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How To Make An Ayurvedic Leave-In For Healthy Hair

Ayurvedic powders have been used for centuries to help maintain healthy hair. When using these powders and/or herbs figuring out the best way to incorporate them into your regimen can be a challenge. Some make the herbs into a paste and use it as a deep conditioner, some add the herbs to shampoos or make them into teas and use them as a rinse. Today we're doing to make a spray leave-in conditioner infused with ayurvedic herbs! I was reading (can't find it now, oddly enough) that when using herbs and powders on your hair, in order to get the full benefit, they need to left on the hair for long periods of time or used in leave-in conditioners; any other way and you're simply washing the benefits of the herbs down the drain. You can use oils such as coconut and olive or you can use water.Whatever you use, you want it to be something that will penetrate the hair shaft. What you'll need: A clean sauce pan rubber band coffee filter (you can use a heat seal-able tea

What's up with natural hair ladies using natural hair care products?

I was watching a YouTube video and the Vlogger was going a review of a natural hair care company and while she was describing the company she said "So this is great for all you naturals who are into natural products." and she had a little smirk on her face when she said it. She wasn't/isn't the first vlogger/blogger to refer to a natural hair woman liking natural hair products this way. I think a lot of people just don't know much about natural products and how beneficial they are to our hair and bodies. Although, this should be basic science like knowing fruits and veggies are healthy...but, I digress. Just to be clear, when I say natural hair care products, I am speaking of natural ingredients, not so much natural hair companies. Are natural products better for your hair? Anything from the earth is better than anything synthetic or man-made. Hands down. The vitamins and minerals from the earth will always surpass man-made medicine. This is scientifically p

DIY Natural Hair Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning is optional and the need for it varies depending on how often you manipulate and handle your natural hair. If you use heat frequently, deep conditioning your often may be the key to maintaining healthy hair without heat damage. Also, if you protective style often using styles that don't allow you to fully moisturize your hair. This is especially true for those that use synthetic hair or weaves in their protective styles. Now, what exactly is deep conditioning? Deep conditioning is when you apply a rinse out product or products to your hair that will penetrate the hair shaft and give your hair a boost of moisture or much needed protein. Think of it as a "red bull" for your hair. These treatments give your hair extra minerals and nutrients to help your hair remain strong. These treatments as I said are especially important for those who put a lot of stress on their tresses. Here is a DIY Natural Hair Deep Conditioner Recipe, I use and you can try i

How To Make Whipped Shea Butter

Making Whipped Shea Butter isn't always as easy as 1,2,3. To understand how to formulate your own recipes, you need to decide how your are going to be using the Whipped Shea Butter. You will also need to have a basic understanding of how certain carrier oils work. Whipped Shea Butters, are mainly heavy body cremes that you can use to moisturize your skin or hair. Since, most Whipped Shea Butters, do not contain water, there is no need for a preservative. If you add water, extracts or any juices such as Aloe Vera Juice, you need to use a synthetic preservative in your mix. Now, on to choosing the oils for our mix! You may be thinking, why add any oil at all? Can't you just whip the shea butter alone? You can use shea butter alone but, keep in mind that most authentic shea butters, don't provide much shine and don't have much glide. I relate it to the feeling of beeswax, without the waxy coating. Adding carrier oils help make applying the shea butter easier and a

To shampoo or not? How often? And with what?

Shampoo. This one word has caused so much controversy within the natural haircare community. Sulfates? Silicones? Soap? Suds? What does all/ of this have to do with shampooing and achieving a clean scalp and sleek hair? First, we'll talk about sulfates. What are sulfates? More precisely, what is sodium laureth (or lauryl) sulfate? It is a detergent. This ingredient is found in shampoos, soaps, bubble bath and even washing detergent. It is used to cleanse and also for it's foaming capabilities (more bubbles or suds). For many this ingredient is very irritating to the scalp and can cause dry scalp and dandruff. How true that is depends on the person... Is it ever okay to use a shampoo containing sulfates? Yes. Sulfates aren't all bad. The cause of irritation for many is due to the fact that sulfates tend to strip the hair and skin of it's natural oils. When this soap cleans, it cleans a bit too well (or harsh). There are actually times when a sulfate shampoo ma

Add honey to your haircare regimen

Honey, which is readily available in most grocery stores, is very beneficial to hair. Learn how to get shine, moisture and reduce frizz with a simple honey rinse. You will see the difference in your hair after the first wash with this amazing humectant. I have very curly hair which is prone to frizz. It can be hard to retain moisture and keep my curls looking lively. Honey is helpful because it is a humectant. A humectant is a substance that attracts and holds moisture from the air or environment. This is especially beneficial when used in hair care to add moisture to dry, thirsty strands. The best ways to use honey is as a deep condition or a rinse. You can use honey alone as a gel substitute but, for some this results in dry, sticky hair due to the lack of water present. How to use honey as a quick conditioner rinse: 1. Section your hair into 2-4 sections. You can do more sections if needed; this depends on the length and thickness of your hair. 2. In the shower or under a

Being An Educated Consumer - Reading Product Labels

When many of us decided to take better hair of our natural hair, we began looking to use products that were more beneficial for our hair and also our bodies. Many natural hair and skin companies know that a lot of women and men are making the switch to healthier lifestyles and are marketing their natural products accordingly. So, what does this mean for us? It means we have to be careful and watch out for some terms that are used only for "label appeal". Lots of companies use terms and ingredients that could be leading you to pay more than you should for some products or purchasing products looking for results that aren't possible to achieve. We are going to break down some of these terms and go over "label appeal" to help you all make better decisions when purchasing products. 1. "Hair Growth Serum" - Any product claiming to "grow" your hair that you do not take internally, is lying to you. There is nothing you can put "on&quo