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

Product Review / Lush Roots & Retread


After receiving some lovely goodies from Lush, I decided to review their Roots Hair Treatment and Retread Hair Conditioner. I was also preparing my hair for colour that week and I read that It helps to avoid products that contain dimethicone, as it may inhibit penetration of the hair dye. Thankfully non of these products contain this ingredient. 

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1 / Root Hair Treatment

Product / Lush - Roots Hair Treatment

Price / £9.95 

Size / 225g

Rating / 8 out 10

Where to Buy / https://www.lush.co.uk/products/roots

About / The root to great hair starts at the scalp: we've used mint in three different ways to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles. We follow this up with conditioning and strengthening extra virgin olive oil, honey, and balancing nettle. The delicate, cheering perfume comes from a blend of neroli, grapefruit, and sweet orange oil. Apply to dry hair, starting at the roots. Massage into the scalp and leave for 20 minutes.

My Thoughts

I love that all Lush products come with a witty, poetic description. "Thine be the glory - Don't despair, we've got a treatment for thin and fine hair". I have fine hair, so with a description like that you can't go wrong.

Smell & Texture

On opening the tub, you can instantly smell the fresh mint leaves, which is great. It's also light and refreshing so it gets two thumbs up from me.

It has a thick consistency, rather like a typical deep conditioner, which is exactly how I like my hair treatments.

Application

As instructed I divided my hair into sections, 4 sections to be precise and then applied the treatment. I used a generous amount to ensure that my hair and scalp had full coverage. I then massaged my scalp for roughly 10 minutes (instructions state 15-20mins) as I got distracted, but I left it on my hair for a total of 25 minutes.

Results

Within minutes I could feel the product going to work. My scalp was tingling from the fresh mint and I was loving it. I could see and feel that my hair had absorbed the product really well as my hair felt really coated and the product seemed to make my hair feel thicker.

Rinsing out the product was a breeze and I loved that fact that my hair felt super soft and really moisturised. I could instantly feel the difference, even after I shampooed, so I'll most definitely be using this product again.

What would I do differently?

Stimulating the scalp is so important for hair growth and overall healthy hair, so for next time i'll be giving myself a scalp massage for at least 15 minutes. I may also leave the treatment on my hair for a little while longer. No harm in ensuring that I get full benefits from these wonderful natural ingredients.

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2 / Retread Hair Conditioner

Product / Lush - Retread Hair Conditioner

Price / £10.25

Size / 225g

Rating / 3 out 10

Where to Buy / https://www.lush.co.uk/products/retread

About / Retread helps to mend the outer shaft of the hair cuticle by coating and strengthening the hair with oils, fresh fruit and yoghurt. Just use a generous scoop of this heavyweight conditioner and let it get to work. We use jojoba oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin olive oil to add moisture and shine. Fresh cantaloupe melon is in there for its cleansing enzymes, and yoghurt and soya milk for protein and to add extra shine.

My Thoughts

"A heavier weight conditioner that is there for you in times of trouble. Put a plentiful coating on the hair and let it go about its work". Conditioners are great for adding in moisture and revitalising dry/thirsty hair. So I was excited to try this stuff in preparation for my change in hair colour.

Smell & Texture

Guys, i'm not loving the smell of this product, one bit. It has an unusual, woody, old tea bag type smell which is too strong for me. Thankfully it didn't linger on my hair once I rinsed out.

The texture is pretty much like your average hair conditioner. It has a runny/watery consistency which is also similar to yoghurt. 

Application

After shampooing I applied two handfuls of the conditioner to my hair, concentrating on the ends as they tend to get really dry. I then rinsed out the product with warm water, which was easy as the product is really light.

Results

I expected so much more from this heavy weight conditioner. My hair didn't feel as moisturised as I assumed it would be, detangling wasn't made any easier and I didn't get the wow factor I was looking for. Maybe i'm expecting too much too soon, as it does state that this product. '...helps to mend the outer shaft of the hair cuticle by coating and strengthening the hair with oils...'. So maybe i'll see better results in the future.

What would I do differently?

Unsure if i'll be using this product anytime soon. But if/when i do, i'll be mixing it with another conditioner as it contains some great natural ingredients which my hair can benefit from. 

