Perming and It's AFTER-EFFECTS of SCAB HAIR when Transitioning
According to the scalp specialist, one major way that perms and other relaxers may have an effect on your scalp can be heard in the natural hair community's debates about the myth or reality of "scab hair". Since it's impossible to form an actually scab on hair follicles we'll refer to it as "transitional hair".
Transitional hair is a phenomenon that many new naturals experience just after their Big Chop, and it is defined as a combination of dry, wiry and semi-straight natural hair that does not have a defined curl or coil pattern, even with the best curl defining products.
This transitional hair (aka "scab hair") is usually isolated to the first few inches of new growth that emerges after you've stopped relaxing with chemicals. Nobody knows for sure what the cause is for these changes to your hair - but there are some really good theories and we'll talk about it right now.
How to Change Hair Follicle Shape - Follicle Shape Change Theory
According to the "Follicle Shape-Change Theory", extra-dry, unpredictable transitional hair is caused by actual physical changes to the hair follicles' structure as a result of the long-term use of chemical relaxers, this causes many natural-haired Black women with newly big chopped kinky hair to wonder how to change hair follicle shape.
Don't worry though, if you're new to going natural, you should know tha transitional hair is a temporary newly natural hair situation that is usually resolved as your healing hair follicle heal up and the hair grows and settles into its permanent natural arrangement.
Some naturals are convinced that "scab hair" is a hair care industry myth or that it's something that was dreamed up by new naturals and transitioners to explain away their unwanted hair textures.
But for those who feel they have experienced "scab hair" or transitional hair themselves, but scab hair is all too real. But, since there's no specific scientific research to prove or disprove that transitional hair exists, theories are all we have to work with at the moment. It is easy to see what newly natural women are going through though. This is not imagined or paranoia.
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We'll have two separate types of lists... the Best Sellers list and the 4 Stars or Better list (real customer ratings).
Top 10 Highest-Rated Shea Butters
If you've been in the natural hair community for any amount of time, it will come as no surprise to you that Shea Butter is one of the most beloved and useful natural hair products on the planet.
So I'd be an idiot not to give you the top 10 highest rated shea butters online.
Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairs and protects your hair against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging your pores. It is especially helpful for processed and heat-treated hair. It's a go-to treatment for dry scalp problems and it brings life and luster to damaged hair.
I personally have used it for years and years and years on my skin (I was born in 1977). And believe me, my skin shows great results now from years of keeping my face moisturized every morning. Shea Butter is like food for the skin containing Vitamins A, E and F. These vitamins fight against wrinkles and facial lines.
Here are the shea butters with nothing less than 4 Star ratings...
1. 100% Pure Unrefined Raw SHEA BUTTER - from the nut of the African Ghana Shea Tree
This ranking is a little weird, they're ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars with nearly 400 customer reviews but one of the first things I noticed is alot of women complaining about the hardness and consistency of the butter. But overall, the rankings are good. (get real customer reviews)
9. Unrefined Shea Butter - Organic In HDPE Jar
Sits at 4.4 out of 5 stars, "It's fairly soft right out of the jar and take but a few seconds to rub in the palm of your hand and apply." -JayGT (get real customer reviews)
10. Raw Unrefined Ivory Shea Butter TOP Grade From Ghana - SOFT
4.6 out of 5 stars, "The scent is nutty like some other people said but not awful. I mixed it with coconut oil, sesame oil, vitamin E and added essential oils to mask its scent and it works great." -Petunia1620 (get real customer reviews)
Hair Butters - Highest-Rated Top 5 List
1. Molivera Organics Premium Raw Unrefined African Organic Grade A Ivory Shea Butter
Molivera ranked high in the shea butter category and ranks high against hair butter formulas too. They rank 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 530 reviews (get more customer reviews)
2. Nubian Heritage Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Moringa Repair and Extend Hair Butter
Currently ranked 4.6 out of 5 stars, "This product is amazing and the smell is lovely as well!" -Samaria Farrar (get more customer reviews)
3. Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer
At the time of this update this is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars."Absolutely can't say enough great things about this product. Smells great and leaves my relaxed hair fuller and softer immediately. This will continue to be a staple in my hair therapy routine!" -Dege (get more customer reviews)
As of now, this is ranked 4.3 out of 5 stars, "Totally works on chemically treated and natural hair. My daughters and I have been using this protective cream for over a year. I apply it after shampooing and before blow drying my hair. Works great." -ncmcrae (get more customer reviews)
5. As I Am Double Butter Rich Daily Moisturizer
Currently ranked 4.2 out of 5 stars, "All their products are wonderful for my 3b curly hair." -momnson (get more customer reviews)
Coconut Oil For Natural Hair - Highest-Rated Top 5 List
1. Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
This best seller coconut oil has alot of natural hair fans and is ranked 4.8 out of 5 stars at the time of this update.
