Hair Talk / Nadine Golding

Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Nadine, a small town girl originally from Nottingham. I moved to London three years ago for my dream job in marketing. 

How long have you been natural?

I’ve always been natural. I’m too much of a chicken to do anything too drastic. I traditionally wore my hair straight with the use of the hot combs and then straightening irons. I started wearing my natural curls on 1st October 2014 and I’ll never forget it, it was the start of an amazing journey. 

Why did you make the decision to wear your natural curls?

I decided to go ‘all out’ natural and embrace my curly tresses after I saw the incredible and at the time irreversible damage I was causing to my hair due to heat. Literally, my hair was breaking off leaving piles of strands on the floor. 

What’s the best thing about being natural?

For me it’s the learning. Not just about my hair, her texture, her type, her porosity level and what she likes and dislikes. But about myself too. I’ve learnt more about myself in this past year and four months than I ever have before. It’s really weird to say but my hair has changed me. I see me in all my naked, curly glory – lol. My hair (I like to call her Divine), and I have truly arrived! I’m stronger and more confident than ever and I love it!

What is your hair type/texture?

I’ve got a few. I'd say I’m a 4a at the back and a 3c everywhere else. I also have extremely low porosity hair, so my strands don't absorb water very well and takes ages to dry. I use heat to help with absorption when deep conditioning - I couldn’t live without my portable hooded dryer. And I seal the moisture in by rinsing out my co-wash and conditioners with cool water. My hair strands are fine but I have a lot of them!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

Normally it’s a wash and go now my hair has a little length and my hairdresser has cut my hair into a proper shape. On a Saturday I’d set my wash and go using the LOC method and seal with a little Eco Styler gel (the aloe vera one is my fave). Wash and gos last for about three to four days before I have to pull my hair into one and pay close attention to just the right amount of flick on my edges. I spray my hair night and day with water – that’s a must!

Describe a typical washday.

Erm, correction – wash days! Lol. So I start off on a Friday night with a coconut pre poo. I drench my hair with coconut oil, finger detangle, twist up my hair loosely into four twists then sit for an hour with a plastic cap on. Then I co-wash my with As I Am Coconut Co-wash and finger detangle. Once my hair is clean and thoroughly rinsed out, I apply my deep conditioner of choice (I love the Shea Moisture‘s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque), wrap my hair with cling film, add a towel and sleep.

In the morning I wash the masque out, apply my leave in conditioner of choice (Shea Moisture’s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave In Conditioner), add my home made oil mix to my scalp and strands and then coat my hair with my conditioner of choice (Shea Moisture’s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Conditioner). Finally I add Eco Styler Gel.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

I’d say my twist and curl outs! This style I can rely on. The results are always consistent and it’s really easy to do with minimal manipulation.

Nadine - Left: Wash n Go / Right: Twist out with perm rods

What’s your favourite protective hairstyle?

High bun defo. It’s just super classy and again effortless. Just got to make sure those edges are on point! 

List your top 5 products and why.

  1. As I Am Co-wash Conditioner – leaves my hair feeling super clean without making it feel dry. There’s a lot of slip which makes detangling for me a doddle.
  2. Shea Moisture Jamaica Black Castor Oil Leave in Conditioner. This leaves my hair super moisturised without weighing it down. Jamaica black castor oil.
  3. Peppermint essential oil. Love this little bottle of magic! Teamed with my carrier oils this is a great scalp stimulant.
  4. Eco Styler Gel Aloe Vera – this is very reliable and gives me that sleek look without flaking. I use this on my edges too.
  5. I use this with a mix of oils really for my scalp massages and when doing the LOC method. I believe this is the secret ingredient for hair growth and I use this on my eyebrows too.

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

Don’t give up and be patient. Remember healthy hair has to come before the length!

Describe your natural hair in three words.

I can name it in just one – DIVINE!

Do you have a webpage/blog/twitter account where people can find you?

Of course – tweet me @QTgolding 



Would you like to share you natural hair story? Contact me here.

Hair Talk / Allyson Trunzer


Photo by: Nichole Fleming

Photo by: Nichole Fleming

Tell us your name and where you are from?

Hi everyone! My name is Allyson Trunzer. I live in Toronto, Canada, and work as a theatre/ dance performer, dance teacher’s assistant and barista. I’m also finishing up studies to become a certified ESL teacher. 

