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Naptural85 Shares Top 10 Tips for Growing Long Natural Hair

Posted by A'Kiyia on April 20, 2015 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Reshare:

1. Daily Moisturizing

 

2. Trim When Necessary

 

3. Don’t Over Shampoo

 

4. Low Manipulation Styling

 

5. Protective Styling

 

6. Don’t do your hair when you’re anxious/stressed/angry

 

7. Be mindful of the accessories that you put in your hair

 

8. Avoid brushes and combs

 

9. You are what you eat (eat healthy food)

 

10. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon. Don’t obsess over having long hair.

 

These tips are really spot on. Ladies, what do you think?

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5 Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses For the Hair

Posted by A'Kiyia on February 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This Article was Published By: HealthDiaries.com

Blackstrap molasses is extracted during the third boil of sugar cane production. It contains a unique assortment of vitamins and minerals not found in regular cane sugar and at higher levels than ordinary molasses. Many of these nutrients have proven to be very beneficial for the hair. Here are 5 benefits of blackstrap molasses for the hair:

High In Vitamins & Minerals

Blackstrap molasses contains high amounts of iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, calcium, potassium and vitamin B6. Consuming foods that have a dense nutritional profile like blackstrap molasses is the best way to maintain good hair health.

High in Antioxidants

Blackstrap molasses contains manganese, a potent antioxidant. It is also loaded with antioxidant chemical compounds known as phenols. Antioxidants can contribute to good hair health because they fight free radical activity and oxidative stress, which assists in the proliferation of many different symptoms of premature aging, including gray hair and hair loss.

Fights Gray Hair

Anecdotal evidence suggests that taking blackstrap molasses can help to slow and even reverse the proliferation of gray hair. One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains over 20% the DV of copper, which is essential for hair pigmentation. It is believed to cause gray hair to fall out and be replaced by healthy hair of one's natural color.

Stimulates Hair Growth

A daily regimen of blackstrap molasses can help to stimulate new hair growth. While there is little scientific evidence to support this claim, anecdotal evidence suggests that it works. Testimonials suggest that ingesting two teaspoons per day over the course of several months encourages new hair to grow and existing hair to become thicker and stronger.

Stronger, Thicker Hair

The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that blackstrap molasses contains all contribute to the strength and thickness of the hair. While it can't change the hair that's already on your head, it may help to improve the strength of new growth.

Internal Use

Consuming blackstrap molasses on a daily basis can contribute to good hair health. Two teaspoons per day are recommended alongside an active, healthy diet for maximum benefit to the hair. Patience is advised: 3 to 6 months may be needed before visible changes are noted in hair growth and color regeneration.

External Use

Using blackstrap molasses externally may greatly improve overall hair quality. Try massaging the molasses into your hair and letting it sit for one hour. Rinse and repeat daily for maximum benefits

Blackstrap molasses has been shown to help improve hair quality, color, and thickness in some individuals but is not guaranteed to produce results for everyone. Scientific evidence and clinical research is needed to confirm the connection

 

 

 

Natural Hair Dictionary - Detangling the Terms

Posted by A'Kiyia on March 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Natural Hair Dictionary - Detangling the Terms: This was Posted By CurlyNikki* 

I thought this was a great Article and wanted to share it!

I'm sure that to some, the abbreviations and jargon in the Natural Hair world may be a bit perplexing, and even intimidating at first. Here's a list of commonly mentioned ingredients/techniques/abbreviations, that you will run across on CurlyNikki.com and other hair sites:

2nd day hair- Hair that looks good (at least decent) when you wake up the next morning...you don't have to do much before walking out of the house. Some are lucky enough to get 3rd and 4th day hair!

3abc/4a/4b/4c- A hair type classification system

ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar (used to seal cuticle...final rinse) A hair type classification system.

APL- Refers to length-- arm pit length.

BAA-Big ass afro

Baggy - After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a shopping bag, plastic cap, shower cap on overnight.

BC - Big Chop - cutting off all your chemically treated hair

BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis.

BSL- Refers to length-- bra strap length.

BSS- Beauty Supply Store

CBL- Refers to length-- collar bone length.

Co-Wash- Using conditioner to wash the hair in place of shampoo

Cones- Are 'silicones', or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage (due to suffocation of the strands).

CG- Refers to the "Curly Girl" method explained in the book by Lorraine Massey. It is a philosophy for curls that involves, no or low shampoo, cone avoidance, and conditioner washing...among other things. These are just a few of the basic tenants.

