6 Ways to Stretch Natural Hair: Bunning, braiding, blow drying (on low), banding, butters, double stretch
Tingly Deep Conditioner
*WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1-Conditioner of your choice(I’m using Organix nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner)
2-Organic peppermint oil(use cautiously it is very strong)
3-All natural honey
4-A deep bowl
5-A whisk or something to mix everything together with
6-A towel it can get messy
STEP 1- put desired amount of conditioner into the bowl
STEP 2-add honey
STEP 3- add peppermint oil
STEP 4-Whisk and add more ingredients if necessary
Whisk until its a smooth consistency where everything is mixed together
STEP 5-Dampen hair, detangle and put into manageable sections and distribute deep conditioner mix throughout sections
-Put on shower cap and leave on till your ready to wash it out with regular conditioner and lukewarm water
-You should feel the peppermint oil tingling giving you a cool sensation on your scalp.
-Make sure you thoroughly wash honey it out because the honey will still be there if you don’t, leaving hair sticky.
*Benefits of peppermint oil and why it makes your scalp tingle-
-PEPPERMINT OIL: helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of blood flow to hair.
So initially, I was going to do a long term transition. I decided to go natural on October 18, 2011. At that time I was about 2 months post relaxer. I thought I could transition for about a year to a year and a half, but after I did research on ways to properly transition (meaning preserving your natural hair and not frying it to match the texture you want to get rid of), I realized I may need to cut that time in half. As my natural texture grew in, I realized my natural hair was extremely dense and thick and my straight hair was fine and very stringy. I BC’d on May 20, 2012. In the process I learned some things, that many people would assume are implied, but to those that have had relaxers virtually their entire lives, some things don’t come as easy. Here are some things I learned while I transitioned to natural:
1. DON’T GO CRAZY BUYING PRODUCTS: Not every product that works for your relax hair will work for your natural hair. They are two completely different textures and it may appear to work on the surface, but you will have a hefty bill once your transition is over and then you are left with products that your natural hair hates. Stick to the routine you normally use but slowly break away from the sulfates and heat tools. The key is moisturize. Once you do that, you don’t need all the fluff.
2. GO THE EXTRA MILE TO SANITIZE: That means your face, tools, and linens. Now I know you all are clean people, but you definitely want to make sure you are ridding your surfaces of all the extra oils and products. In my quest to natural, I watched tons of videos and I don’t want to assume that going natural was the cause, but I noticed many transitioning women and newly natural women were breaking out in their video. You may throw some shea butter, jojoba, castor, grape seed, and coconut oil on your hair then get on the phone and it will go all over the phone, then you’ll hit the pillow and it will suck up all that oil and you do it all the next day. Be mindful of the surfaces you come into contact with and sanitize! Make sure you are also sanitizing your tools. Don’t let conditioner and curly hair dry up in your tangle teezers, Denman brushes, and clipping combs.
3. STOP TOUCHING YOUR HAIR: After I BC’d I couldn’t get my hands out of my head, but moving between your head and face will definitely rob your hair of the moisture and it will also take what you stole from your hair and plant it on your face. Can you imagine putting $8 worth of conditioner on your face!
4. SEARCH FOR DEALS: Black hair care is a booming business and we sometimes are financially taken advantage of. I did a post on this awhile back on ways to save money, but you always want to scope out deals whether it be ethnic markets, amazon, shop savvy apps, or making it yourself, get CREATIVE and FRUGAL!
5. IF YOUR SKIN ISN’T TOUGH, GET IT TOUGHER: You’ll face slack from everyone but Jesus about your journey, how you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and who you’re doing it with it. Get tough and find someone to talk to, the journey is like pledging so you’ll need someone to discuss the up’s and downs.
6. DOCUMENT YOUR JOURNEY: Everyone says to do it, but making journal entries about a product that didn’t work or did work or how much you spent allows you to look at the bigger picture. It will bring you back to reality.
7. READ WHAT YOU BUY BEFORE YOU BUY IT: If that means spending extra time in the store, then do so, but you definitely want to spend the time to read the ingredients until you find your staples. Speaking from personal experience, you don’t want to leave the store with a bill and you get home and the products you bought are the complete opposite of what you should put in your hair.
8. HIDE THE HEAT: Give away or store your flat iron, “bevelers”, blowdryers, curling irons, and pressing combs. You WILL get tempted and you WILL regret it.
9. DON”T BE AFRAID OF YOUR DNA: Your natural hair is different and new, treat it like a long lost relative and get to know it.
10. MOISTURIZE: Everyone and their momma’s Youtube page and blog will tell you to moisturize. You need to feed your hair as you get used to it.
There are tons more things you’ll learn and that people will share. Good luck on your journey.
about 1 month natural
So its that time of year again where its gonna get cold and just colder. Dont get me wrong I love snow, ice skating, cuddling in cold weather… just not the days when its like 19 degrees and I have to walk to the bus/train.
But its time to add/subtract from your regimen to adjust for the cold. Meaning…
- Less to no humectants aka honey & vegetable glycerin! Hardly any moisture in the air as the weather gets colder for them to draw in from
- Lay off the wash-n-go’s for awhile. The air is dry, will leave hair dry/brittle and you’ll end up sick in the end!
- Do more protective syles: Twist, Braids, Buns… just seal and protect those ends with butters or oils!
- With wearing scarves and wool hats - have a satin scarf or bonnet underneath. the cotton/wool will tear at hair and absorb your hair oils and you’ll need all the oil you can keep!
- Rinse hair with lukewarm to cold water.. it helps in the process of locking in moisture and adding shine!
- Remember to trim when neededA Few Recommendations:
- Shampoo: At least once a week use a clarifying shampoo or an ACV wash if needed to rid hair of product buildup. make sure shampoo has moisturizing oils.