"When you are transitioning through those stages it can be really hard to keep your hair moisturized but I use it daily, and extra on wash day. I also add it to my homemade hair masks that I like to do a couple times a week." -Tyneisha Fondren
Nature's way is a favorite of natural hair woman and rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. "I use coconut and jojoba oil for moisturizing my dry skin and since I've converted from creams to oils, my skin has never looked or felt smoother. I use it on my legs and arms mostly but it works just about everywhere." -Carrie Watson (see more customer reviews)
3. Nature's Way Pure Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
Currently sitting at 4.7 out of 5 stars. "This is a great moisturizer for my hair and skin. I haven't used lotions on my skin since I started using coconut oil. Going forward, I don't think I will use anything else except coconut oil on my skin. And, Nature's Way is the best." -TonyaP (see more customer reviews)
4. Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16-Ounce Jar
Ranked by buyers as a 4.7 out of 5 stars coconut oil. "I have been using organic oils on my face and body and hair and everywhere else as a moisturizer and healing agent for about a year in a half and it has made a huge difference in the look and health of my skin in that time. The coconut oil does wonderful things for my hair, I use it every chance I get..in conditioners, shampoos, etc. and it leaves my hair feeling soft and smelling fresh." -Angelina (see more customer reviews)
5. Cococare Coconut Oil 100% Pure 4 Oz
As of date, this coconut oil for natural hair is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. "All I will say is this, this is some real 100% coconut oil, it is not just good it is great, great for your skin and your hair. I have well past my waist dreads or locks if you will and this is just fine for my hair, with a little shea butter added this keeps my scalp and my dreads tight. I have one recommendation, keep it well refrigerated or it will liquefy on you, other than that I have no complaints" -D.L. Brown (see more customer reviews)
Top 10 Carol's Daughter Natural Hair Products - Highest-Rated
1. Monoi Repairing Hair Mask for Unisex, 7 Ounce
Currently rated as 4.5 out of 5 stars.
"I'm an African-American woman with thick, natural 4b hair that hits around mid-back length when it is flat ironed. The Monoi Hair Mask is hands down the best conditioner I have ever used on my natural hair. After I wash my hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash I apply Monoi and leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse out. My hair is a bed of well defined, super soft curls that can be easily combed out or finger combed." -Sammy (see more customer reviews)
2. Monoi Repairing Conditioner 8.5 FL OZ
Currently sitting at 4.5 out of 5 stars.
"I have waist-length wavy-to-curly hair, and with hair this long breakage is an inevitable problem. Anything that can help strengthen my hair is worth trying! I was really pleased with Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner (as used with the shampoo from the same product line)." -Suzy Hough (see more customer reviews)
3. Marguerite's Magic Restorative Cream Hairdress
Currently rated 4.4 out of 5 stars.