DT or DC- Is a deep treatment or conditioner. A DT is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with a heat source to aid in penetration.

Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.

EO- Essential Oil

EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

HG- Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)

HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.

MBL- Refers to length-- mid back length.

Nappyversary/Nattyversary - The anniversary of the day you became a natural

No-poo- It's just that- no shampoo. Ladies who follow this routine are CG'ers and don't use cones or other heavy/oily products that may need shampoo to remove. Instead of pooing, many ladies conditioner wash, or use conditioner in place of shampoo to cleanse the scalp.

Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use to

preserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose

pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin

pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and

all of your curls will have been preserved.

PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight...forever on a mission to find the next best thing.

Plopping- A quick dry method. You use a t-shirt or a curl friendly material (terry cloth towel, paper towel) to dry your hair instead

of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it. It drastically decreases drying times.

Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.

Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair. Sealing has saved my hair.

Search and Destroy (S&Ds)- I go on S&Ds once a month. I find good lighting, usually in the bathroom, and examine my ends...whenever I see a split, a crooked end or a single strand knot, I snip it out. I only use hair scissors for this task (purchase from Sally's or Walmart)m this is key. Buy a decent pair of hair scissors and ONLY USE THEM FOR HAIR TRIMS. Dull scissors will do more damage. Every now and then (when my hair is excessively tangly), I'll do a Micro Trim, which is snipping off the last 1/4 of an inch of my ends...I do this while my hair is in twists for ease.

Slip- Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a

conditioner or detangler)... the more slip it has, the more effectively

it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.

SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG'ers avoid poo).

TNC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.

Transitioning - This is the period of time since one's last relaxer.

TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out - Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

Wash and Go- Simply co-wash your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and GO You leave the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser. Although this style is cute and easy, my ends couldn't handle it. This is also seen as WnG, and W&G.

 

5 Ways to Combat Natural Hair Shrinkage :By Dolapo Roberts

Posted by A'Kiyia on January 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hair shrinkage is part of the package you sign up for when you decide to go natural. It’s also part of the versatility and beauty of natural hair—TWA(teeny weeny afro) one day and huge fro the next. Afro textured hair can shrink up to 80% of its actual length and that may be bothersome for individuals who want to wear their hair in styles that require more length. If you’ve been struggling with stretching your shrunken hair, here are some tips that may help:

Braids/Twists

This is the most common method out there. Braiding or twisting you hair in sections after you wash and condition will ensure less shrinkage and give you a nicely defined hairstyle when you take them out. For more stretch, try clipping down the top (roots) of your twisted/braided sections with double prong clips.

Sets

Rollers, flexi rods, and strawller sets are all methods you can use to stretch your kinks. You can air dry or sit under a hooded dryer for straighter results. Obviously this method will only work if your hair is long enough to wrap around the rods.

Banding

This is a very effective and simple way to prevent shrinkage. All you have to do is section your hair into parts depending on your hair’s thickness and wrap as many ponytail holders as you can fit around each section as shown here. Once your hair is dry, remove the bands and style!

African Threading

My African sisters will feel me on this one. This is probably the closest you will get to blow-dried results without using a blow dryer, and I think banding borrows from this method. African hair threading is not only an amazing protective style that you can wear under wigs, but it also stretches your hair so well and you can leave it in for a week or longer. The threads used vary from cotton to a stretchy rubber texture and you can find them at most African shops/markets; they come in bundles like this. Here is an example of fully threaded hair and this one shows threading spaced out.

Blow Drying

Heat is definitely not the most preferred technique for women who don’t want to damage their curl pattern, but if you choose to go this route try not to have the blow dryer directly up against your hair. You can have someone else hold the dryer over a section while you comb it. As always, use a heat protectant first.

What methods do you use to prevent shrinkage?
Please Leave a Comment Below:-))

5 Common Natural Hair Myths

Posted by A'Kiyia on September 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (2)

This was Posted By CURLYNIKKI                                                                                                                     This was Such a Great Post and I wanted to Post it for Everyone!

 

5 Common Natural Hair Myths

1. The belief that race, texture and genes are factors that determine the length of hair.

It is commonly assumed that those with a looser curl are capable of growing their hair longer than those with tighter, kinkier curls. These myths have absolutely no scientific grounding. Hair growth is primarily determined by a very controllable factor that being the quality of care given to it.