How long have you been natural?

I’ve never relaxed my hair, but I did have a history of using generalised products, chemical bleaches/dyes and flat ironing. I discontinued flat ironing and started investing in more natural products in the fall of 2013. I also started using henna in replacement of chemical dyes since this past summer. 

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

Earlier in 2013, I experienced a lot of breakage/ shedding plus heat damage from sun exposure and constantly flat ironing my hair. In the fall of 2013, I got a job at Toronto’s popular and trendy natural hair, skincare & wellness store, Honeyfig. It was there that I was encouraged to stick to a consistent regimen, be aware of product ingredients and start treating my hair on a consistent basis. My hair has been a lot stronger, fuller, and healthier ever since! 

What is your hair type/texture?

I have 3b/ 3c curls and finer strands. 

Photo by: Ellana Delmar @ellanaphotography

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

I’ll do a wash n’ go then style my hair in a pineapple, high bun or low ponytail during the week. 

Describe a typical washday.

“Wash day” is usually on a Saturday or Sunday and I wait 7 days before the next one. I’ll style it as a wash n’ go, then on the second/ third day, I’ll re-mist my hair with water and reapply a bit of leave in conditioner/ styler.  If I’m working out a lot during the week, I’ll co-wash 3-4 days after the weekend, skip the conditioner and follow up with the leave in and styler. 

 My typical “wash day”:

  1. Wash w/ Earthtones Naturals’ Curl Cleanse Moisturizing & Conditioning Shampoo. Apply and rinse with warm water. 
  2. Deep Condition w/ Brown Butter Beauty’s Babassu Butter Love. Leave in and use wide-tooth comb or fingers to detangle. Rinse out after 30 minutes with cool water. (Once/ month I use Bekura’s Vanilla Whiskey Repairing Hair Soak as a protein treatment instead of BBB). 
  3. Scrunch out excess water out of hair with old cotton T-shirt. 
  4. Apply leave in (Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Leave In Conditioner) and rake through hair with fingers.
  5. Style with Design Essentials Daily Moisturising Lotion w/ Jojoba Oil, and a dab of Morrocco Method’s Euro Oil to seal & finish! 

NB: Once my hair is less damp, I use my fingers to tease/ shake out my roots for volume.  

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

I put my hair in a high bun on the daily! 

List your top 5 products and why.

  1. Favourite Shampoo: Earthtones Naturals’ Curl Cleanse Moisturiing and Conditioning Shampoo
  2. Favourite Protein Deep Conditioner: Bekura Vanilla Whiskey Repairing Hair Soak
  3. Favourite Leave In: Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Leave In
  4. Favourite Styling Gel: Earthones Natural’s Curl Define Curl Enhancing Gelly
  5. Favourite Styling Butter: Darcy’s Botanicals’ Sweet Cocoa Bean Moisturizing Hair Whip

NB: Some of these brands are made in Canada and are available online @Honeyfig.

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

Keep in mind that the process is about trial and error and what may work for you, may not work for someone else and vice versa. It’s just important to remain patient, read the product labels, and monitor which ingredients work best for your hair. Just being consistent and focusing on the health of you hair rather than immediate style will give your hair better results in the long run!  

Do you have a webpage/blog/twitter account where people can find you?

Facebook: Allyson Reanne Trunzer
Instagram: allysontrunzer
Email: allyson.trunzer@gmail.com

 

Would you like to share you natural hair story? Contact me here.

Natural Remedies for Hair Growth


It's been so looooooong since my last post, but i'm back with a great article on using natural remedies for hair growth.

Get ready...go!

  • Onions
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Henna
  • Coconut Milk
  • Hibiscus
  • Green Vegetables

 


ONIONS

To achieve hair growth with the help of onion juice you need to extract the juice of the onions and apply it on the scalp thoroughly. Though, the juice has a pungent smell, the remedy is highly effective in achieving the results you need. You need to keep the juice on the scalp for at least 30 minutes. You can keep it for longer if you will be able to bear the smell of the juice. Rinse off the juice using water and mild shampoo. You will have to repeat this remedy at least twice a week for at least two months to see the results. This is a natural remedy and it will take some time to give the expected result.