Have you tried Lush's Roots Hair Treatment and Retread Hair Conditioner? Share your thought's in the comments box below.

Lush Natural Hair Event


On Thursday 21st August Lush hosted a Natural Hair VIP event for Women of Colour at their Regent Street store. The aim of the event was to inform girls with curls of all the products that are available from the brand.

I was fortunate enough to be invited, along with other UK based natural hair bloggers and It was great to see all the wonderful products that Lush had to offer for natural hair.

Hair products 

Room full of UK based natural hair bloggers

Employee at Lush, Regent Street. Amazing colour and style.

Beautifully styled locs

Naturalist Shereen of Natural Notions by Shez with her sassy TWA

On the evening they had the lovely Wendy Millington treating some of the ladies to hair treatments. Monique their in-house hairdresser was available for styling using some of Lush's products. Unfortunately my hair was in braids, so i totally missed out :-(

Wendy Millington applying a hair treatment

Monique -  Lush's in-house hair stylist.

Lorene Rhoomes of Akhu Designs was also present and styled the ladies with beautiful african style head wraps. And lets not forget the talented Harriet of Harriet Parry Flowers who showed us her superb flower arranging skills.

Akhu Designs - Head wraps

Harriet Parry Flowers - Hair flowers

Head wrap styled by Akhu Designs and flowers provided by Harriet Parry Flowers

Food and drinks were available throughout the evening and I took a particular interest in the rum punch. It was good ladies :-)

Lovely cocktails, fresh fruit juices and food.

I was also lucky enough to go home with lovely gold eye shadow (thanks to the make up artist) and a goody bag containing a great selection of their natural products. 

  • Roots / Hair Treatment 
  • R&B / Hair Moisturiser 
  • Trichomania / Solid shampoo
  • Jungle / Solid conditioner
  • Zest / Hair Gelly
  • Cream Eyeshadow / Happiness 

I've tried Lush's Roots Hair Treatment and R&B Hair Moisturiser, so be sure to look out my reviews which are coming soon.

I hope you enjoyed.

Mo

Live Life. Love Plenty. Laugh Hard.

xx


Have you tried any Lush products on your natural hair? Share your thoughts below.

10 Natural Hair Tips For The Summer


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The UK is finally heating up, so now it's time for some outdoor activities and fun. Whoop whoop!

Here are some handy natural hair tips for the summer, which will help to keep your hair beautiful, reduce frizz and avoid damage all while protecting it from the sun, heat, salt and chlorine.

  1. Moisturise Moisture Moisturise
  2. Spritz and seal
  3. Wear protective styles
  4. Clarify hair and scalp
  5. Use a leave-In conditioner
  6. Oil protection
  7. Don't forget to deep condition
  8. Wear a hat
  9. Avoid heat
  10. Hair detox

 

Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise

When it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturising enough. Your moisturising routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! And water equals moisture. 

Our bodies contain from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size. To function properly, the body requires between one and seven litres of water per day to avoid dehydration; the precise amount depends on the level of activity, temperature, humidity, and other factors.

Water is good internally and externally for hair. Internally a well-hydrated body means that there is sufficient moisture for hair function, externally it means that the hair can maintain elasticity and suppleness. 

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Spritz and Seal

Spritz and seal is a great way to moisturise daily and to prevent breakage.  A moisturising spritz that consist of water, aloe vera juice/gel, and a penetrative oil such as olive oil, avocado oil land/or argan oil will keep dry hair hydrated.

Moisture can easily escape if not sealed in with a natural sealant. Heavy oils such as jojoba, castor or almond oil, or even thick butters like shea butter are great natural sealants. Shea butter is also rich in SPF which protects your hair from UV rays.

You may have to experiment with different hairstyles that give you the freedom to moisturise without frizz or minimal shrinkage (if that bothers you). Twisted or braided styles are usually perfect for that.

Try my Homemade Moisturising Spritz For Dry Hair.

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Wear protective styles

Braids, buns, cornrows, up-dos, twists – all of these styles not only keep your hair off your face or your neck, but also protect your delicate ends. Keeping those ends protected prevents excessive dryness and breakage, so not only will your hair grow, you'll retain that length.