2. Water is drying to hair.

In actuality water is the best friend of textured hair. It is the only effective moisturizer for hair. Without exposing the hair on a consistent basis to water, hair can suffer from dryness and breaking. It is very important as a consumer to make sure that your moisturizer has water (aqua) as the first ingredient listed.

3. Oils and heavy creams keep hair hydrated.

As stated above, water is what moisturizes and penetrates the hair strands. Oils and creams are meant to simply lock in that moisture. Water becomes “locked” in the hair strand because oils/creams are molecularly larger than water and keep the moisture sealed on the strand. So when moisturizing hair, remember it is a two step process- first applying water or water- based product followed by an oil/cream sealant. Oils and heavy creams are great for providing shine and lubrication but not moisture.

4. Hair can be protected from heat.

There is absolutely no way that hair can be completely protected from any type of heat whether it be from hair dryers, flat irons (ceramic or not), straightening combs or UV sun rays. Therefore use heat sparingly with an understanding that each application of heat results in damage which many times is irreversible.

5. Hair needs to be trimmed regularly in order for it to grow.

Trimming is indeed helpful in correcting damaged ends but it is not the trick to retaining length. More often than not constant trimming keeps hair stagnant in length. The key to length retention lies in the quality of care given to preserving the hair strand’s ends. Therefore, if you are not taking care to prevent damaged ends than you will be caught in an endless cycle of cutting off damaged ends, mistreating the new exposed ends only to cut them off eventually!

FAQ About Human & Synthetic Hair Extensions

Posted by A'Kiyia on September 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I have been Receiving alot of Questions about the difference between human hair and Synthetic Extensions. I love them both. The thing I like about synthetic weave is it don't require daily maintence like human hair do. With that being said you always want to treat both of them like your real hair. You should add moisture to your scalp and to the weave as needed Some people say they like human hair better than synthetic vice versa. So I wanted to answer a few Questions below. I say try them both yourself and see which one you like best.

Synthetic Hair Extensions

Synthetic hair is made from a variety of synthetic fibers, most commonly toyokalon,kanekalon and more recently “monofibre. Alot of people think that human hair is more natural looking than synthetic hair extensions. I can say it has come a long way! Synthetic hair now don't look like plastic. It has had so many improvements in the way they manufacturing it. You can find good quality synthetic hair that looks as good as the real thing. But Heating appliances such as curling irons and straightening combs generally should never be used on most types of synthetic hair. There are newer versions of synthetic hair from some brands that can be heat styled, know your supplier, and keep a strand to test before you install, to check temperature setting on your heat tool. Synthetic Hair is alot more manageable and cheaper in price.

Futura synthetic hair weave extensions have similarities to human hair since it looks and feels just like real hair. Futura hair fibers do not cause any itching since it is not made with chemicals that can irritate the scalp. The hair fibers are very strong and can be styled in various ways. The fibers used to make Futura hair are heat resistant and flame retardant so the hair is curling iron safe and can be heat styled using a flat iron or curling iron. I like to spray water on my synthetic hair before I curl it. It make the synthetic fibers not burn.

Human Hair

The highest-quality extension hair is Indian human remy hair. Remy hair still possesses the cuticle layer, which is the outermost part of the hair strand; it resembles shingles on a roof. All remy hair has the cuticle layer of the hair flowing in the same direction, flowing the way it would naturally. The cuticle layer is important when concerned with hair tangling, longevity of the use(up to one year), and how well the hair shines. When the cuticle layer is intact and lying flat, the hair is capable of reflecting light, so that the hair shines.

Indian hair has its own inherent advantages: it is simultaneously thin and strong. The hair comes most often from people who have had their heads shaved for religious purposes in Tirupati, India. Indian hair is typically available as Remi Virgin hair or Remi hair.

Non-remy hair is perhaps the most popular and commonly available form of hair. It is also known as fallen hair. The roots and tips of hairs are all mixed up in non-remy hair; tangling is therefore a problem as the opposing cuticle layers catch on each other, but as the most inexpensive type of hair, it is the best seller. I have brought human hair for $12 that I Loved. I have also brought hair for $100 that I hated. So don't think you have to pay a fortune to get good quality human hair. It is best to look at reviews online of what ever hair you decided to purchase.

Most human hair used for weaves and wigs is obtained from Asia. It is collected from barbers' floors or Indian temple floors and aggressively treated with acid and other chemicals. These chemicals destroy the cuticle partly or totally. (Lower-quality "human hair" extensions are sometimes even mixed with animal and synthetic hair to lower the price, but this is rare, and uncommon.) In the hair industry, this hair is commonly called stripped hair.