Simple Methods Of Using Onion for Hair Growth

1.    Onion Juice-Honey Mixture

You can use this remedy in two different ways. You can mix ¼ cup of onion juice with one honey tablespoon of honey and you can consume it orally every day or you can apply the mix on the scalp and massage it for 15 minutes daily to see the difference.

2.    Concoction Of Onion Juice And Rum

If you find the smell of onions unbearable you can use this method to prevent the loss of hair and to improve the growth of hair. Finely chop one medium sized onion and soak this in a glass of rum overnight. Next day, strain the mixture to remove the onion pieces. Use the concoction to massage the scalp or use it as a hair rinse after washing the hair.

3.    Add Onion In Your Recipes

You can include onions in regular recipes and in salads to get the benefits of using onion. This will not act as fast as applying the juice to the hair.

4.    Onion Juice Hair Rinse

This is another method of using onions for hair growth without getting tears and irritation to eyes. Add 4-5 chopped onion to one litre of water and boil it for about 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain the mixture. Use the onion boiled water to rinse your hair after shampooing. If you are not bothered with the smell you need not wash the hair with water that day. You can clean your hair using water and mild shampoo next day.

Hair is part of the personality of a person. If you are worried about your excessive hair loss, you can try the above remedy. Select a method convenient to you and stick to it for at least two months. Your hair will first achieve a good sheen and slowly you will see your hair becoming stronger and thicker. To boost your hair growth, you can also massage your hair and scalp with a mixture of olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil once in a week. You can achieve better results, if you leave the oil overnight on your hair. Always eat a healthy diet to prevent hair loss and to promote the re-growth of the hair.


APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple cider vinegar gently cleanses the scalp and maintains the PH balance of the hair accelerating hair growth.

See my post on the benefits of an apple cider vinegar rinse HERE.


HENNA

Henna is very well known as a natural conditioner. It is also good for hair growth. It transforms dull and dry hair to smooth and shiny hair and adds colour too. It promotes hair growth by strengthening the roots of your hair.

How to use:

  • Make a pack by mixing 1 cup of dry henna powder with ½ cup of yoghurt
  • Apply it all over your hair from root to tip.
  • Leave the pack until it dries off completely
  • Wash off with a mild shampoo

COCONUT MILK

Coconut milk is rich in iron, potassium and essential fats. It reduces hair fall and breakage. It's rich in proteins, iron and other essential nutrients.

How to use:

  • Extract the milk of a coconut
  • Apply it on the targeted areas
  • Keep it overnight
  • Rinse off with cool water the next day

Coconut milk is an essential natural ingredient in my DIY Protein Treatment


HIBISCUS

Hibiscus flower is another home remedy for hair growth. Hibiscus is truly said to be the “flower of hair care.” This flower is used for curing dandruff and enhancing hair growth. It also thickens the hair and prevents pre-mature ageing.

How To Use:

  • Make a paste of the hibiscus flower with coconut oil or sesame oil
  • Apply it on your hair evenly.
  • Rinse with a mild shampoo.

Hibiscus is an essential natural ingredient in my DIY Protein Treatment


GREEN VEGETABLES

Have lots of dark green vegetables. These contain iron which is really essential for hair growth.
Green vegetables are rich in iron which is a prerequisite for strong hair.

Click HERE for a full list of nutrients for promoting healthy hair.


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LEMONS

Lemon juice contains healthy ingredients like vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, and folic acid, all of which is good for hair growth.

How to use:

  • Mix one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair. Massage it in to make sure the mixture reaches your scalp.
  • Leave it in your hair for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Rinse out the mixture completely, then wash your hair normally with a mild shampoo.
  • Repeat this treatment once or twice weekly. Do not do it more often- lemon juice can lighten your hair in large doses.

Try these effective natural remedies for better hair growth. Tell us about your natural remedies too in the comments box below.

 

Source

  • http://www.myhealthtips.in/2014/08/how-onion-helps-in-hair-growth.html
  • http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/28-powerful-home-remedies-for-hair-growth/
  • http://www.wikihow.com/Help-Enhance-Hair-Growth

Preparing & Maintaining Braids/Twists Extensions


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From the start of my natural hair journey, my favourite protective style has always been box braids. Especially in the summer when I’m on my holiday break, box braids are definitely my go-to style. They’re a great way to protect your strands, help with growth and of course gives you more time in the morning/evening. Come on, who wants to waste time detangling, twisting and styling when they’ve got a holiday to enjoy. Not me that’s who.

