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.
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.
Now here is where things get interesting...
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 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.
“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.
Styling Techniques That Change Texture:
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...
Treatments That Will Temporarily Change Your Curl Pattern:
*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
The Brazilian Blow Out - Is It Worth It?
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 permanentchange 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”.
It is a 90-minute treatment and can be costly ranging anywhere from $125.00- $450.00
Don't get it twisted, a very important part of your Natural Hair journey is to teach your child to love and embrace their natural African hair; passing the torch of enlightened knowledge from one generation to the next.
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.
Cleansing Natural Hair:
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.
Conditioning/Deep Conditioning Natural Black Hair:
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.
Moisturizing Natural Hair
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.
Growing Baby Girl's Natural Hair!
Natural Black Hair Night-Time Routine
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.
Detangling Natural Hair
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.
Styling Natural Hair
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 style should not be tight. Do not pull or tug the hair into the style. This causes discomfort, breakage, and hair loss.
Never leave the style in for longer than 2 weeks.
Moisturise the hair before styling and whist in a protected style. Use oils or oil sprays to retain hair moisture and protect the hair.
Curl Patterns and Porosity
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.
Low-Porosity Hair– Lighter or liquid-based products will help prevent product build-up. Use moisture-rich products with ingredients such as jojoba oil, shea butter, or coconut oil.
Medium-Porosity Hair – Avoid using products with protein in them for daily use. Deep condition periodically with a product that does include protein.
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.
...And trust me, she gave us a TRUE test, because sis started off with her edges lookin' ALL crusty and dusty, Ha!
No Glazed Donut Lookin' Hairlines In Them Streetz
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:
Best Edge Control To Lay COARSE natural 4C Edges & Baby hairs (VIDEO)
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!
Sooooo.... a lazy natural grows her hair 1" in week with BLACK rice water…
This is crazy y'all, this sista named "Jazzy" DM'd me on our BlackHairOMG Instagram account to show me her new video about Gourmet Black Rice Water for Black Hair Before and After. And I aint gonna lie…
… 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.
Black Rice Water for Hair Growth is Unique...
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…)
Black Rice Water for Hair Before & After Video
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.
How Long Does it Take For Rice Water to Grow Your Hair ?
Helpful Comments From Viewers - See What They Say!
Missy Junior comments..."The real hair growth comes from massaging your scalp with hot oil and your head tilted at a 90 degree angle. The other extra stuff isn't necessary.
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."
Keana Henry comments... "Never commented on YouTube videos but this little treatment has honestly been AMAZING for my hair ??????. It was all different lengths with the bottom being longest and the middle and top really short in comparison.
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."
Jo Young "Love your video! Tip: use coconut oil mixed with castor oil...sit under hair drier for 30 minutes...like a hot oil treatment and leave in over night with shower cap on, wash hair next day...i do this every other day and my hair grows like crazy...oh and i'm black...you know our hair."
Smart Kids "Is this an April fools prank. The truth is, there is no magical cream or process that will make your hair grow overnight. That not how it work."
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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.
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:
Quick Jump Start Into The Water Only Hair Washing - WOHW Method!
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.
IF NEEDED, It's strongly recommended that you use a natural oil or butter to supplement your hair.
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.
Maintenance on The Water Only Hair Washing Method For Natural Hair
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.
How to know when it's time to remove excess sebum:
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.
What Do I Use When It’s Time To Clarify?
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.
BlackHairOMG Approved Vids on Water Only Hair Washing
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).
Look... Different cultures have certain "secrets" that are usually not intentionally hidden from other folks. It's just what they do.
Someone that comes from another culture, or another way of living might think your family has a "secret" to cooking the BOMB food after smelling and then tasting your Grandma's macaroni & cheese or sweet potato pie.
But it's not really a secret, it's simply something they weren't exposed to because they grew up in a different area and in a different way of "normal" life.
Well, it's the same with the 15 exotic hair products & secret remedies from around the globe!
These unique hair health and growth "secrets" may be completely new to you on your side of the Earth, but in other lands like India, Haiti, Asia & Jamaica, these women grew up knowing to how to use these products, potions and remedies for healthier, thicker hair that grows fast without a lot of breakage.
So let's get right to it!
Ginger For Hair Growth - Asia & the Caribbean
Ginger is native to Asia and the Caribbean. This aromatic, pungent root is liberally used in Asian kitchens. In India, ginger infused tea (adrak wali chai) is a household favorite, and it’s also a great antidote for cold, cough, and headache.
During the 13th and 14th centuries ginger spice was VERY expensive in Europe and was out of reach of the common woman – one pound of ginger would cost the equivalent of one sheep. Ginger was so expensive because it had so many uses. One of its uses is increasing hair growth.
The warming and stimulating effects of ginger work to increase the scalp circulation and encourage healthy hair growth. Ginger contains antioxidant gingerol, which helps to fight the free radicals that damage your hair cells, and cause hair thinning and extreme breakage.
Ginger is also a great hair conditioner.Rich in minerals and essential oils, it makes your hair softer, more manageable and shinier.