"My hair responded well and is moisturized, shiny, and soft while twisted up. It's winter here so I don't plan on wearing a twist out until summer, but whenever I take my twists down to remoisturize I like the results. It has a pleasant, light scent. I have a sensitive nose, and it doesn't give me problems. It is VERY thick. A little goes a long way." -SATG (see more customer reviews)
"Nothing else works like it for my wife's hair." -Tim DD
"I don't give out five stars unless a product is pretty flawless; it has to meet or exceed its product claims, be fairly priced for what it claims to do, and have no obvious tweaks needed to make it better. This trifecta of excellence is rarer than you think but with this shampoo and its sister conditioner my hair has finally met its perfect match ...." -Desert Gypsy (see more customer reviews)
6. Black Vanilla ( Moisturizing) Hair Smoothie
Currently rated 4.2 out of 5 stars.
"It moisturizes my dry hair without a greasy or heavy feel. Great for my two strand twists! WONDERFUL FRAGRANCE!" -LaValda Williams (see more customer reviews)
7. Carol's Daughter, Lisa's Hair Elixir
Currently rated 4.1 out of 5 stars.
"It leaves me speechless. I ordered this product after I read about it in Seventeen Magazine. I would wash my hair let it dry then get up extra early the next morning to flat iron it and look decent for my class in the next few hours. With this product, it has greatly helped my damaged hair to repair." -Victoria Rae Burton "Tori" (TX) (see more customer reviews)
8. Loc Butter Shaping Pomade Hairdress
Overall rating is 4.1 out of 5 stars from customers with dreadlocks.
"This product has done wonders for my dreadlocks and I use it daily on my hair and my daughter's." -P. Gamble
1-Star Warning! "Formula changed. I live outside the US and haven't been able to buy the product in person since I ran out in over 6 months, so I was happy to get it in the mail. Until I found out that the formula has completely changed. Same price, of course, but no as good as the past." -Markeeta (see more customer reviews)
9. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars by customers.
"This is a wonderful product! Tames frizzies,and leaves hair shiny, silky and easy to manage wih absolutely no sticky residue." -MJB (see more customer reviews)
10. Carol's Daughter, Mimosa Hair Honey, 8-Ounce
Customers have rated this one 4.0 out of 5 stars.
"Great for African American hair . It keeps the hair soft and smelling good. Not oily looking. My children are bi racial and this was perfect for their type of hair." -Grammy (see more customer reviews)
Top 10 Best Seller Natural Hair Shampoos
All of these shampoos in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair shampoo Top 100 list. I, of course, left out any men's shampoos or shampoos that are not popular among my natural hair readers. So here we go, let's start with number one...
1. Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Shampoo, Brown and Blue, 16 Fluid Ounce
This is the #1 best selling shampoo OVERALL on Amazon, it has argon oil in it's formula and buyers use it to prevent hair loss.
The Pura d'or brand is a powerhouse, they rank #1 and #3 on Amazon's best seller list, a men's shampoo ranked #2, so ofcourse they didn't make it onto our top seller list, so Pura d'or Gold Label comes in as #2 best seller for naturals. This shampoo is bought to prevent thinning hair & loss of hair.
3. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Clean & Classic
Batiste dry shampoo is a big-time best seller on Amazon, many naturals are getting into dry shampoo into or to avoid wetting their hair too much. Below you'll see a video from ThikandKurly on how to use dry shampoo for natural hair and braids. She doesn't use Batiste though, she uses Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse dry shampoo to clean her braids without water.
4. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Set
This best seller is famous for it's reconstructive keratin fatty acids and Moroccan oil. It's the 8th best seller on Amazon.
5. DevaCurl Combo No-Poo Cleanser Shampoo + One
#TeamNatural is probably the sole reason this shampoo is so high on Amazon's best selling shampoo list. It's not cheap ( $60? Sheesh! ), but it still sells like hotcakes. That tells you alot.
6. Acure Organics Shampoo Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell -- 8 fl oz
This best seller is loved because it provides lasting moisture to even the most dry and damaged hair leaving it soft, manageable and ready to rock.