Braiding has many benefits but lets not forget about the downsides to this protective style. Braids can cause damage, breakage and in some cases alopecia. To avoid making the common mistakes, so many women make when wearing braids. I’ve listed some helpful tips on getting the most out of you style.

 

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Deep Condition

Before you consider installing braids/twist extensions, please ensure that your hair and scalp are healthy enough to handle the extra weight and tension from the braids. 

In preparation I would suggest doing a protein treatment followed by a moisturising deep condition, at least twice before installing your braids/twists.

It’s also important to solve any scalp issues such as dryness, dandruff, itchy scalp, any fungal infections etc. These may weaken your hair and lead to damage and breakage.

Mo's Deep condition routine:

Apply your deep conditioner evenly throughout wet hair after shampooing, place hair under a plastic cap/plastic bag and apply moderate heat for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair.

// DURING

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Moisturising

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Please don’t forget that the hair underneath your braids still needs love and attention. The same way that you moisturise your hair when they’re out, you need to ensure that your hair is moisturised whilst in your braids. To keep your hair from getting too dry, use a liquid moisturiser or braid spray twice a day.

Mo’s moisturiser of choice:
I tend to use my homemade moisturiser spritz, as it’s a great way of penetrating the braids and getting to my actual hair. It also helps to prevent build up on my braids, especially at the root.

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Cleansing

Washing your braid/twist extensions is a must. It’s important to the health of your hair and scalp to remove product build-up, residue and sweat. There are so many different ways to wash your braids but I’ve found the following regime to be the most successful for me…

  • Section braids into four sections
  • Find a plastic container/jar, add your favourite shampoo then some water until it’s watery enough for easy application.
  • Within each section, apply the diluted shampoo to you scalp and rub gently to lift the dirt from your scalp. Make sure you use your finger tips and NOT your nails.
  • Pour the remaining diluted shampoo over your head and squeeze your braids to ensure that the shampoo penetrates and cleans your hair inside.
  • Once done run your head under the water until it rinses clean. 
  • Apply your leave-in conditioner of choice. Alternatively if you feel your hair needs extra moisture you could use your conditioner/deep conditioner. Use the same method as the shampoo and mix your conditioner with water in a plastic container/jar. Rinse thoroughly as conditioners/deep conditioners tend to be thick and could cause build-up.
  • Whilst your braids are still banded, use your towel to remove the excess water. Once they’re about 50% dry, remove your bands and then gently finger detangle if you have loose/feathered ends. 

Mo’s leave-in conditioner of choice:

Creme of Nature Argan Oil - Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner

// AFTER

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Take Down

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When taking down your braids the key if to ensure that you hold on to as much of your new growth as possible. I find the easiest way of getting the hair out of the braids to make sure that the hair is as slippery and moist as possible. Try the following method for making your take down as stress free as possible…

  • About 15 minute’s prior to take down, spritz your braids (focusing mainly on the first few inches) with a water, conditioner (you probably won’t want to waste your favourite conditioner for this) and oil(s).
  • Once you have cut your braids,  remove the remaining braids by using your fingers to minimise breakage.
  • To remove the block of dirt, spray your conditioner mix on that top area where the braid first meets your hair, to loosen up the dirt.
  • Take your time and slowly pull the hair apart, little by little to remove the dirt from the hair.
  • Once the dirt is out, detangle that section of the hair right away to avoid tangles.
  • Then follow up with a shampoo and apple cider vinegar rinse (this is optional) to ensure that your hair and scalp are thoroughly cleansed.
  • Oh and of course a deep condition is a must.

 

Happy braiding

x

 

How do you prepare and maintain your braid/twist extensions?

 

Product Review | Alikay Naturals


Being a Curly Ambassador for Curls Understood, not only keeps me connected to the natural hair community but also allows me to share my passion, my experience as a naturalist and offer tips and advice.

The lovely guys at Curls Understood and Antidote Street have partnered up to provide these lovely products, which I’ll be reviewing for you today.