You have dandruff problems? Ginger is a useful remedy for dandruff and dry, itchy scalp too. It contains natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help keep scalp healthy and clean.
You will need…
3 Tablespoons finely grated Fresh Ginger Root
6 Tablespoons Coconut oil or Sesame oil
You can also blend the ginger into a fine paste, then squeeze out the juice using a muslin cloth or sieve and use that.
Combine ginger and coconut oil (always use extra virgin coconut oil) together until well mixed.
If your coconut oil is in a solid state, place the bowl in hot water until it turns to a liquid. Then add ginger juice and stir well.
To use: Massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave the treatment on for 1 hour. You should feel a slight warming effect on your scalp. Then wash it out as usual.
Repeat once or twice a week for best results.
Advanced oil selection options:
To specifically improve hair growth you can use sesame oil, olive oil, or avocado oil.
For specifically stop current hair loss you can use sunflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil.
Shikakai (Acacia Concinna) – A Natural Shampoo
The word Shikakailiterally means “fruit for hair”. Shikakai, a shrub native to warmer regions of Asia, has been used for thousands of years as an herbal hair cleanser and hair loss preventative. The fruit pods are dried and crushed into a powder which is then made into a paste and applied to hair. By itself, Shikakai powder added to water or oil can be massaged into hair and scalp to promote new growth, strengthen roots, and clear up skin conditions like dandruff which may cause hair-loss.
Shikakai, Soapnut powder, and amla can also be combined to create a moisturizing, nourishing natural cleanser.
Sometimes shikakai is referred to as a herbal powder although it really is not herbal. It is known to contain saponins which are very common in plants and are detergent like in behavior, foaming up when added to water. These saponins could be the reason that shikakai is regarded as a cleanser.
Hibiscus Flower for Hair Growth
Hibiscus is a flower that is being studied as a hair growth promoter, it is also being studied as a contraceptive, so do not start sipping on that tea if you are trying for a child. For hair growth, you actually have to use both the hibiscus petals and the leaves. Make sure you collect a lot of leaves and petals of hibiscus because you have to crush it and get the juice out of it. Traditionally people have used a mortar and pestle to crush it.
However, if you want it fast, you can also use a food processor or get it already powdered or crushed. Once you have created a paste out of crushed hibiscus flower and leaves, simply mix it into your shampoo. Apply it to your hair and lather it like you would normally do for the normal shampoo. Leave it on for about 5 minutes then rinse off. If you want, you can also mix the hibiscus paste into your conditioner.
Coconut Milk Conditioning Treatment - Jamaica
This is a popular hair hydration trick that Jamaican women use, coconut is sometimes called "dread nut" in Jamaica. Dread coming from the Rastafarian dreadlocks and nut being of course that coconut is a nut (technically a drupe, but we can say nut)! There is a long history of coconut products being used to maintain natural hair and coconut milk is definitely up there in the list.
It is made by adding water to the crushed coconut meat (white part) to extract a mix of oils and proteins from the meat. You can purchase prepared coconut milk in a can or even make your own from desiccated coconut. Coconut milk is great as a conditioning treatment for kinky hair because of its high oil content. It is often used as a final rinse after washing hair as well.
Moelle de boeuf is French for bone marrow. There are tales of grandmothers stirring up bone soup , cooling it down to allow the beef jelly to form and adding that to oil to create an amazing hair and skin moisturizer. Commercially, there are hairdressing pomades available with the highlighted ingredient moelle de boeuf.
So, what is this miracle ingredient?
Well, beef jelly derived from bone marrow is essentially gelatin! Commercially, gelatin is produced from boiling bones much like the grandma story! The gelatin is actually hydrolyzed protein and that protein treatment strengthens, moisturizes and contributes to healthy hair.
L’huile Mascreti (Haitian Castor Oil)
It seems almost every Haitian will have seen or used L’huile Mascreti which is Haitian castor oil. It can be cold pressed with a yellow color or have ash added to make it Haitian black castor oil. Admittedly, many reviews say that it has a really strong smell (some even say it stinks) and so it's recommended to add an essential oil to it. If you are a fan of castor oil then this may be a variation that you may like. As is common with castor oil, there are many who say it can help hair regrow your hair as well as serve as a thick sealing oil for longer lasting moisture.
Rooibos Tea - South Africa
Rooibos tea was used on hair traditionally in South Africa where it originates. It is a very, VERY popular caffeine-free tea drink.
Scientific studies have shown that rooibos tea contains antioxidants and even has antimicrobial effects.
It is gaining popularity among naturals who want to use tea rinses on their hair for these reasons.
Rooibos tea has been shown to help increase hair growth, prevent hair loss and add brilliant shine to your hair.
Marula oil - Mozambique & South Africa
This is a traditional oil from Mozambique and South Africa. It is popular as a skin moisturizer but can certainly also be processed to a food grade standard and eaten. Like pretty much all natural oils, it contains a large amount of oleic acid and is not ideal for people with scalp problems (e.g eczema, dandruff). It is also known to contain antioxidants.
