Grow Your Hair With This Delicious SUPER-Fruit... ? [2017]

What are two things that most of us "Lovelies" go crazy for???

Tell me I'm lying, when I say "great food and THE BOMB hair".

If I'm lyin', I'm flyin'.... And I aint went no-dang-where yet.... Lol!

The cool thing is... Sometimes something delicious can actually help you reach you hair greatness goals.

Y'all betta recognize the gang of benefits that certain fruits and vegetables can offer your hair, it's for real. The whole ‘juice and berries’ concept isn’t bad AT ALL.

There are recipes for beauty regimens that contain everything from egg shells to rice water, and their uses have been passed down for generations among many cultures. One deliciously beneficial ingredient is the Paw-Paw fruit, also known as Papaya.

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Paw-Paw A.K.A Papaya A.K.A. Hair & Scalp Helper!

The papaya contains a large amount of Vitamin C, which is key for its restorative and healing properties. It also contains about 224% of your daily needs of vitamins and mineral. The papaya enzyme called papain breaks down proteins, fats and carbohydrates and works to prevent stomach disorders, diabetes, colorectal cancers, intestinal parasite infections, nerve pains and even elephantoid growths.

Carpaine is another chemical that the papaya has that kills off certain parasite infections. Papaya also has a host of other vitamins, acids, enzymes and minerals such as magnesium, copper, fiber, folic acid, vitamins E, A, B6, B1, beta carotene, and riboflavin. The chemical compounds in papaya are so effective that many people take the papaya enzymes in pill form.

What Papaya Does For Your Hair

As we talked about in or Water Only Washing for hair health article, healthy sebum promotes hair growth.

The folic acid that papaya contains, as well as the Vitamin C improve circulation blood circulation throughout your scalp. The result of this is that your scalp is fed the nutrients and minerals that are needed to encourage healthy hair growth and stimulate your ever-important sebaceous glands. The sebum that is produced nourishes, conditions and protects the scalp, providing a healthy environment for new growth to flourish.

How To Use Papaya Topically

  • Blend 1 cup of papaya with 1 cup carrier oil and ½ cup Aloe Vera juice. Apply this mixture to your scalp and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Hair Growth Isn't The Only Reason To Get Your Paws on Some Paw-Paw!

Papaya is used for getting rid of nasty dandruff too. Because papaya contains so much Vitamin C and A, it aids in the removal of dead skin cells, encourages healthy cell regeneration and nourishes your hair shaft. If you’re fighting against that dirty-lookin' dandruff, papaya could be the solution to your problems.

Papaya seeds have complex anti-fungal properties that help ward off and prevent dandruff. You can either use papaya seed oil, or you can blend the papaya seeds together with a good carrier oil to make a paste, apply it to the scalp and rinse out.

Product Build Up BE DARNED!

Product build-up and dead scalp skin are two major problems associated with stagnant hair growth. When the pores of your scalp are clogged, girrrrrrl, you are beggin' for trouble. they don’t get the nutrients and moisture that is needed to produce sebum. This can cause hair fall,

In that condition, your scalp doesn't get the nutrients and moisture that is needed to make hair-health promoting sebum. This can cause hair fall, dandruff and even make that your precious new growth is all brittle and ready to break of before it can even do anything. Papaya can remove residue, excess oils and dirt, from both the hair and scalp.

A DOPE Natural Conditioner!

The same enzymes that are used to tenderize meat also have a conditioning effect on the hair. We talked about how papaya can remove product build-up on your luscious tresses. Now once that gunky build-up is gone, your cuticles are able to open up and suck up that moisture and those nutrients can be infused into your hair shaft, and then shut back so that the moisture and nutrients are locked in.

You can find many products that contain papaya leaf extract which has been shown to revitalize and condition hair, or you could blend ½ of a papaya with 1 cup of yogurt and 1 tbsp. of honey to make your own homemade conditioner.