Whether you’ll be protective styling throughout the summer or just a few times this season, check out these styles for inspiration:

Up-do / Pompadour

High Puff (great for transitioning/short hair )

2 Sided Braids/Cornrows

Box Braids

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Clarify hair and scalp

With the temperature hotting up you’ll probably find yourself sweating more in the sun, at the gym and on your scalp. This will be the time to start cleansing your hair more frequently to remove the sweat and dirt build-up. To avoid spending money on new product, a mid-week apple cider vinegar rinse is sufficient to gently remove scalp build-up. Just be sure to use your fingertips (not your nails!) to massage the scalp and clarify.

Try my Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanser.

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Use a Leave-In Conditioner

After being exposed to the heat and sun, always replenish moisture in your hair by applying a hydrating leave-in conditioner that softens, promotes manageability and shine, while reducing frizz. Giovanni Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector are two of my favourites.

Since there tends to be more humidity in the air, products with glycerin or other humectants are great during this time of year as a leave-in. Also, be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment at least every two weeks to rejuvenate your locks.

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Oil Protection

While on the beach put a barrier between your hair and the sun’s damaging rays, which may fade colour and leave tresses feeling like straw. Oils seal in moisture and provide high-gloss shine, so ensure that you apply an oil-based treatment or create your own oils mix. 

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Don't forget to deep condition

I currently use Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque and Sof n' Free Nothing But Intense Healing Mask, which intensely moisturises, aids in reducing breakage and supports healthy hair growth.

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.

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Wear a hat

Rock a sun hat to keep hair and skin shielded from bright UV rays, as well as protecting colour and moisture. This is also a great time to get stylish and sport a colourful scarf /turban on your hair. 

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Avoid heat

The sun is already putting too much heat on your hair, so avoid the additional heat as much as you can. Reduce the use of blow dryers and try to air-dry your hair overnight. Avoid using curling irons and straighteners as they can stress your hair and cause breakage.

Check out these examples of how to stretch your natural hair without using heat HERE

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Hair Detox

After swimming in a pool or the ocean, be sure to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo or use one of my favourite natural hair cleansers, apple cider vinegar. Both will help to remove chlorine or salt, which can cause dryness and damage, leaving it brittle and fading colour. Plus these will gently wash away product buildup for healthier tresses.

 

What have you been doing to protect your hair in the summer?

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Need Help With Transitioning to Natural?


My natural hair journey hasn't been easy but I have no regrets. Now that I've chopped the relaxed ends off my hair (blog post coming soon), it feels great to have made it through to the other end.

I thank god for my family, friends and the Internet, because my transition from relaxed hair to natural hair would have been a complete and utter nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments where I want to just wrap my hair and jump into bed. But having the freedom of working with my own hair and getting to a place where my hair is healthy and wasn't dependant on the white, creamy, addictive stuff. Was waaaaay more important to me. 

I often get asked the following questions...

  • What did I do with my hair whilst I was transitioning?
  • How did I deal with two textures?
  • How did I combat breakage/shredding?
  • What styles did I use?
  • What products work best for transitioning hair?

So I thought I’d create this post for all those lovely ladies who are losing hope and need to be reminded that getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.

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KEEPING YOUR HAIR HEALTHY

Keep your hair hydrated

The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to damage and dryness. Do what you can to keep your hair hydrated by drinking lots of water. It's also important that you keep your hair moisturised by using a moisturiser/leave-in conditioner on a daily basis. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line (the point where your new growth (natural hair) and relaxed hair meet). 

Before washing your hair, try a pre-poo this will help to keep moisture locked into your hair. 

Mo's leave conditioner: Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner Weightless Moisture Conditioner and Teresa Angelina Leave-In Protector

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Use a deep conditioner regularly

Deep conditioning treatments take adding moisture to a new level. Although they are typically only used once a month or so, transitioning hair needs extra conditioning and can handle the treatments more frequently. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment from your local beauty supply store, and apply it to your hair once a week. Alternately, you can also choose to visit a salon and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.

A great alternative to a deep conditioner is mayonnaise. Although this may sound a bit crazy and unappealing, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
 

Mo's deep conditioner:

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Stay away from heat

In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow dryers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the demarcation line. 