Human hair you can curl it, color it etc.. Since it is human hair you can do so much more stuff with it!

Wearing synthetic or human hair both is great. It gives your natural hair time to relax. It also let you wear what ever color or length of hair you like.

 

BLACK HAIR CARE BASICS

Posted by A'Kiyia on September 18, 2011 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What hair type am i? What are the different hair textures to choose from?

Introduction

If you are reading this page, you too have curly hair (or a curly angel in your life)...and you need help, help classifying your curls so you can create the ultimate curly hair regime for your natural tresses.

 

Type 1: Straight Hair

Type 2: Wavy Hair

Type 3: Curly Hair

Type 4: Kinky Hair

No need to worry, I am here to Help you.....

 

Let’s begin by briefly reviewing the chemistry behind your curlicious curls. You are born with either naturally curly hair, or straight hair (or wavy). The amount of curl, wave, or lack thereof, is dependent on the number of disulfide bonds between hair proteins found in the hair shaft; the greater the number of links, the curlier the hair, and the fewer the number of links, the straighter the hair.

Hair is primarily composed of keratin, a protein, which grows from the follicle. Keratins, and other proteins, are formulated in the cells of the hair follicle. All of the proteins become a part of the hair shaft and contain sulfur atoms. When two sulfur atoms pair up and bond, they form a disulfide bond. If the two sulfur atoms in the same protein are at a distance, and join to form the disulfide bond, the protein will bend. This is how your curls are created.

Andre Walker,Oprah’s beloved hair stylist, created a broad-spectrum hair typing system that classifies various hair textures and breaks each hair type down into 4 types with added sub categories. I believe this chart is especially useful when determining what products to use for your hair texture. However, you must realize that this system has its limitations. First of all, most curly women and girls have at least 2 different textures of hair on their head…this chart does not address this variance. Also there are so many different sub categories that can be added to all of the curly sections categories that could and should go beyond A, B, & C. Nonetheless, I do believe it was the first and is the best classification available to date.

 

CURLY HAIR CARE

Before we can really talk about taking care of curly hair, let's start by exploring why we have curly hair.

The texture of our hair is determined way before we are born. Your genetic code provided by your parents determines the shape of your hair follicles. If your hair follicles are straight then your hair is straight, curled follicles produce curly hair etc. Some of us have a mixture of textures because our follicles have varying shapes.

Hair texture is absolutely connected to our racial/ethnic heritage. People of African decent have very curly textured hair. This finely curled hair is called kinky or nappy or super curly. Many people of Jewish, Italian or Latino decent share the tendency to have very curly hair. Some Caucasians have curly hair. Asians have straight hair period. The more racially mixed the population becomes, the more people there are with curly hair!

So, you were born with curly hair. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, weighing in on the good side, is that curly hair is the most versatile hair. You can get more hairstyles and change your look any time you want! Curly hair is fun and sexy! Regardless of what the media tries to portray, men like big hair. A head full of curls is like a lion's mane. Nothing gets more attention than an Afro, that's why it is the most celebrated hairstyle in history!

 

Now, the downside to curly hair; controlling it. When I was a little girl I would cry when my mother combed my hair. Of course, the adults said "You're just tender headed." Well, since I was the youngest and the only girl, I didn't know there were millions of other little girls just like me bursting into tears at the sight of the comb! ( I also got whacked with it so that might have been part of the trauma.) COMBING CLEANSING STRAIGHTENING

Only use a wide-tooth shampoo or bush comb on your hair. Throw away those little combs and brushes. Combs with teeth close together pull out your hair. Brushes make the cuticle (top layer) of your hair rough. Shampoo every week to ten days. Curly hair tends to be dry and shampooing daily will increase the dryness and friction which leads to breakage. Of course if you are swimming or working in a dusty environment your hair will require more frequent cleansing.

Always follow every shampoo with a conditioner. The best conditioners for curly hair should be moisturizing. African Wonders Hydrolzer Conditioner is designed for curly hair.

There are two ways to straighten curly hair; with heat or with chemical treatments.

 

 

Black Hair CaRE BASICS

Having healthy hair makes you look great and feel even better!

Think about the times you've left the salon very satisfied with the way your hair turned out. It's swinging, shining, and full of body with not a single hair out of place.

You have a spring in your step, a smile on your face and you're simply glowing. Other people notice and you find yourself getting more smiles, admiring looks and compliments than usual.