Rhassoul Clay - Morocco
Rhassoul clay, also commonly known as Ghassoul or Moroccan Red clay, is more than just any other ordinary hair cleanser. This Morrocan nutrient-rich clay has many uses which are beneficial for your hair.
Rhassoul clay is rich in minerals which include: silica, magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium and aluminum. As compared to other minerals, Silica takes the highest share of the minerals (58%) followed by Magnesium (25%),
Research has shown that silica stimulates hair growth. Professor Adolf Butenant, after conducting a research on Silica in 1972, came to one of these conclusions “Silica helps to prevent baldness, stimulates healthier hair growth and assures beautiful shine, luster and strength.
An increase in magnesium in the body builds up strong hair follicles and strong hair. On the other hand, a deficiency in magnesium causes hair loss. Ghassoul clay contains 25.2% of magnesium. Therefore, when Rhassoul clay is used as a hair cleanser, it helps to add magnesium in the hair follicles and thus making hair strong and able to grow. In addition, magnesium cleans calcium deposits off the scalp that may be blocking hair follicles. When these calcium deposits are cleaned off the scalp, hair follicles are aerated enabling the growth of hair. Rhassoul clay contains 25.2% of magnesium!
African black soap is a traditional soap from West Africa and is commonly made from oil (shea butter commonly) and plant ash. It is gentler than traditional soap and can be used in various shampoo recipes to prevent breakage.
Avocado Butter - Dominican Republic & Trinidad
This Caribbean treat nourishes your hair and scalp with vitamins and minerals thereby helping to keep it both healthier and in good condition to grow longer without breaking. Avocado butter also has moisture sealing properties thereby keeping hair softer for longer.
However sealing is not the main benefit, all liquid oils (except coconut oil and jojoba oil) can seal your hair better than butters because they have a higher proportion of polyunsaturated fats – the type of fats that don't easily penetrate the hair cuticle.
Avocado butter penetrates the hair cuticle to nourish and strengthen from the inside, avocado oil is excellent for that because it has a higher amount of saturated fats and monounsaturated fats.
Ghee Butter - Ethiopia & India
The use of Ghee butter (as in real actual edible butter) for hair care in Ethiopian communities is very popular. Thanks to a documentary on traditional people there, many have realized that the butter the Ethiopians & Indians use is what we refer to as ghee which is a type of clarified butter that you can find in many Indian food stores. The butter is used to help moisturize and/or seal in moisture. Additionally, it’s used to strengthen hair which is possible in part due to the fat in Ghee butter.
Amla - India
Amla, an excellent hair tonic, has played a key role in the long, thick, and beautiful hair of women from India. This wonderful berry acts as a natural conditioner, minimizes hair loss and graying, and encourages strong and healthy hair growth.
Amla promotes hair growth because of its unique array of antioxidants. Amla supplements can help get rid of cell damaging free radicals that can cause hair fall, graying, wrinkles, heart disease, and other age-related problems. Antioxidants play an important role in neutralizing these free radicals and act as protective and preventive agents.
Besides, the phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins present in the amla help strengthen hair follicles, increase scalp circulation, and stimulate healthy new growth.
Amla also reduces hair graying, premature graying usually occurs due to excess pitta in the body – some of the signs of excess pitta include, skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, and heartburn. Amla, a natural coolant, is an excellent remedy to pacify pitta conditions, and thereby reduce graying.
Amla also helps to renew pigmentation in hair and makes it darker and thicker. It has been used as an effective ingredient in natural hair dyes and other hair nourishing products.
How to make amla hair rinse: Soak 1 tablespoon dried amla in 1 cup water for 6 to 8 hours. Transfer this infusion in a pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes or until cool, then strain and use.
Neem Oil – India
Neem oil is popular in India for promoting hair growth and scalp health. Because of the extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants – a lot more than those found in blueberries or spinach – neem oil protects the scalp skin from ongoing damage that is caused by the free radicals. Neem oil also has regenerative properties that support healthy cell division and stimulate hair follicle growth and function.
Regular application of the neem oil will promote thicker, stronger, and more luxurious hair growth.
It also helps with dandruff and itching. Neem oil is effective against several human fungi including candida, which is one of the major cause of dandruff. Also when you have dandruff there is some underlying inflammation going on that makes the scalp red and irritated. Inevitably, neem oil will take care of everything as along with anti-fungal properties, it also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects that help with redness and scalp irritation.
Use this potent oil to get rid of dandruff or even as preventive measure, in case you are prone to getting it. But be warned, this oil stinks so go find a quiet spot alone when using this treatment.
Kokum Butter - India
Used traditionally in India, Kokum butter tends to fly under the radar - but it shouldn't. Rich in essential fatty acids and non-comodegenic (non pore-clogging), Kokum Butter is perfect for stimulating the scalp for healthy hair growth. It helps cell oxygenation, making nutrients more readily available for use by scalp/skin tissues - which helps promote hair growth. It also supports and enhances hair elasticity, helping to ward off breakage.
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