7. Batiste Dry Shampoo, Cherry, 6.73 Ounce
The original version of this shampoo sells better, but the cherry version made the top seller's list too. Very popular brand.
8. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo 8.5oz and Hydrate Conditioner 8.5 oz duo
This best seller has a ton of loyal fans that say it leaves your hair silky soft and vibrant.
9. Mane 'n Tail Herbal Gro Shampoo & Conditioner Olive Oil Complex
This best seller reminds of growing up at the house in Detroit, my sisters and mom loved Mane 'n Tail, they obviously aren't the only ones.
10. Tru Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
This brand probably made Amazons top 100 best selling shampoos because it's known to be a gentle, sulfate-free choice for all natural hair types, as well as color treated hair and hair that has been weakened, damaged chemical processing or heat styling.
Top 10 Best Selling Natural Hair Conditioners
All of these conditioners in the list come from Amazon's best selling hair conditioner Top 100 list. So here we go, let's start with number one...
1. Tru Moroccan Hair Repair Conditioner
The Tru Moroccan brand made it onto Amazon's Top 100 selling conditioners list and their shampoo list. Ladies are snatching these products up fast.
2. Hydrating Argan Oil Deep Conditioner by Arvazallia for Dry or Damaged Hair
This brand sells like crazy and is known for it's ability to deep condition and help with detangling, leaves hair with soft and silky texture.
3. WEN Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
"I am African American and have kinky hair. This tamed my hair down. I can wash my hair and go. It helps my hair stay moist. When I straighten my hair it is soft and looks as if I got it done at a salon, I am a cosmetologist so that could be why. One of my bottles had leaked upon approval, I called Wen the lady was extremely apologetic and sent me a new bottle I got it within 2 days. Wen is great ! I would recommend this to everyone" - Fay Green
4. Deva Curl Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner, One Condition
This brand made it onto the best selling shampoos list and the top selling conditioners list. It comes with a big price tag but women LOVE it. It is selling more than most conditioners online no matter the price.
5. Pura d'or: Premium Organic Conditioner
This conditioner sells extremely well and makes the best seller list once again, just like it's shampoo counterpart. It's known to enhance the manageability, shine and control of your hair.
6. Silk 18 by Maple Holistics - Sulfate Free Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair
This best selling conditioner contains a masterful blend of harmless conditioning ingredients to help do the job, Silk18 is formulated with a maximized portion of silk amino acids. The ingredients are naturally derived from silk, to be exact, eighteen different silk amino acids which have great benefits for your hair.
7. It's A 10 Leave-In Conditioner Plus Keratin
This one makes the best seller list as the first leave-in conditioner on the list.
8. It's a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin
Coming in right behind the leave-in conditioner is 10 Miracle's deep conditioner. Also a fan favorite and top seller.
9. L'Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Cleansing Conditioner
L'Oreal is a household name and that may be one of the reasons it's selling so well over other brands.
10. HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner
This brand is not only a best seller but has some amazing ratings, as of right now 1,050 of it's 1,307 ratings are 5 star! This conditioner may shoot farther up on the list as more women come to know about it.
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Natural hair is a real luxury and our absolute PRIDE when it is healthy and well-groomed. So let's talk about how to keep our lusciousness looking irresistible and on full "POPPIN'" status when heat, dust, salt water, and other factors regularly damage it, causing the hair loss, split ends, and lack of shine.
The answer to this problem isn't tough to find though. It doesn't necessarily have to consist of expensive salon treatments and using professional high-class hair products (which are not always as great as advertised).
If you really want to restore a healthy look, shine, and the beauty of your hair, turn to these natural remedies for help. They are the option number one not only due to their cosmetic effect, but also the healing properties.