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Melissa Lee's Hair Detox Wash: Bentonite Clay For Hair

If you've been looking for a great clarifying and detoxifying hair wash you will love this tutorial. Melissa Lee shares her bentonite clay for hair wash recipe with you so that you can reap the amazing hair detox and cleansing benefits.

Melissa Lee is a respected voice in the natural hair community and shares great information all over the web, you can find her on her natural hair website, YouTube and even as a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook Group.

Bentonite Clay For HairShe is a huge fan of natural homemade DIY hair products and her informative bentonite clay for hair tutorial on YouTube will show you how quick and easy it is to make your own hair detox wash.

Bentonite clay for hair is super effective at cleansing and clarifying your hair and scalp of product buildup gunk and other impurities, and it comes loaded with healthy benefits from antioxidants and mineral elements such as potassium, calcium and sodium.

Bentonite clay for hair is very moisturizing and does not strip your natural hair of its essential nutrients like conventional shampoos and conditioners tend to do.

Actually, bentonite clay can be used for your skin and body as well, it removes toxins and is health promoting.

Sound strange to wash your hair with mud? Well, it may sound a bit different but it certainly works. Check out LP's tutorial video below and give it a try…

Bentonite Clay Hair Cleanser Recipe Ingredients:

This bentonite clay for black hair recipe is another great cleansing option that you can use on a regular basis. It works wonders for hair detox and clarifying, getting rid of impurities and hair product buildup on  your hair and scalp, this is a great wash to use once a month or so to remove any product buildup between co-washes. It seems especially good for those with naturally oily hair as it leaves the hair very clean, and also a good cleanser for coarse or frizzy hair because of its ability to tame the hair and make it more manageable.

If no-poo hasn’t worked for you, and homemade shampoo hasn’t worked for you, we encourage you to try this option. It can be customized for your hair type and lasts up to a week in the shower.

Melissa's Natural Hair Products

Being that Melissa is a friend of BlackHairOMG we of course want to share her great natural hair products with you.

Her company, Supreme Naturals, features many popular products like her African black soap, whipped shea butters and much more. She is always adding more products, so be sure to check them out.

Bentonite Clay for Hair Cleanser Recipe Ingredients Recap:

4 Natural Hair Breakage Treatment Tips

Natural hair breakage treatment tips are important because hair breakage is so common, so let’s address the some of the major causes of why it happens and how you can fix it. Hair breakage is generally a result of lack of hydration, lack of protein or damaging styling techniques.

Knowing which one or combination of these you are battling with will help you get your hair back on track the fastest.  You can also use the natural hair breakage treatment tips in the infographic below to solve the situation.

Natural Hair Breakage Treatment Infographic

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Infographic credit of blackhairinformation.com

Breakage From Lack of Hydration

Water is always and will always be the primary source of moisture for hair and is the single most important factor in the hydration levels of hair. natural hair journey picturesWhen you hair is dehydrated, it loses elasticity and is prone to snapping when you comb it or even handle it with your hands.

To keep your hair supple, water should touch all hair textures a minimum of once per week, even when protective styling with braids or twists by simply washing your hair or just spritzing it with water/water based product or a water/oil mixture if washing is not required and then sealed with an oil or butter if needed. We like Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream which is 100% Vegetarian and a product that we can’t get enough of.

We’d love to say that putting water on your hair and scalp is enough, but it’s simply just not true. Water consumption is equally important for well hydrated hair and skin, so please drink up!

Drinking water helps to keep your scalp balanced from the “inside” and by doing so promotes healthy and strong hair growth which in turns leads to less breakage. You can use all the products in the world promoted for healthy hair but if you are not getting enough water your efforts will be akin to putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. Try to always get your 8-10 glasses of water per day, and no, substituting that with coke or crystal light does not count.

 

Natural Hair Breakage from Excessive Heat Styling

Frequent heat styling from blow drying to flat ironing can also increase dryness inevitably leading to breakage. If you plan on using heat on your hair, be smart in your approach. Always keep these methods to a minimum and use moisturizing conditioners to replace lost moisture, increasing hair elasticity.