Products on Review

Brand: Alikay Naturals

Product 1: Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner

Product 2: Crème Brulee Curling Delight

Where to buy: Antidotestreet.com


1 | Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner

Size: 8oz

Price: £10.99

About

The Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner is the perfect moisture solution for all hair types. This lightweight leave-in conditioner will penetrates deep into hair cortex to lock in moisture, soften, strengthen and condition each strand. Infused with Essential oils, Aloe Vera and Silk Amino Acid that will repair dry damaged hair and promote moisture from the inside the cuticle.

Scent & Texture

The first thing you do when you discover a new product is to read the description. But with this product, the first thing you NEED to do is…unscrew the top, place your nostril over the bottle and give it a good old sniff. This leave in conditioner smells absolutely delightful. I tend to gravitate towards products that have a sweet fragrance, but this scent is so zesty and refreshing, you can’t wait to get it onto your hair.

Application

Prior to application I shampooed my hair and then followed up with a deep conditioner. I then followed the directions on the bottle and saturated my wet strands with the product. But don’t worry ladies, it also recommends using it on dry hair.

On application I was instantly hit with the fresh, zesty smell of the lemongrass, which was great. The product is very watery and light, so it made it easy to apply to my hair and scalp. Within seconds of applying the product, my natural coils started to pop. As a naturalist, you can't wait for these moments , as you get so excited to see your natural hair react in such a simple way.

Results

This product smells absolutely fantastic and is packed with ingredients (Aloe Vera, coconut oil, amino acids and essential oils) that my hair agrees with and of course needs. 

My hair took really well to the product as it felt really soft and moisturised, but I noticed that some of the product did sit on my hair as opposed to being absorbed. Could this be down to the deep conditioner prior to application? Or is this just how the product works? Who knows, I just know that it smelled great and I was looking forward to the results.

Score: 6 out of 10


2 | Creme Brulee Curling Delight

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Size: 236ml

Price: £13.99

About

This Creme Brulee Curling Delight will make your curls will POP!! With a yummy Pineapple scent, it is also contains Aloe Vera, Agave Nectar and Argan Oil, that will give your curls an A+ rating. Infused with nourishing oils such as almond oil and coconut oil it hydrates and moisturises. It also works to smooth hair cuticle to reduce frizz while clumping and elongating your curls to create the polished curly look you desire. This product will not leave hair dry, crunchy, sticky or greasy. Just touchable hydrating curls that stays defined for days. Perfect for Wash and go for Kinky and Curly textures.

Scent & Texture

In my opinion you can never go wrong when pineapple is involved, so I was excited to have received this amazingly fruity, curling delight. The scent is also similar to icing, which makes you want to dip your finger in and taste. But of course I didn’t. That would be ridiculous.

The texture has a similar consistency to Eco-Styler Gel, so I was a little bit anxious, as my hair prefers stylers that have a creamy/buttery like texture. But hey ho, if I don’t try, then I won’t know.


Application

After applying the Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner, it was time to explore this wonderfully sweet smelling curling product, which promises to make my curls pop. It also promises to reduce frizz, elongate my curls to create the polished curly look that most of us desire. I get really excited when it comes to using stylers for the first time, so I couldn’t wait to see the results.

The instructions state that you should apply the product to wet or damp hair, followed by their Lemongrass Leave in Conditioner. But as this had already been applied, I ignored that step.

I sectioned my hair into 8 sections (4 rows on each side), applied a finger tip amount to each section, detangled and then did a two strand twist with bantu knots (for my twist out). Whilst twisting it felt like I didn’t have enough of the product in my hair, so I found myself adding a little bit more, which I didn’t like. 

 

Overloading my fine strands with too much product tends to end in a failed twist out, so I was a little apprehensive about the results. I then covered my hair with a satin bonnet and left my twists to dry overnight.

Results

When I unraveled my twists the following day, my hair was super soft and it felt really moisturised. Yay! But unfortunately my twist out was a fail. Boooooo!

My natural coils looked nice and shinny but my twists were frizzy which meant I lacked curl definition. Plus my curls weren’t elongated as promised. 

I’m apart of the high shrinkage club, so I don’t expect all products to elongate my strands, but it would have been nice to achieve a more polished curly look.