When talking about natural remedies for hair, we simply can’t ignore vegetable oils, so they are deservedly at the top of our list. It’s well-known that plant oils are a gold mine of vitamins and nutrients, they easily penetrate to the hair shafts to help retain moisture. Use olive, burdock, coconut, argan, rosemary, jojoba oils to restore hair that has become damaged from curling irons and coloring, to add a natural shine, healthy look, softness, and resilience to your hair. You can either rub the pure oil into the scalp or make a natural hair mask:
The hair mask with burdock oil is a simple and effective way of nourishing the hair follicles and is perfect for all types of hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of oil with an egg yolk and massage your scalp with a warm mask for a few minutes, rubbing it into the skin and curls, focusing on the tips. Then, wash your hair with an ordinary shampoo. Use this remedy once a week.
Take 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add 5 drops of the ylang-ylang essence, apply this mixture on wet hair and сover it with a shower cap. Keep this remedy on your head for about 15 minutes, after that thoroughly wash the hair.
If your hair is naturally oily, don’t abuse vegetable oil treatment, while the dry hair can be restored in this way even twice a week.
Onion Juice Treatment
Do you know that the onion is extremely rich in vitamins and has medical properties? Can you imagine those fantastic results you’ll get after regular usage of onion masks?
Grate 1 onion and squeeze out the juice. Then add 2 tablespoons of burr or castor oil, 2 teaspoons of squeezed lemon juice, and a banana mashed with a fork. Apply the mixture from roots to tips and leave it on for about 15 minutes. The mask is perfect for weakened hair with oily roots.
Onion juice significantly heals, strengthens, revitalizes the hair, accelerates its growth, prevents and stops hairloss, improving the structure of your curls as a whole. The only con of the onion treatment is the smell you can’t get rid off when your hair is getting wet.
Power of Eggs for Afro Curls
Most of the nutrients of the egg are concentrated in the yolk – it’s a trove of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Vitamins A, D, E, B, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, folic and nicotinic acids restore the hair structure, strengthen, refresh and tone, prevent hair loss and stimulate growth, protect from negative environmental factors, make your curls smooth and shiny.
Try the egg yolkshampoo instead of your ordinary one twice a month to give your cute curls a new life. Beat 2 yolks, add 2 teaspoons of purified water and 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Or treat your hair with this fairy egg yolk mask: make a mixture of 2 yolks, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of castor oil and a teaspoon of brandy (or cognac), heat it up and apply from roots to tips. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and a terry towel. Keep this remedy for 1-2 hours and wash with your favorite shampoo.
Coconut is rich in proteins, iron, potassium, and other essential nutrients, so that it promotes hair growth, repairs damaged hair, prevents hair loss, breakage and dandruff.
Use a clear coconut milk or oil: gently massage the product all over your scalp (or on the targeted areas only), keep it overnight and shampoo as usual next morning.
Experiment with coconut oil mask: mash a half of banana with a fork and add 2 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of sour cream. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and heat the remedy up, apply on the hair and rinse off in 30-40 minutes.
Honey Natural Care
Honey is another natural remedy that your curly hair is gonna fall in love with. No matter if you use it in its pure form or as a part of a homemade hair mask, honey will restore your hair, prevent loss and can even be used as a lighter.
Honey conditioner recipe: mix 100 g of heated on a water bath honey and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Massage it over the scalp and keep for 40-50 minutes, then rinse with a mild shampoo. Besides strengthening, this remedy will moisturize, nourish, and stimulate the hair growth, making your natural locks silky and shiny.
Another honey-based mask idea: all you need is 1 tbsp of honey and the same amount of aloe juice. This treatment should be applied for about 10 minutes before washing the hair twice a week. Besides, this super mask has a great advantage: it can be kept in a fridge, prepared in advance.
Avocado in Action
Avocado fruit is an excellent means for growing and strengthening natural hair. Whether it is the fruit, seed or its oil, avocado contains all necessary vitamins, potassium, iron, folic acid, and copper. This winning mix of nutrients makes all avocado-based hair masks one of the most effective for home hair treatment and restoration.
Make a hair mask with a mashed ripe avocado, 1 tbsp of olive or jojoba oil and another tablespoon of yogurt. Use this remedy once a week to maintain the luxury look of your Afro curls.