A monthly protein treatment can also be beneficial depending on the extent of the damage to the hair, but generally speaking, reducing the heat and increasing the moisture mends hair as best any practices can besides cutting any hair that shows signs of severe damage such as not reverting back to your natural curl or wave pattern when its wet. We like Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose shampoo and conditioner and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner to help keep hair balanced when styling with heat.

All natural products formulated for hair generally contain a combination of ingredients that when used separately or in their natural form are safe for human consumption with the exception of ingredients that allow for water and oil blending (emulsifiers), preservatives and fragrance (essential oils). So mind your ingredient labels and seek these types out for the safest, most effective products that are almost pure enough to eat.

Breakage From Off Balance Protein & Moisture Levels

Protein and moisture balance are also critical to keeping hair in the best possible condition as hair is primarily comprised of over 90 percent keratin protein. natural hair journey picturesProtein in the hair is adversely impacted by chemical color and texture services (relaxers & perms) and heat styling and is also affected by diet and environmental factors such as sun exposure.

To prevent or reduce breakage, it’s important to maintain healthy protein levels in your hair by replacing lost protein after all chemical services with a protein treatment or conditioner (your hair stylist should be doing this at the salon after treatments) and incorporate a protein conditioner in your hair care regimen every 4-6 weeks especially if you straighten your natural hair.

For the most natural at-home treatments that can be used weekly, we like light conditioners like Aubrey Organics GPB (Glycogen Protein Balancing) Conditioner, a nutrient-rich, protein-based conditioner that really re-energizes hair, strengthens hair fiber and repairs damage. This is a product that really delivers on its promises. For monthly treatments, Hairveda Methi Sativa Tea Set is a great option. It’s an ayurvedic-based 2-step treatment system with ingredients like black tea and chamomile that gently treats breakage while restoring moisture. Though we don’t suggest you eat these two products, they are organic and natural-based products that are eco-friendly and effective.

Protein treatments come in different strengths from re-constructors (very damaged hair) to deep treatments (moderate damage) to daily conditioners (little damage). It’s important to keep in mind that with slightly damaged hair, a monthly treatment is more than enough as you don’t want to overly process your hair with too much protein which will only exaggerate the problem with breakage. So you can try opting for a treatment once a month or using GPB weekly to see how your hair responds.

Homemade protein conditioner mixes like egg and mayonnaise for example, while popular and make the hair feel softer, are mostly ineffective as food proteins are too large to penetrate the hair strand without being reduced in size through a process called hydrolyzation. And just like your water consumption, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of protein in your diet as well. What goes in does come out!

Don't Stress!

Whether you’re struggling to get a project done, have trouble at home, or are just going through some tough times, the situation will start to represent itself in your hair. Stress can cause you to act roughly towards your hair and do rash things that may provoke an over-processing situation. It can also drive you to neglect your hair. The stress is not good for your hair or your body. Learn how to cope with it.

Sabrina's Natural Hair Journey Pictures & Story

What's Up Black Hair OMG fam! We have more stories and natural hair journey pictures for you.

As you know, we have begun featuring the natural hair journey stories for members of the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group. The group has been a great source of information and camaraderie, there have been some really helpful natural hair journey regimens shared in the community.

It's been really cool kick it with the ladies and it seems that a lot of newly natural women have been helped a lot from the advice given by those with more experience.

Last week we had Johanna Denny's natural hair journey to start this series and went over very well with our readers, so were going to keep this series of hair journey stories going from the BlackHairOMG family. If you're part of the natural hair group and have a story to tell about your regimen or motivation for going natural, contact me on Facebook and I'll tell you how to submit your story (300 word minimum), natural hair journey pictures and I'll share it with the world.

So let's get to it. Our 2nd ever family member natural hair journey....