I was disappointed that it failed to achieve a style that I could rock with confidence the following day. But I was happy with how soft and moisturised my hair felt, even after a couple days when my hair was stretched.

What would I do differently?

On my second attempt I think I’ll use less of the Creme Brulee and add some hair gel in the mix to achieve more defined curls and hopefully get them to last longer.

Score: 4 out of 10

Have you tried these products before? Share your thought's in the comments box below.

UK Natural Hair Events


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Looking for a natural hair event in the UK?

Check out these upcoming event's...


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Event: Curls 

Date: Saturday 28th February 2015

Time: 2.00m to 4:00pm

Location: Beauty by Zara, 20 - 24 Clarence Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6QJ

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Event: Natural Hair & Lifestyle Expo 2015

Date: Sunday, 12 April 2015

Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm

Location: City of Westminster College, Paddington Green, London, W2 1NB United Kingdom

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Event: National Hair Week 2015

Date: 2nd - 9th May 2015

Time: - 11am - 5pm

Location: Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and London

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Event: Curlvolution

Date: Saturday 23rd May

Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Location: Leeds / Manchester / Nottingham / Bristol / Birmingham / London

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS


Event: The WITJ Natural Hair & Beauty Expo London 2015

Date: 13th June 2015

Time: 10.30am - 6.30pm

Venue: Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, E1 8GP, London, United Kingdom

CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

 

N.B. Events are subject to changes for which I cannot be held responsible. 
Please contact the Event Organiser(s) for detailed confirmations. 
This can be found by following the 'Click here for full details' links.

 

Feel free to share any hair events that you know of by posting the details in the comments box below.

Nutrients for Promoting Healthy Hair Growth


Looking after the outside of our body is all well and good. But we also need to ensure that we put more effort on the inside by including the right nutrients into our diet. As the old saying goes “you are what you eat” and this also includes your hair.

I'm always on the look out for different ways to promote healthy hair growth, so I thought i'd share this great article by Guide to Living Naturally which lists some essential nutrients which you'll need to help grow healthy hair.

Check it out...

Protein

Protein is the building block of hair. Hair is 88 percent protein. Protein will give the shaft of your hair more strength, and will reduce the probability of damage.

Excellent sources of protein include: tuna, shrimp, and cod, snapper, venison, halibut, salmon, scallops, turkey, chicken, lamb, beef, calf’s liver, spinach, tofu, mustard greens, crimini mushrooms, soybeans, and mozarrella cheese, eggs, milk, collard greens, cauliflower and many legumes including lentils, split peas, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans and garbanzo beans.

Vitamin B

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The B vitamins are necessary for healthy hair. Lack of B vitamins can lead to oily hair conditions.

Good sources include: animal products (meat, poultry), yeast extracts (brewers’ yeast, Marmite), asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, bell peppers, turnip greens, bananas, potatoes, dried apricots, dates and figs, milk, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, nuts and pulses, fish, brown rice, wheat germ, garlic, tuna, wholegrain cereals, avocado, herring, salmon, celery, crimini mushrooms, sunflower seeds and walnuts.

Vitamin C

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It strengthens the immune system, and assists in metabolizing B vitamins and amino acids into the body. Lack of vitamin C can cause dry hair.

Excellent food sources of vitamin C include: broccoli, bell peppers, kale, cauliflower, strawberries, lemons, mustard and turnip greens, brussels sprouts, papaya, chard, cabbage, spinach, kiwifruit, snow peas, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, limes, tomatoes, zucchini, raspberries, asparagus, celery, pineapples, lettuce, watermelon, fennel, peppermint and parsley.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for the health of your scalp. A lack of it can lead to dry hair.

Good sources include: Calf liver, Cow’s milk , eggs, carrots, apricots, mangoes, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, tomatoes, guava, and pink grapefruit, salmon, shellfish, Cayenne pepper and chilli pepper.

Vitamin E

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Vitamin E provides lots of benefits for growing vibrant hair.

Good sources of vitamin E include: mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, collard greens, parsley, kale, papaya, olives, bell pepper, brussel sprouts, kiwifruit, tomato, blueberries, and broccoli.

Vitamin K

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Vitamin K helps to maintain healthy hair.

