere from $125.00- $450.00
Most of these treatment contain formaldehyde. There have been reports of burning of the lungs, eyes, skin and scalp. There have also been reports that these treatments have caused permanent respiratory damage. For more information on the risks see this article about Brazilian Blowouts on Black hair.
Sooo... Have You Tried Any of These? How Have They Worked? What’s Ways Do You Manipulate Your Curl?
In a world where straight hair is favored over textured, kinky, coily, or curly African hair, it’s important that they look to you as their defender and source of knowledge.
As parents, what you say pales in comparison to what you do. So, lead by example. Treat their hair with loving care and teach them how to maintain their Natural Crowns.
Choosing the right products and hairstyles for your gorgeous little angel needs to be done with the highest consideration. This can be a bit intimidating to some parents and may seem like a lot of work. Many times, this very anxiety could lead to parental neglect, resulting in the ruined health of their kid’s hair, which could further lead to permanent damage in their adult years (e.g. a receding hairline).
As their parent, you must avoid tension when braiding or tying, chemical products, and direct heat. After all, the golden rule to natural African hair care can be summed up in these few words: The effort you put in is what you get out.
Now, the fun part begins – creating a healthy hair routine based on your child’s unique hair type. A hair routine doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. The trick is to be consistent and experiment to determine the best approach.
Regardless of the many debates about using shampoo, the best way to get rid of dirt and build-up that clog pores and prevent moisture from penetrating the hair follicles is to use shampoo. When washing your child’s hair, remember that children are active, so their hair picks up dirt much faster than yours.
Use My Natural Hair Kids Gentle Shampoo (sulphate- and paraben-free) that won’t irritate your child’s skin or eyes. Focus on cleansing the scalp and allowing the soap to run down the hair shaft, and not tugging and pulling on the hair. Try not to shampoo more than once a week, depending on the ability of your child’s hair to retain moisture, as this can strip the hair of natural oils.
Deep conditioning gives your hair an extra coating of moisture that is always needed for natural African hair to protect itself against dirt, sweat, and the weather elements that dry out your hair. It also makes detangling easier, which can help to ease the painful experience of detangling that every kid resists with all their might. The My Natural Hair Kids Soothing Conditioner and Kids Hair Repair Tooty Fruity Mask coat the hair shaft effectively, thus providing slip to make the texture softer and more manageable for that dreaded detangling session. All natural deep conditioners will give your child’s hair the extra boost of nutrition that they need for healthier, stronger, and longer hair, and is essential in a natural African hair regiment for kids.
Keeping natural African hair moisturized even when styling in braids is a must. Children are specifically prone to dryness and damage of their hair because of their daily activities. So, it is important to moisturize their hair as often as possible. This can be done by hydrating with water and then applying a small amount of My Natural Hair Kids Curly Whirly Cream or Kids Kiddy Hair Butter to the damp hair. These products are specially made for natural African hair. To complete the L.O.C. method, seal the hair with the Moisture Locking Oil to keep it moisturized.
Yes, you read right! This is not made up – it’s an element that quite a few Naturals do not incorporate in their natural African hair regiment. If your hair is not protected during this time, it will be prone to breakage and losing moisture. During your child’s night routine, use a silk bonnet or pillowcase to avoid the friction that causes breakage, and to prevent the hair from losing moisture and its natural oils.
This is usually the part where things get a little crazy. The unpleasant pulling and tugging with screams of “you’re hurting me!” and the mom’s impatient reply of “don’t be naughty; just sit still!” The worst problem is single-strand knots, which make detangling difficult and cause breakage to the hair.
Here’s how to avoid “traumatic” detangling.
DO NOT AVOID DETANGLING. This will just worsen the situation.
Split ends can also cause dryness and knots on the ends, so try to trim off dead ends.
Make sure that the hair is hydrated and moisturised. Don’t detangle dry hair.
Use a wide-toothed comb, detangling brush, or vent brush. Section the hair to make it more manageable and to ensure that you don’t miss any parts.
Start gently from the ends and work your way up. Do not tug and pull on the knots. This must be done with patience.