If you absolutely must use hot tools, limit there use to only one day a week at most. It's also important that you use a heat protector before applying any form heat in order to avoid heat damage. Please remember that healthy hair should always be your ultimate goal.

Mo's heat protector: ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum

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Give yourself a hot oil massage

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Waiting for your hair to grow out is often the most frustrating part of the growing-process. Rather than waiting idly by, you can promote new hair growth by giving yourself frequent scalp massages. Use a bit of oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, etc.) warmed slightly to massage your scalp. This will stimulate the hair follicles and help the strands to grow a bit faster. Hot oil massages can be done as frequently as you would like, but should be done at least once a week for the best results.

Mo's hot oil treatment: How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

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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 speed up hair growth and strengthen your hair extra fast. Some doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal - supplements specifically used for hair and nail growth - to increase the speed at which your hair is growing. Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D, B and A will help your hair out as well.

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Purchase new hair products. 

As it turns out, not all hair products are created equally. With a huge variety on the market, it can be difficult to find products that will work with your hair and your wallet. When transitioning your hair, it is vital to get transition-friendly hair supplies. Look for sulphate-free conditioning shampoos, as well as other hair treatments advertised specifically for use in transitioning or dry and damaged hair. Although these won’t necessarily change the appearance of your hair, they will work hard to prevent further damage and reverse current damage in your hair.

Mo's favourite products: 

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Avoid adding chemicals to your hair.

Try and 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.

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How to keep relaxed ends moisturised

Cleanse your hair at least once a week. If your hair tends to be dry, co-wash (wash with conditioner or co-wash product alone) instead of using a shampoo. When you shampoo, use a sulfate-free product.

Weekly washes help to prevent relaxed hair from becoming too dry. Daily or as needed, apply a water-based moisturiser to your ends then seal the moisture in with a natural oil. Do NOT use hair oil/grease products made with petrolatum/petroleum or mineral oil. These will actually cause or worsen hair dryness and breakage.

Mo's cowash: As I Am Coconut Cowash

Mo's shampoo: Creme of Natural Argan Oil Moisture and Shine Shampoo 

 

CHANGING YOUR STYLE

Consider the ‘big chop’

It is common for people transitioning their hair to go ahead and do the big chop - that is, cutting off all the relaxed hair, leaving a short amount of new growth near the scalp. This is certainly the best option for creating healthy growth, but not everyone wants to start their journey with short hair. If you’re bold enough to try a new look, the big chop is an excellent choice for immediately getting rid of all your relaxed hair and creating an immediate full transition to natural hair.

Check out these beautiful TWA's (teeny weeny afro) for inspiration...

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Try using braids or twists

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Braids/Twists outs are a great way to add interest to your hair without damaging it. Mastering each style can be tricky, so spend some time finding which works best with your hair and personal stylistic preferences. Try not to do them too tight as to avoid stressing the strands of hair. Your hair is most fragile at the demarcation line, so be particularly gentle when styling it around this point.

Check out these transitioning styles for inspiration: 

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Trim your hair regularly.

Relaxer's are permanent, so whatever parts of your hair that has been in contact with a relaxer will never grow back naturally. Therefore, at some point in time your hair must be cut off to above the demarcation line. If you’re not willing to go for the big chop, the next step is to do regular trims of your hair. Over time you’ll have removed all of the damaged, relaxed hair to above the demarcation line, allowing your natural hair to grow more strongly.

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Avoid dealing with your hair too much.

Although it can be tricky not to, the more you touch and style your hair, the more likely it is to break and become frizzy. Try not to brush your hair too often, and avoid styles that put strain on your scalp. 

I hope this helps ladies. 

xx

 

How are you finding transitioning to natural hair? What advice would you give to some transitioning? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Cleanser


Whether you're a naturalist or transitioning, you've more than likely heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent.

When I first heard about ACV as a hair cleanser, I thought it sounded pretty weird. But as you all know I've used all sorts of ingredients from my kitchen that has done wonders for my hair, so surely this can only do good. After doing some research, I figured it was worth a try, and I'm so glad I did. This stuff leaves my hair super soft, smooth, and very shiny. Plus my scalp is left feeling really clean and healthy.

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). An ACV rinse is great for bringing the pH back to where it's supposed to be after shampooing has increased the pH. 