Good sources of vitamin K include: spinach, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, green peas and carrots, fig, brewer yeast, asparagus, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, egg yolk, oatmeal, rye, soybean, liver, wheat, yogurt, tomato paste, Swiss Emmental cheese and Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese.

Iron

Healthy hair needs iron in the body. Iron is needed to help carry oxygen to the hair. Without enough iron, hair gets starved for oxygen.

Good sources of iron include: chard, spinach, thyme, and turmeric, romaine lettuce, blackstrap molasses, tofu, mustard greens, turnip greens, string beans, and shiitake mushrooms, beef tenderloin, lentils, brussel sprouts, asparagus, venison, garbanzo beans, broccoli, leeks, and kelp.

Magnesium

Magnesium deficiencies lead to hair problems.

Good sources: of magnesium include Swiss chard and spinach, mustard greens, summer squash, broccoli, blackstrap molasses, halibut, turnip greens, pumpkin seeds and peppermint, cucumber, green beans, celery, kale and a variety of seeds, including sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flax seeds.

Zinc

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A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss. Zinc is necessary for building hair protein.


Good sources include: Calf’s liver, crimini mushrooms, sea vegetables, basil, thyme, spinach, yeast, beef, and lamb, summer squash, asparagus, venison, chard, collard greens, miso, shrimp, maple syrup, broccoli, peas, yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and mustard green.

Water 

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Water is important for hair. Water makes up one-fourth of the weight of a strand of hair. Moisture makes the hair supple and helps keep your hair silky and shiny. Eight to ten glasses of water a day are absolutely necessary to nourish healthy hair.

Essential Fats

Healthy hair also needs two essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, that are not produced naturally by the human body.

Omega-3 fats sources: flax oil, algae, cold-water fish, dark-green vegetables, hemp oil and pumpkin seed oil. Omega-6 fats sources: borage, evening primrose oil, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, corn and pumpkin seeds.

Lastly…things to avoid

Eating dead food can lead to lifeless hair. These are sugars, chocolate, cakes, cookies, starches, soft drinks, snacks, Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and recreational drugs destroy important hair growing nutrients. If you can’t resist keep these to a minimum.


Have you included any of these foods into your diet? What results did you get?


Source: http://guidetolivingnaturally.com/2010/09/...

Preparing & Maintaining Colour Treated Natural Hair


Whenever I make the decision to do something drastic with my hair, I always do my research. Followed by more research with a little bit more research. Clearly I don't mess about when it comes to my hair. Lol.

Colour treated hair has a tendency to become dry, more so if it's not looked after properly. So I wanted to make sure that my hair was fully prepared before I took the plunge. And of course find out the best way to maintain healthy coloured hair.

Now let's start with preparing your hair for colour....

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BEFORE

 

1 / Deep cleansing

It doesn’t hurt to do a good deep clean a day or two before colouring, to remove any product build-up on your hair and scalp. Freshly washed hair helps to ensure that nothing that will interfere with the hair dye deposition.

Tip: Use a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build-up and dirt from hair and scalp. Alternatively you could use a moisturising shampoo, followed by a Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanse to help balance the pH levels of your hair and scalp, and to remove any build-up.

My favourite moisturising shampoo

2 / Deep conditioning treatment

Using a deep conditioning treatment can help to protect your strands and scalp. The idea is to keep as many natural oils in your hair and scalp as possible, to achieve a better more even colour.

Tip: Use a deep conditioner of your choice for at least 30 minutes under a plastic cap/bag or hood dryer.

 

3 / Try to avoid stylers

Try not to use any stylers on your hair a day or two before colouring. If you must, try to only use a small amount.

Tip: It also helps to avoid products that contain dimethicone, as it may inhibit penetration of the hair dye. 

My styler of choice which is dimethicone free.

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AFTER

 

1 / Moisturise

It’s so important to keep your hair moisturised, even more so with colour treated hair. Also don't forget to drink lots of water. It all helps.

Tip: Apply water or a water based product (why not try my Homemade Moisturising Spritz for Dry Hair) before you add your moisturising creams and oils.

Water + aloe vera juice + a mixture of natural oils

2 /  Washing

Try to avoid sulfate shampoos as they tend to strip your hair. Use a sulfate-free shampoo or cowash conditioner instead. This also helps to maintain your hair colour.

Tip:  If you find that your hair is too dry after shampooing, try swapping it for a cowash on your next washday.