Protective styling like braids, twists, and knots can be a real lifesaver in terms of giving you and your kid a break from styling every day. It protects the hair against damage, dirt, and harsh elements.
These 3 points are vital for styling:
The My Natural Hair products for African hair are well known for their moisture-rich features. Knowing your curl pattern and hair porosity helps when using the products.
Type 2 Wavy to Type 3 Curly Hair may need fewer products to prevent weighing down the curls, especially when your child has fine hair. After washing and conditioning the hair, you might want to apply the Kids Curly Whirly cream and then seal it in thereafter with a small amount of the Moisture Oil to facilitate a smoother defined curl.
Type 3 Curly to Type 4 Coily/Kinky Hair that is thicker usually needs a lot more moisture, which will require something extra added to styling, like the Kids Kiddy Hair Butter.
High-Porosity Hair – Leave-in conditioners and moisturizers will provide your hair with moisture throughout the day, but use a sealer, such as the Moisture oil, to retain moisture and prevent dryness.How STRETCHING Your Natural Hair Stops Breakage[ SEE ARTICLE: How STRETCHING Your Natural Hair Stops Breakage ]
The 1st comment in Milani's comment section says it all, lol… "It's so nice to find people who have edges like mine!!"
That way we can see the products that will actually work on our lusciousness. And...
What makes it's really cool is that she compared her little-known favorite edge gel against a super popular type 4 hair edge tamer and showed the INSTANT RESULTS on both sides of her head.
And yes, her fav, which she calls "the best edge control gels she's ever used" on her TRUE 4C hair won, BIG TIME. And look….
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...And trust me, she gave us a TRUE test, because sis started off with her edges lookin' ALL crusty and dusty, Ha!
First off, she used the Ebin New York 24 Hour Edge Tamer, which Milani says is one of "the best edge control gels she's ever used", and thank goodness it doesn't leave a white residue behind once it's set, because nobody needs to look like they just got randomly kissed all upside the hairline by some funky stranger eating glazed donuts. LOL.
Besides that though…
…she loves how it leaves her edges looking somewhat "relaxed"…
And that's exactly what we want y'all, cuz our edges be waaaaay too busy in these streetz, having way too much going on, as if they got a day job and 3 kids to cook later on! Nawww, how bout you chill and relax, edges?
HOW BOUT THAT?!?! Dang!
Anywhoo, let me stop cussin' out my AND your edges and get back to how us 4Cs can get some dang control over these bad girls, and look...
Y'all better stop sleeping on these small natural hair Youtube channels, they are dropping knowledge. Then again, that's what I'm here for, to pick through the trash and bring you THE GEMS! So no worries.
Here's the video below:
Listen, y'all already know how much I appreciate finding great products for coarse and kinky hair. The thing that makes this discovery SO BOMB is that the product that errrrbody knows about (the Got2B Glued Spiking Glue) is actually more expensive than the winner of her head to head showdown!
THE WINNING GEL IS:
So if you're looking for an edge control gel with REAL holding power and want to spend less than you probably have on your last edge tamer, check out Ebin New York 24 Hour Edge Tamer!
Later Lovelies! And thanks for spilling the tea for us Milan!
Sooooo.... a lazy natural grows her hair 1" in week with BLACK rice water…
This is crazy y'all, this
… When she said that she grew her hair 1" in a week I was giving her the super side-eye, THEN I saw the video. Look…
She has a very small channel, so not many people have seen it and when I searched online I didn't even find many folks EVEN ATTEMPTING to use Black rice (not brown or white, yes, BLACK) to grow hair.
You might already know that we have written about rice rinses and rice-based shampoos, still this is a pretty unique and new technique that got amazing results, if the video is to be trusted. Hey…
She DOES show BEFORE AND AFTER pictures of her growth pushing through the braids after using this black rice water for hair, so I really have nothing to say. I hope it's true shooooooooooooot…
So check out this Black Rice Water for Black Hair Before and After video from Jazzy and judge for yourself. Maybe I'm just a dummy and believe everything, LOL! (But it looks like the real deal…)
So Jazzy figured out how to make hair grow faster by using Black rice water, she fermented rice twice but the first time was too fermented and she got it right on the second try.