Benefits

  • Removes product build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that will combat itchy, dry scalp
  • Natural hair loss treatment
  • Home Remedy for head Lice
  • Smooth the hair's cuticle which help to prevent split ends
  • Locks in protein and moisture 

My ACV Cleanser Mix

  • 1 part apple cider vinegar
  • 1 part water

How I Make My ACV Cleanser

  1. Pour 1 part ACV and 1 part water into a water spritz bottle
  2. After shampooing, part your hair into 4 sections. 
  3. Within each section spray the mixture onto hair and scalp. Focussing mainly on your scalp. Make sure you place a towel around your neck so that you don't get too wet.
  4. Then gently massage it into your scalp.
  5. Let the mixture sit for about 3  minutes before rinsing fully with water.
  6. Then condition as usual.

 

Have you tried ACV on your hair? What natural hair cleanser would you recommend?

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How to Make a Hot Oil Treatment for Hair


If your hair is breaking, shredding or feels really dry, you can show it some love by giving it a hot oil treatment.

What’s great about these treatments, is you can use almost any kind of natural oil — it’s really about what you prefer and what works best for your hair.

I like to make my own oil mixture and I tend to use a combination of coconut, JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), olive, jojoba, argan and grapeseed oil.  

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Follow these easy steps...

  1. Put your oil(s) in a heat proof plastic bottle/container or glass container.
  2. Heat up the oil by putting your bottle/container in a pot or tub of hot water for 2 minutes. DO NOT heat the oil in the microwave because it will lose the nutrients.
  3. Test the oil on your wrist before using so you don’t burn yourself.
  4. Section your hair into 4-6 sections to make distribution easier and less messy.
  5. Massage the oil into your scalp for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Cover your hair with a plastic cap to retain heat and moisture.
  7. Keep the oil on your hair for at least 30 minutes. Leave in overnight for better results.
  8. Rinse the oil out of your hair and then use your shampoo or cowash to cleanse.

For added moisture

Wet a towel with warm water and wring it out.  Wrap the warm towel around your head for 20-30 minutes. Alternatively I put a damp towel in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds to warm it up.  Don’t worry if the towel cools off, the process is still working.

For dry scalp and dandruff

Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to your mixture.

Results

Your hair should be noticeably softer, stronger and may even have a more prominent sheen.  If you do this regularly you should get far less breakage than you normally do when shampooing and detangling your hair.

 

Enjoy your healthier hair!

 

Have you tried a hot oil treatment before? What oils do you use for your hot oil treatment? Feel free to comment below...

Hair Talk / Rozanda Fadiora

Roz / Protective style

Roz / Protective style

Tell us your name and where you are from?

Hi my name is Rozanda… (aka RocStar according to Mighty Mo) from the sunny parts of South East London! Currently on maternity leave looking after our gorgeous bambino! 

How long have you been natural?

Difficult question to answer straight so bear with me… All will be revealed!
August 2008 was the last time I had relaxed my hair… Until I was convinced that I needed to texturize (relaxer really) my hairline ONLY for my wedding 2010. So technically  since 2010/11.

Rozanda / Before

Rozanda / Before

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

August 2008 went to my usual hairdresser for a relaxer only to be told she had left and therefore I'd been left in the hands of a stranger! (My sisters and I only ever went to hairdressers based on recommendation i.e. – “good looking hair”) so here I was faced with a predicament I had a major interview for a blue chip company the following morning and my hair was in need of a relaxer (3months old growth). The lady that was scheduled to do my hair said wow you have alot of growth! So she offered me some magazines to read and started. Bit by bit before I knew it she had pulled the relaxer to the ends of my hair! We all know what damage that could do... She basically over-processed and weakened the already relaxed hair. That was it I called my sisters crying my eyes out and said “I ain’t relaxing no more!” I was sick of having to find a good hairdresser that didn’t want to burn the life out of my hair! Sick of the ridiculous prices they wanted to charge etc. Anyway my hair took a bashing but thank God I was not left with bald patches. 

Rozanda / Natural

Rozanda / Natural

What is your hair type/texture?

Oh boy… Hard, thick and very nappy! I think its 4B very tight coils.