You're happy all day, you have more energy to do your day job, your boss is blown away by your new attitude and you get promoted to vice president of the company that same day...all because of a well maintained head of hair!

O.k. well maybe I got a bit carried away..LOL.. there but you get my drift. There are two major black hair health basics you need to get right before you can see your healthiest head of hair emerge and stay put.

 

Increase the Moisture Level of Your Hair

The number one and biggest problem with black hair is that it's dry.

If you've ever combed your hair and heard it go snap, crackle and pop I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Our hair is the driest of all the hair types and there's nothing we can do to change that fact. The curl pattern that our hair has stops sebum (nature's hair moisturizer) from traveling down its length.

Even so, there is something we can do to help the situation out. We can add moisture to our hair!

But wait, wait, wait...before you get excited and go running to find your tub of good 'ole hair grease, that's not what I'm talking about.

There are two ways to increase the moisture levels in your hair.

1. Regular Washing

How many times have you washed your hair this week? If it's less than once listen very closely and you'll hear your hair screaming for moisture!

There's a long standing myth that black hair shouldn't be washed often because it will dry out, get damaged and break off. That's totally not true and actually the opposite of the truth of what's generally best for your hair.

Water is the only thing that can add moisture to your hair and the best way to get it is with a good wash and more importantly a great conditioning treatment. The key to making it work is sealing in the moisture from your hair wash with the right products which leads me to point two...

2. Use Moisturizing Products

Traditional black hair products used as moisturizers (aka hair grease) have ingredients in them like petrolatum and mineral oil. That would be all well and good if these actually moisturized hair.

The truth of the matter is that all these products do is encourage buildup, make your hair greasy, attract dirt and block the pores of your scalp.

The only thing that will truly moisturize your hair is water.

If you aren't using products that list water or glycerin as the major ingredients, you can be 100% sure that your hair isn't getting the level of moisture it needs.

 

Turn Down The Heat On Your Hair

The second biggest reason for unhealthy black hair is damage from heat styling. Remember the last time you used your blow torch...err, I mean blow dryer? You probably saw massive amounts of broken hairs all over your shoulders and floor when you were done.

Do you notice that your ends are dry, frayed and just look totally unhealthy? That's the result of constantly using too much heat.

Throw in a daily deep frying with a flat iron, curling iron or a hot comb and you really have to wonder how we black women even have any hair left! Follow the trail of split ends, breakage and damage and you'll find a big pile of hot tools at the end of it!

All these direct heat styling tools suck moisture out of your hair like crazy and bring damage on like nobody's business.

How do we get around this? By using healthy methods like air drying and bonnet drying you'll totally eliminate any dryness and damage caused by direct heat.

Can't imagine life without your hot tools? Truth be told, you can use flat irons and blow dryers sometimes without any major issues. The key is to use the ones that are gentle on black hair and also understand how to use them to prevent your hair from drying out and being damaged.

 

Black Hair Basics - Summing Up The Major Points

Keep your hair properly moisturized and hydrated through regular washing and daily moisturizing with water and glycerin based products.

The less heat you use on your hair the healthier it will look and feel. Use healthy alternatives to heat styling, like bonnet and air drying.

 

 

How to Transition to Natural Hair & More

Posted by A'Kiyia on September 18, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

You should View your transition from a hair relaxer to natural hair as a time to change how you view your hair. You can develop a hair routine to maximize your hair growth. Focus on the many benefits of going natural. What are your motivations to embrace your natural hair? Realize that your relaxed hair has hidden your true hair's true texture. If you have been receiving chemical services for many years, you may not know exactly what to expect.

Transition

Start to grown out your hair, by avoiding all relaxer treatments and touch ups. Once you have one to two inches of new growth, you can get a glimpse at your new head of hair. Once you have identified your hair texture, start your style search. Find pictures and hair albums of people with similar hair texture to you. Book mark these websites and hair albums. This will give you a glimpse into what you can and cannot do with your hair. For example if your hair is fluffy, soft, and has springy O or Z shaped spirals you probably have 4b or 4c hair texture.

This hair type does well with two strand twists, twist outs, afros, bantu knots, roller sets, and locs. There are hundreds of other hair styles that you can do. You must realize that you will not be able to wash and go and achieve large perfect spirals curls, if you do not have them naturally. The curls and spirals can be achieved with styling through a roller set, twist out, coil out, or braid out. You can even wear a wash and go with hair conditioning gel, such as shine and smooth gel with aloe vera gel. Your hair is unique to you. You realize that you have different textures of hair throughout your head. Be honest with yourself, as to what hair styles you can achieve with out styling, and which hair styles are may take a bit of planning and effort to achieve. While you are transitioning picture yourself wearing your top five favorite natural hair styles. Picture yourself in the fabulous hair styles that you want.