You gotta be persisent ladies!
And thankfully, this Black fermented rice water for hair video she showed the water rice ratio and other details.
Have you ever used Black rice water for Black hair?
How long does it take for rice water to grow your hair? Maybe we can share your natural Black hair growth journey with the Lovelies as well!
The Black rice Jazzy used to grow her hair fast is Lotus Foods Gourmet Heirloom Forbidden Rice.
My pappy and mammy aint raise no fool... I'll tell you DAT off the get go.
(I apologize for those who aren't acquainted with Southern Black-folk dialect, don't worry though, keep reading and Imma learnya soon enough.)
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Anywhoo... Y'all ALREADY KNOW, I don't waste energy on hating anybody. Especially another beautiful sista.
I'm all about love, kisses, and well wishes.
But when I am NOT CONVINCED of what I'm being told, it IS WHAT IT IS honey. I'm not gonna fake it like a politician.
Now don't get me wrong, I believe that Erin's hair growth remedy works. In just 12 hours though?
Nah slim.... You gon' have to miss me with that jazz.
But let me show you what Erin is talkin' about and you can decide for yourself.
I'll tell you right now... A lot of women are backing her up in the video comments. Her info is getting A LOT OF LOVE.
Still... I can't tell if they are just her Stans or have actually tried this "Miracle Hair Growth Method" and had success... Anyway, here's the hair growth video...
Look... All of the ingredients for this hair growth mix are natural, organic and well-known to help moisturizes and strengthen hair. THAT GROWS HAIR.
I don't doubt that with consistent use of this miracle recipe for Black hair growth, it will work.
But let's Chiiiiill on the 12 hours part, OK?
That's just not reasonable to expect. And I don't want you getting your feelings hurt, Or EVEN WORSE, giving up on a good hair growth regimen because it didn't give you UNREAL results.
That's where this sista might be hurting her viewers, even though I know she's trying to help.
Anyway, check out some of the comments from her video on decide for yourself.
I used to do it from another video on YouTube and it works the same. You do it for 1 week out of the month."
I tried this yesterday and the first thing I noticed was that my hair was almost twice as thick! Really wasn't expecting that. After I blow dried my hair I realised it was all pretty much the same length which is now by my shoulders!! So excited to use this treatment again in the future and take care of my hair properly."
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We are sending this digital download to 500 people for FREE in exchange for an honest review!
(We're kinda cheatin' because we already KNOW it's good, lol!)
After you get your copy, read it and let us know your thoughts by email!
Water only hair washing for natural hair?
It sounds so "crazy" but it just might work! In fact TONS of long-haired natural beauties claim that it works WONDERS! Water only washing (also known as the WOW method and WOHW method) is the practice of water rinsing (washing) your natural hair frequently with warm/hot water and zero commercial hair products.
This method goes a lot further than cowashing ( washing hair with conditioner ). The purpose of washing hair with water only is to allow your natural sebaceous glands to produce the natural occurring sebum, your natural sebum nourishes, moisturizes and protects your hair follicles and scalp. You want to achieve Total Sebum Coverage.
Your natural sebaceous oils also work to help your scalp maintain a healthy pH level and protect it from nasty fungi and infections. Your natural sebaceous oils were created to be the perfect moisturizer and hair conditioner.
The majority of women that have tried the water only hair washing method on a consistent basis and followed the directions specifically, absolutely love washing hair with just water and what has happened to their overall hair health.
As with any new method you try, there will be a transitioning period before your hair adjusts to the WOHW method, and there's also that issue of how long it takes some women to mentally to adjust.
Transitioning can take anywhere from 6-12 weeks, I know that seems like a long of time, and maybe it is for some ladies. But, the key to success is to be “patient” and let nature take its course, raving fans of the WOHW method claim that it will definitely pay off in the end.
The water only hair washing method of is actually pretty simple.