Besides, you can massage avocado oil into your scalp once or twice a week to keep your hair moisturized enough, healthy and shiny.
The Best of the Dairy Products
Do you suffer from excessive dryness of hair or tips? If so, this hair conditioning treatment with mayonnaise is what you need! However, ladies with normal hair can also get additional nutrition and moisturizing, following this easy tip:
Apply mayonnaise to wet hair and leave it on your head for 1 hour. Then rinse it well and shampoo. Voila! Your hair will be grateful!
Yogurt is the second best dairy product for hair treatment, strengthening and preventing dandruff.
Take a pure yogurt and spread it over the hair, massaging it into the scalp. Then cover the hair with a plastic bag and wrap with a towel for about 20 minutes. After that shampoo your hair like you always do it.
Rye bread = Strengthening + Growth
The use of rye bread (which is rich in B vitamins) for hair helps to prevent hair loss, strengthen, normalize the hydrolipid balance of the scalp, as well as to clean it mildly.
Soak some slices of rye bread in water, then mash it with hands and add a couple drops of camphor oil. Apply this mixture on your hair, cover it with a plastic bag and a towel. In one hour shampoo your flirty locks thoroughly to be sure no bread crumbs left in your shag.
Hair Conditioning with Apple Cider Vinegar
Our hair has an ideal pH of 4 to 5. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar rinse means that it helps maintain the pH balance of your hair and remove buildup without stripping the hair of its natural oils at the same time.
Apple cider vinegar should be used instead of your regular hair conditioner after shampooing your hair. Just dilute 2 tablespoons of ACV with 1 cup of water and apply this mixture after shampooing, massage your scalp during a couple of minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly.
Lemon Juice for Healthy Hair
Ordinary lemon is a strongly recommended and trusted ingredient to fight against hair loss and strengthen it. Containing vitamins C, B, and various minerals, the lemon has become a must-have of many homemade masks and conditioners.
Squeeze 2 lemons into a cup of water and use this mixture after shampooing just like it’s described in paragraph 9 about the apple cider vinegar.
P.S. Remember Lovelies, love yourself and take care of your gorgeous hair to look your best and turn a lot of heads under any circumstances. Use rich gifts of nature, listed above, to restore, strengthen and treat your magnificent curls. And if it’s not enough for you, check out one extra sweet idea of natural remedy for hair strengthening right below!
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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.
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.
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.
What's Up Black Hair OMG family! 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 Sabrina's natural hair journey and now 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 3rd family member natural hair journey....
My Natural Hair Journey #3: Brittany
My name is Brittany and I have been natural for 2 years now.
I stopped putting perms in my head because my hair was breaking out, I was tired of wasting money and I wanted curly hair. Going natural was the best decision I could ever make. My hair has grown a lot during these two years.
I love the versatility of my natural hair. Three times out of the year I will flat iron it but that is it. The rest of the time I will flat twist it.
I have tried to do Bantu knots, or roller sets but hair just comes out looking a mess. I don't use any type of pills to help make my hair grow I just use the LOC method. My favorite products are coconut oil, cantu leave in conditioner, lotta body setting lotion and lotta body curl and style milk. I am still trying to find the right products for my hair. As a natural I had no idea of the maintenance to maintain it.
I flat twist it daily and every now and then I will wear an afro. I think I have 3 different curl patterns but I love my curls. I get a lot of compliments on my worst hair days lol.
Going Natural Wasn't Always Easy
My first year was the hardest I contemplated perming my hair several times. I would go online looking for natural hairstyles and try them only for them to not work for me and that became extremely frustrating.
Going natural wasn't the easiest thing at because people that were use to seeing me with straight, long, uneven not healthy hair were negative.
It brought my self esteem down but I am over that now and so are they. I love my different curl patterns and I wouldn't change a thing about my hair. If anyone knows good moisturizers please let me know.