- Hot Oil Treatment: once a week EVOO (alone or with water), or a mix of oils such as EVOO, JBCO, Amla, Lavendar, Rosemary, Sweet Almond, Peppermint. This is necessary if you feel your hair is super duper dry. Can CoWash or use Clarifying Shampoo beforehand if needed.
- CoWash/ Leave-In Conditioner: With Suave/Vo5 and add moisturizing oils. Or use Cantu Leave in/Knot Today Leave-In-Detangler/or your favorite of course
- Deep Condition:Weekly/Biweekly or before you redo your protective style. For a homemade mix use Avocado and/or Mayo, EVOO, Amla Oil, Wheat Germ & Jojoba oil. Or for products use Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner/ Sofn’Free GroHealthy Nothing But Intense Healing Mask/or your favorite homemade mix/conditioner product of course
- Whipped Shea Butter (Sealant on Ends): Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba, Grapeseed, JBCO (jamaican black castor oil), EVOO
- Spritz/Mist: In spray bottle small enough to carry around or big enough to leave at home/office, use water or distilled water (your preference) add your moisturizing and essential oils. I’m going with the same oils from my Shea butter mix (and yes i found aloe vera oil)
Drink plenty water, Eat your fruits and veggies, Exercise… and Stay Warm.
I’m going to a water park tomorrow and I needed to know what the hell to do with my hair. Chlorine water can be damaging (of course) to our curly little locks. So here are some tips I found while I was puttering about the internet if you’re a natural girl and you like going swimming.
Before You Get In The Water
- Don’t put product in your hair!
A lot of people’s reactions were to put on conditioner and saturate their hair with product in order to coat each strand and make sure water couldn’t get in. All that does is make the pool a cloudy mess, and you’ll come up for air with oils running down your face - not cute.
- Lightly wet your hair with tap water.
Your hair will soak up the water in the pool. But you can lessen soakage by pre-wetting your hair at home with safe and mostly chemical free tap water! Just enough so that your hair is damp.
- Protective Hairstyling!
It doesn’t have to be braids with extensions. I’m talking about just putting your hair in cornrows or twists so that you reduce surface area.
- Swim Cap
For those of us who can afford one (and don’t think they look dorky) wear a swim cap. This is the best protection in the water. They can be cute.
- Wash your hair immediately after swimming. If you swim every day or often, I wouldn’t recommend shampooing as that further dries your hair out (especially if you don’t use a sulfate-free shampoo). Just conditioner should restore moisture.
- Leave-In Conditioner.
This should be part of your regimen anyway, but add a nice moisturizing leave-in to restore your coils to their natural state. Pay close attention the moisturizing of your scalp.
- There’s a shampoo that’s especially made to rid you of chlorine in your hair. It’s called UltraSwim Chlorine Removal Shampoo
- Make sure your swim cap isn’t too tight and pulls at your edges.
- Moisturize your hair the night before you swim.
- If you’re just lounging by the pool, wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair from the heat!
What to do when your hair care goes wrong.
1) Reset your hair. Sometimes you get the crunchies because a product you’ve used has silicones and is blocking the moisture from getting into the follicle. Clarifying your hair and scalp can be beneficial to reset and get your hair ready for a deep conditioning. Note: Don’t use a harsh shampoo, you want to clarify not strip. An ACV or Baking Soda Rinse will do a great job without hurting your hair more.
2) Finger detangle only. When your hair is in a fragile state you’ll want to avoid the comb, even under the water. You do still want to detangle, to avoid breakage and matting, but you don’t want to be rough with your hair. I also try to finger detangle under running water. You may be experiencing breakage, so in the interest of retaining your length be gentle with your hair.
3) Condition like a boss. This is the perfect time for a deep conditioning, go for a conditioner you know and love, and avoid trying new products when your hair is not in it’s best shape. Our hair is sensitive normally, but just like you, it’s more sensitive when it’s having a bad day. You’ll want to put in a good amount of conditioner and put on a shower cap or plastic bag to keep in the heat. You can wrap a towel on top to increase the heat in the cap or sit under a hooded dryer. Hair steamers are also great. For those who don’t have a hooded dryer or a steamer, you can use your hair dryer.
4) Seal it up. Don’t lose all the hard work you’ve done after you rinse out the conditioner. Make sure to seal your hair with it’s favorite oils.
5) Trim all split ends. If you’ve noticed some split ends get them now before they have the chance to take over.
6) Keep it moisturized. Make sure you’ve got plenty of leave-ins handy, and depending on the level of damage you may even want to slip a bottle into your purse, especially if you have to be outside for long periods of time. Water is your best friend, spend some quality time with her.
1) Rock a fro. You’ll want to put your hair away while it’s healing. Constant exposure to the elements will just speed up the damage
2) Try a new line of products. Your hair needs a little familiarity, don’t risk using another bad product.
3) Dye or chemically treat your hair. This is a no brainer, your hair is too stressed for all of that stress. Really need to cover gray or your roots? Try some henna.
4) Ignore it. The crunchies won’t go anywhere if you don’t do anything about it. It’ll also get worse the longer you wait to treat it.
5) Get discouraged. It happens to everyone, we all make hair mistakes even those of us who do this for a living. Just dig deep, your hair will get better!
What was your worse hair mistake?Source: findingmycurls
Conditioning your hair is the number one thing you need in your regimen for healthy hair of any length. Relaxed, texlaxed, texturized, transitioning, loc’d, natural – it doesn’t make an ounce of difference, you need to condition your hair regularly. Here is your guide to conditioners:
Hope This Helps!Source: mynaturalisbeautiful