My Natural Hair Journey #2: Sabrina Royster

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Sabrina Is All Smiles and Curls

Looking back, I've honestly been headed toward this journey since I was 10 years old. That's the year I got my first relaxer.

That was the first year my hair fell out. I was devastated. However, when I turned 13, I tried a relaxer again. This time I tried a more mild relaxer thinking this would solve the problem. It took a year and a half before my hair fell out, but it all broke off--again. I was ashamed of my inability to grow hair the way everyone else seemed to accomplish so easily. My hair has never even been shoulder length. Since that first relaxer, I've done just about everything to my hair.

I cut it all off, colored it, pressed it, relaxed it, weaved it. There have been many ups and downs, but the most notable was spring of 2012.

I had started a natural journey in the winter of 2011 after the birth of my daughter. Her curls were beautiful and inspired me to rediscover my own. My twin sister and a good friend had both been natural for some time already so I decided to stop straightening my hair. I dyed it a rich brown hue and was loving every moment but struggling with styling and starting a good hair regimen. I made the unfortunate decision to go and get one last sew-in.natural hair growth journey The stress of a crumbling marriage, in conjunction with a weave braided and sewn in too tight left me with a bald spot the size of Kansas. Again I was devastated. I felt less of a woman with my crown destroyed.

I realize in hindsight that returning natural was just a small part on my larger journey to find myself. I started losing weight, did my first big chop and decided to do a year heatless. The colored ends slowly broke off and in 2014, I finally had an afro I could be proud of. My soon to be 4 year old daughter loves to get her natural styles and she always says she wants her hair to look just like mine!

I wanted to show her that she's already beautiful the way she is and so am I. I've still got a lot to learn on this journey and when I want to give up, I stare at those big brown eyes looking up at me and press on. My ultimate goal? Long healthy beautiful hair completing our portrait of being just us.


A huge thanks to Sabrina for sharing your story about natural hair growth journey and natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" blogs, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.kids with natural hair

Natural Hair Restoration - How Ms.Jass Beat Alopecia [Video]

Are you looking to restore your natural hair? Natural hair restoration is big business these days, mainly because so many women are dealing with hair loss that was brought on by harsh chemicals that don't belong anywhere near your sensitive scalp or a genetic illness.

Tons of women are dealing with alopecia, this is far more serious than simply having a "bad hair day", this problem can give you a "bad hair life".natural hair restoration

The problem has gotten so bad for some women that they've had to turn to doctors. Hair transplants are on the rise among women who have permed the life out of their scalp.

Well, if you are losing your hair or have lost it you'll be happy to know that you may not need to go as far as hair transplants in your attempts of natural hair restoration. I found an excellent of women who restored her natural hair with a few natural hair products, attention to detail and consistency.

So let's check these ladies out and see exactly what they did in their hair loss restoration efforts.

Natural Hair Restoration With Jass

Jass naturally cured her Alopecia Areata (AA). She suffered with this problem for years and years. Her doctor even told her that she'd ALWAYS have the condition. My hair may either grow back or fall out again. Well... She proved her doctor wrong and hopefully many other women will follow in her footsteps on the journey back to a full head of hair.

Jass breaks down for you the exact ingredients she used and how to make the concoction. I also placed a list of links to the hair restoration products she mentioned below the video.

1 Year Natural Natural | Alopecia Hair Growth Success

 

 

Ingredients:
20 oz- 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
Black Jamaican Castor Oil (BJCO)
Jojoba Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil

Use on natural hair at night and rinse it out in the morning.

 

How Did I Get Fast Hair Growth?

 

So when it comes to hair restoration, women(and some men too) need to work hard like Jass, use the best hair restoration right products, and be consistent in your actions and your belief that it will work. Remember, Jass' doctor told her she may never be cured from alopecia and that even the best hair loss restoration tactics may not work. So what did she do?

SHE went to work on fixing the problem and regrowing her hair. Jass is proof of that natural hair restoration can be done if you're willing to do what it takes.