My hair still has a dry look to it and I don't know how to fix that. Love the skin your in and your curl pattern. Don't give up on your natural hair journey.
Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair when beginning your natural hair journey is a common experience.
To go from permed to natural hair, you have two options: Transitioning or The Big Chop. Which one you choose is entirely up to you. There's no textbook right way or wrong way to begin your natural hair journey. It doesn’t matter how you get there, it's about getting there and doing what you're most comfortable with doing.
The transition from relaxed hair to natural hair can be a challenge - sometimes dealing with split ends, odd curly bits, and some hair breakage. But don't give up, it's not called a "journey" for nothing, all journeys have some bumps in the road. But rest assured that your hair is on a route to recovery. Getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.
What Does Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair Mean?
Like we talked about earlier, transitioning is a way to avoid cutting all of your hair off, doing "The Big Chop" as it is called.
Transitioning your hair to natural is the process of eliminating all chemical treatments and allowing your natural hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically-processed ends away. It takes time and patience but for many women it is worth the wait because they may be uncomfortable big chopping.
Most women who transition to natural hair slowly trim their relaxed ends away as they grow the relaxer/perm out of their hair, this also helps to keep breakage manageable and it gives your hair a more healthy appearance.
Pros of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :
You have the time to learn about your particular hair type.
If you are not comfortable with short hair, then you can avoid that adjustment period, and avoid the wait of growing your hair back out.
During transitioning you have the time to perfect your hair styling skills.
Cons of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :
The texture of your hair will not be consistent: which means if you decide to wear your hair in a braid out or twist out style the root of your hair might be curly while your ends will be bone straight (To avoid this simply roll the ends of your hair with rods or rollers).
The process of transitioning takes longer than if you just did “the big chop”.
How to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair In 7 Steps
Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #1
Keep your hair hydrated. The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to dryness and damage. Do what you can to keep your hair conditioned and fully hydrated by using a conditioner on a regular basis. Every night before bed, thoroughly moisturize your hair with either coconut oil or olive oil and let it soak in good for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This will help replenish your hair with nutrients that will strengthen the demarcation line (the part of the hair where the transition is happening).
When you wash your hair, add a little conditioner to your strands prior to shampooing. This will help to keep the shampoo from stripping all the moisture. Then, condition as usual.
Consider using a leave-in conditioner for your hair during the day. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line.
Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #2
Use a deep conditioner regularly. Deep conditioning treatments take moisturizing your hair to the next level. Although deep conditioners are usually only used once a month or so, you need to do it more often when transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment for naturals and apply it to your hair at least once every 7 days. Or if you have the money to do so, you can go to the hair salon once a week and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.
Follow the bottle instructions for your deep conditioner.
If your money is low, another great alternative to a deep conditioner is using mayonnaise. Although it sounds a little gross, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
If you decide to have a professional deep condition your hair, try looking for someone who specializes in transitioning hair. They’ll be able to provide you with products and services designed specifically to meet your needs.
Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #3
Don't put heat on your hair, it's a natural hair killer. In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow driers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the line of demarcation. While transitioning your hair, do all that you can to allow it to be as natural as possible. Avoid hot tools, and if necessary, limit their use to only one day a week at most.
If you absolutely must use hot tools, keep them away from the demarcation line and avoid using them on your roots where your natural grow-out is forming.
Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #4
Limit the amount of times you wash your hair. This goes hand in hand with adding moisture to your hair; washing your hair frequently strips your hair of its natural oils that help keep it strong. So limit hair washing and some women have had great success with co-washing natural hair. If you’re able, only wash your hair once every 7-8 days so that there is plenty of time for your natural oils to thoroughly coat each strand of hair and bring them to life.
Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #5
Promote hair growth with supplements. Maintaining your vitamins and minerals is important to general health (in addition to hair health), but taking certain supplements can strengthen your hair and speed up hair growth super fast. Doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal (read reviews for viviscal here...)- these are supplements used specifically for promoting hair and nail growth.
Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D and vitamin A will help your hair too.
Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #6
Avoid putting chemicals in your hair. Although it may seem like a given, you to stay away from all perms and hair relaxers when trying to transition your hair. In addition, stay away from hair dyes and bleach, as these cause significant damage to your hair, causing it to break and become frizzy. Look for all natural alternatives to chemicals you typically use, as these will be much safer on your scalp and strands than harsh chemicals are.
You now know exactly how to transition from relaxed hair to natural while beginning natural hair journeys. It's a truly beautiful thing to see the amazing styles and natural beauty on display. Please feel free to ask more questions of other natural in the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG Group!
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".
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
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.
Three years ago I did the big chop and started my natural hair journey. It wasn't planned and unlike a lot of unplanned things, cutting my hair turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.
While I watched my hair grow, something amazing happened.
I fell in love with my natural hair again which I haven't really been since my first relaxer. It was thick and had a healthy natural glow. I realized that I have been paying good money to achieve similar results without any success.
If someone told me all I needed was a pair of scissors, and a brave hair stylist who wouldn't argue against the big chop, I would have done it years ago.
It has been an interesting journey and I had to learn to be patient with my hair. Hair growth does not happen overnight and hair envy is a killer.
Go to those YouTube channels for inspiration, but don't expect to achieve the same hair growth because we all have different hair types.
Here are my top 5 products that have been keeping my hair looking good.
This might come as a surprise for some, but it is the most important for hair growth. Natural hair can be very dry at times, so, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Make sure that your natural hair products are water-based for added moisture. Read those labels like you would read food labels.
To make sure that my hair gets enough moisture I mix water with olive oil and spray m
y hair regularly before using any other hairspray. I choose olive oil because it is readily available in my kitchen, but there are so many good natural oils out there to pick from.
2. Tresemme Naturals Conditioner
Naturals hunt for a good conditioner like it's gold, because shampoo is a bare necessity but a really good conditioner is a life-saver. With this conditioner the packaging grabbed me and I think the word NATURALS written in bold had something to do with it. On close inspection it got even better.
It's silicone free which means my hair will not be left sticky and dull. And if you are into organic foods, you will be happy to know that this conditioner has organic orange extracts. It smells like citrus heaven too. When I am feeling too lazy to wash my hair I think of this as my reward for doing it anyway.
After a protective hairstyle I find that my hair gets very dry and before I do anything I use this hair fertilizer and gently comb it out from top then roots to avoid further hair loss. My water bottle with olive oil is never too far away and I spray it whenever I feel like its needed. This hair fertilizer is water based, so it's perfect for dry hair.
4. Dark and Lovely Night Wrap Cream
I have used Dark and Lovely products all my life and when I decided to go natural I didn't find anything suitable for my hair. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this night wrap cream. I inspected it suspiciously because it looked so much like a relaxer tub, but anything with Amla Oil, is good to me. I decided to give it a try. I just love how my hair feels in the morning. It looks soft and has a healthy shine that makes the night wrap ritual worth it. I also use it when I am twisting my hair just to seal in the moisture.
This is the only spray in a can that gives the instant healthy shine for my protective styles with a smell that I can tolerate. I used to use two different hairsprays, one for a healthy shine and one to mask the smell till I found this one. I am sure my pillows are happy too.
A lot of people are going natural these days and there are a lot of miracle products out there, but you can't keep buying new products. It's good to try new products, in fact its a necessity but always stick to the products that keep your hair looking healthy and strong. It's all about good healthy hair after all.
While stretching your relaxers, it's important to keep the "Line of Demarcation", where the new growth and relaxed hair meet, strong to prevent any breakage.
This meeting point is extremely delicate and prone to breakage as the new growth comes in. In comparison to the relaxed hair, the new growth is much thicker, coarser and drier than your relaxed strands.
It is very easy for breakage to occur at the demarcation line because you are dealing with two different textures.