Rozanda / Transitioning

Rozanda / Transitioning

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

Hair styling is very basic! It’s usually styled in chunky twist which are either pinned up or let down for one week then the following week I will rock a twist out… which usually last the whole week. However if I have been lazy and slept without tying my hair down I’d have to use Eco Styler and pull it up into a high puff or bun with a pompadour.

Rozanda / Natural

Rozanda / Natural

Describe a typical wash day.

Fortnightly I start on a Thursday night by thoroughly wetting my hair, section, oil with Avocado, Olive and Almond, comb and brush (Denman) into loose large chunky plaits cover with shower cap until Friday night, wash and condition with Karen’s body beautiful. Detangle the sections oil and twist with Shea Moisture curling gel soufflé and use the smoothie on the ends for extra moisture.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle? 

Chunky Twist – So versatile.

Rozanda / Chunky twist

Rozanda / Chunky twist

List your top 5 products

My top 5 favourite products that I use to make up the basis of my own mixtures are: 

  • Karen’s body beautiful Naturally Chic shampoo & Conditioner
  • Shea moisture Curling Souffle
  • Shea moisture Smoothie
  • Almond, Olive & Avocado oil mix
  • Water/Rose Water
Rozanda / Favourite products

Rozanda / Favourite products

Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?

TBH don’t have time these days , just google natural hair… actually I did get some hairstyle inspiration from SimplYounique on YouTube.

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

Go for it…. Don’t be fooled it is a very difficult journey especially if like me all you know is straight hair. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing! There were a few times I wanted to go back but the support I got from my husband really helped! You don’t have to go for the BC although it would help because as a good friend said new year! new hair! – You are reeducating yourself and getting to know your new natural hair. TBH I kinda took the easy option, I kept getting my hair pressed so I still had straight hair until I realised this was just as bad as relaxing, the heat damage your hair sustains cannot be rectified unless it’s chopped off.  Whichever way you decide to go there’s heaps of videos available online from people that have already walked this path.

 

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Homemade / Moisturising Spritz For Dry Hair


Dryness and breakage in natural hair can be a nightmare, but I've found a great way to protect your hair from further dryness and to help prevent breakage. All this can be done my simply spritzing your hair daily with a water base moisturising conditioner made from natural ingredients. And it's so easy to make. Moisturising spritz are ideal for those with fine hair (like myself) and they’re a great way to revive twists that has gotten dry over time. 

What is spritzing? 

Spritzing means to spray your hair with a measured sprayer all over to the point of dampness, NOT soaking wet. The best way to add moisture to your hair is to add water or other water-based additives as it helps to prevent problems with dry natural hair. I know what you must be thinking...You want me to spray water onto my hair? You get the heck out of here. But trust me when i say this stuff really works.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 distilled or rose water (fill your spritz bottle with either ingredients)
  • 1/3 aloe vera juice
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp jojoba oil 
  • 1 tsp olive
  • 1 tbsp or more of glycerine
  • 2/3 drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance (this is optional)

Directions 

Once you've made your mixture, shake well and then lightly spritz your hair every morning and evening or as needed for dryness.

 

TIP: Avoid making huge quantities of your spritz mixture as they have a short shelf life (refrigeration helps to extend the shelf life slightly). Instead get a small sprayer bottle and when you run out, just whip up another batch.

 

How do you keep your hair moisturised?


Source: http://yournaturalhair.com/moisturizing-pr...

Welcome to Mo's World


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Hello people and welcome to my blog. Yey!

My name is Mo and I’m so excited to share my passion for graphic design, natural hair (the kinky, coily, curly kind), fashion (I'm no expert, but I'll be sharing what i love) and life. 

My Blog will be dedicated to things like...my graphic design work and my love for art. I'll be posting my homemade recipes for hair and skin, natural hairstyle inspirations, my addiction to accessories and so much more. I'm also hoping that through my journey I’ll be able to inspire, motivate and encourage others.

Check out My Work, the place where I share my latest portfolio of graphic design work. If you have a graphic design need, let’s have a chat and I'll see what i can do.

So don't be a stranger and make sure you like, follow, join and pin me via the links below. Also feel free to interact with me via my blog, contact me via my Say Hello page and of course share this with friends & family.

Now lets have some fun.

 

Mo

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