This is my cowash of choice, which I use 2-3 times a month. I then shampoo once a month to give it a really good clean. Check out my review  HERE

This is my cowash of choice, which I use 2-3 times a month. I then shampoo once a month to give it a really good clean. Check out my review HERE

3/ Protein Treatment

Colour treated natural hair can suffer from cuticle damage and this is where protein treatments come in. Protein treatments are known to temporarily repair and strengthen your hair, so this is great way to ensure that you keep your hair nice and healthy.

Tip: Give yourself a protein treatment once a month to reduce any breakage and to combat dryness. If you have fine, delicate hair like myself, protein treatments are essential part of keeping your hair healthy.

My recommendation - Try my natural DIY Protein Treatment or try ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor. They both work wonders.

My natural DIY protein treatment

4 / Deep Conditioning

Ladies please don't forget to deep condition your hair, even more so after a protein treatment. If possible, aim for every time you wash your hair. Also remember to use a good leave-in conditioner followed by a natural oil of your choice to seal in the moisture. Pay special attention to your ends, as they’re the oldest and weakest part of your hair.

Tip: For an added super boost of moisture, shine and softness, try adding a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of natural oil (e.g. extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, argan etc) to your deep conditioning treatment before you apply it to your hair. For those with dry scalp/dandruff, try adding some aloe vera gel to your conditioner.

My favourite deep conditioners

 

How do you prepare your hair for colour? How do you maintain your colour treated hair? Share your tips below.

 

10 Protective Hairstyles for Natural Hair


Autumn is officially here, so it's time to protect your strands from the change in the weather. Check out these helpful videos on how to style your hair in cooler weather conditions.

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1/ Pump It Up Pin Up

Description / Make one big cornrow going up from the nape of the neck to the crown. Braid the section at the front to your hairline then gather loose hair with a rubber band and roll to create a pompadour.

Tools / Comb + clip + bobby pins + rubber band.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Date Night/Evening out/Partying

 

2/ Curly Fro Updo

Description / Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair while leaving the curly afro unleashed in front.

Tools / Perm rods + afro pick + bobby pins

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Great for /  Work

 

3/ Half Up Bun, Half Down

Description / Half up half down hair tutorial for naturally curly hair which features a top knot bun with the back hanging down.

Tools / Hair band + hair pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

4/ Cornrow and Twist Updo

Description / French braid (cornrow) to create an upward braid in the back and a two strand twist at the top/front.

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Your fingers only

Great for /  Every day

 

5/ Easy Pinless Updo

Description / Easy updo style for locs using a hair band only. 

Hair Length / Long

Tools / Hair band

Great for /  Every day look

 

6/ Simple, Chic & Retro Style

Description / Using a low pony tail, create a donut bun. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Tools / Hair band + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out/Partying

 

7/ Double Sided Braid/Cornrow

Description / An easy protective style which is created with two braids/cornrows, one on either side of the head.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Comb

Great for /  Every day 

 

8/ Simple Up-do

Description / A quick and easy, low manipulation hairstyle which is created with high bun and front twisted pompadour.

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins + hair bands

Great for /  Work

 

9 / Stylish Updo for Locs, Twists and Braids 

Description / This is a cute and simple protective hairstyle that can be done on locs, twists, and braids

Hair Length / Short/Medium

Tools / Brush + bobby pins

Great for /  Work/Evening out

 

10/ High Pompadour with Style

Description / A simple but stylish hairstyle with a difference.  Roll, tuck, and pin the back of your hair to the crown. Take small sections of the front of your hair and create 3 two strand twists. Then lightly twist the hair and pin up until desired shape is achieved. 

Tools / Wide tooth comb + bobby pins

Hair Length / Medium/Long

Great for /  Evening out/Partying

 

What have you been doing to protect your hair this autumn? Share your comments below.

Product Review / Cantu Argan Oil & Shea Butter


Product / Cantu  

Details / Argan Oil Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream & Shea Butter Curl Activator Cream

Price / £5.99 / £5.49 each

Where to Buy / Beauty By Zara

I tend to come across Cantu products quite often on blogs, social network sites and in hair shops. So when the opportunity to review these two products was presented I couldn’t say no.

See my full review HERE.