To begin the process, you will have to clarify your hair and scalp of any previous products and build up with a clarifying shampoo (herbal or regular both will work).
Even though using a commercial clarifying shampoo will work, it's suggested that in the beginning of this method you try for the most natural products ( like apple cider vinegar shampoo ) to clarify your hair and scalp with.
Here are just a few suggestions:
All herbs can be used by themselves or together. Make sure you've thoroughly detangled your natural hair either before or after you have clarified with your wash.
Once you have clarified your hair, pick a style; two strand twists (medium to large size) are highly recommended for naturals who have type 3c-4c hair (in other words, afro textured or kinky, coily, cottony-textured hair).
Putting your hair in two-strand twists will make the transitioning period go much smoother than if you decided to do the water only hair washing on loose natural hair. Flat twists or braids are also good alternatives hairstyle as well.
The following section is a quick jump-start instruction list, that'll break down and explain how to do Water Only Hair Washing:
Step 1: Clarify your natural hair (use any clarifying shampoo or herb you like) and detangle your hair.
Step 2: Put your hair in medium to large two-strand twists.
Step 3: Massage your scalp daily for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Step 4: Start the rinsing process daily.
Step 5: Pay attention for when you start to recognize a oily or greasy feeling on your hair; usually the first few inches of hair will have the “oily/greasy” natural sebaceous oils and you'll a slight sheen on your fingertips after massaging your scalp.
Step 6: When you start noticing your natural sebaceous oils, start preening the sebum down your hair strands daily.
Step 7: Once your sebum comes in, it’s time to start scritching your scalp daily, so that you don't get build up of sebum sitting on your scalp. These steps need to be done daily or almost daily until you have reached Total Sebum Coverage. Once you have Total Sebum Coverage throughout your natural hair, you can begin making your twists smaller or wear your hair loose.
It's important to avoid to avoid all products that are not plant/food-based, as most commercial products will absolutely strip your hair’s natural sebaceous oils and slow your Water Only Hair Washing transition greatly.
On the Water Only Hair Washing Method you'll need daily, weekly and monthly maintenance. Starting with the first step; CLARIFYING. As your hair's sebum continues to be produced, you'll have to remove the excess sebum from your hair every so many weeks or months; it really depends on how much sebum your scalp produces.
In time you will find out, but, if you produce low-levels of sebum, this means that you can go longer before you have to clarify again in order to remove the excess sebum. If you are a normal to high sebum producer, this means you have to clarify/ remove the excess sebum/debris more often. During the process of removing the excess sebum, you are never stripping your hair bare.
1. Your hair has become stickier, oilier than normal.
2. There is a grayish film on your hair.
3. Your hair has begun to break at the ends.
4. Your scalp appears to have a sheet of dandruff (it's not actually dandruff, it's dried sebum) and has become itchy.
These are the most common signs that you need to clarify your hair of excess natural sebaceous oils. It's highly recommended to figure out your hair cycle in terms of; for example: If you have noticed that you can usually go 2 months before clarifying your hair, then instead of waiting 8 weeks to clarify, do it on the 7th week.
That way you won’t have to deal with the issues that come with allowing excess sebum to form on your scalp.
When you clarify your hair on the Water Only Hair Washing method, it's best to choose an all-natural shampoo or conditioner that won't strip your your hair and scalp of it's naturally produced sebum.
Fortunately for you, there are many different herbal powders that can be whipped into conditioner and that will successfully clean your hair of the excess sebum without completely stripping it. For example... Amla ( Gooseberry), Aretha Powder (Soap Nut), Cassia, Henna, Shikakai Powder etc…
Make sure to look for a natural plant/food-based product to make your conditioner or shampoo from (they prevent total sebum stripping). Many naturals find that a more holistic and natural approach is best with the Water Only Washing method.
As you know, so many videos give false and contradictory information. Because of that, not only do we allow you to get great natural hair tips from BlackHairOMG TV, but we also scour the internet to find the best and most helpful videos for you.
Here are a few BlackHairOMG approved instructional videos on the Water Only Hair Washing (AKA WOW method - WOHW method).