The fastest way to grow your is to learn to work with it and not against it. Avoid unnecessary use of heat styling tools. Pressing your new growth to match the texture of your relaxed hair, seems like a great idea atthe time.

This may work for you after deep conditioning, air or blow drying, applying heat protectant, and then flat ironing or pressing your hair. However, if you are pressing your hair on a daily basis to achieve a very straight look, you could end up damaging your hair. If you feel that your hair has to be straight all of the time, consider transitioning with a wig or use silk head bands to lay down your new growth with alcohol free gel. Another alternative is a braid out. Braid your hair every night with a light oil and gel for hold. Simply un braid in the morning for a fresh hair style that does not involve combing or heat styling.

Eat a diet high in protein, vegetables, and fiber. Supplements that may help your hair to grow faster are fish oil, msm, flax seed oil, green powdered supplements, and fresh vegetable and fruit juice. If you are exercising regularly, taking supplements, staying hydrated, conditioner washing often, and eating well. Look for new hair growth solutions on hair forums. When you do find a few supplements that you want to take, write down your routine and stick with it. Measure your results every month. Take snapshots of your hair every month to look back over your progress.

Since your natural hair will shrink and coil up more so than relaxed hair, it may seem that your hair is not growing.You have to fully stretch a section, or a few strands of your hair to see the true length. A healthy head full of shoulder length natural hair can be achieved in one and half to two years. Most people can grow six or more inches of hair a year. When you are comfortable with your progress simply get a hair cut to complete your transition. For many women this may be immediate with a big chop. It may take you several months or a year or more before you cut off all of the relaxed hair. This is your hair, so whatever you decide is the right decision.

With supplements and treating your hair like a piece of silk, you may be able to achieve more than six inches of hair growth in one year. Treat your hair with love and respect to retain all of the hair that you grow. Use these tips to help you transition from a relaxer to natural hair faster. Keep your hair goals in mind, on days when your hair styling may take a bit of extra effort. Visit hair forums, and natural hair Fotki albums when you need some hair inspiration.

My Banana Delight Hair Treatment for Dry and Brittle Hair!

Posted by A'Kiyia on September 8, 2011 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone! Has your Hair Been Dry and brittle?

And Very hard to Manageable? If So I have a Great Natural Solution

to Bring the Life back to You Hair!

It is Called My Banana Delight Hair Treatment!

You can do this in the comforts of your home or you can

come to me and I can do it for You!

I also offer Several other different Treatments but I wanted to

share on of my Favorites with Everyone..

This Treatment will make your Hair Super Soft and

Moisturize your hair. It will also promote hair Growth.

Your Hair and Scalp will Sooo Thank you For It :-))

It is so funny B/c most of us already have the Items

we need in there Kitchen.

The Food Items you will need is:

1. Bananas (1 Ripe Banana)

2. Honey (4 Tablespoons)

3. Olive Oil (3 Table Spoons)

4. Lemon Juice (3 TableSpoons)

5. Cinnamon (1 Tablespoon)

6) Aloe Vera Juice (5 TableSpoons)

7) Mayo or Salad Dressing (3 TableSpoons)

**You can add more measurements if needed***

The Other Items you will need:

A Blender

A funnel (To put all of the Items in the Plastic Applicator bottle)

A nozzle tip plastic applicator bottle

A Towel

Plastic Cap or Saran Wrap

*** BLend up all the items above on the milkshake setting

in the Blender. You want to liquefy it but don't make it

super thin. Then put all the mixture in your nozzle tip plastic applicator.

Don't forget to use your funnel to pour the mix in the bottle.

That makes the process not so messy and easy to put in the hair.

Ok lets get started. You want to 1st make sure your hair is freshly

washed. Make sure you Towel blot your hair it should be Lightly damp.

Section off your hair into 4 sections.

Take each section and add the conditioning treatment to your ends to your

root. Once all finish get your plastic cap and put it on your hair.

Get under the Dry or Conditioning Cap for 45 mins.

Then after the 45mins Rinse your Hair with Cool water.

Towel Dry your Hair and Style as usual.

You will have soft, shinny, moisturized hair!

The Benefits of all the Items used will also promote hair Growth.

You will Sooo Love this Treatment!!

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