Tag Archives: Growth

Natural Hair & Tea Rinses

TeaRinseAre you looking for soft hair? Tea Rinse! Gentle Detangler? Tea Rinse! Hair that has a beautiful sheen? Tea Rinse! Moisturized Hair? Tea Rinse!  Reduced Shedding? Tea Rinse!

The question is, why aren’t you using tea rinses? Every DIY natural should, at the very least, be treating herself to a tea rinse. I have also incorporated these herbal infused teas as my base for my liquid leave when I moisturize my hair, using the L.O.C Method.

It’s very easy to incorporate tea rinses into your regimen, and can be used on natural, relaxed, or transitioning hair.

2 Years Post Relaxer, 3 Months Post BC: Texture Shots!

It’s been nearly 3 months since I’ve done my BC and  I thought I’d share some texture shots! Since my BC, I’ve learned a lot about what my natural hair will and won’t do; her likes and dislikes. I’ve learned that I have low porosity, high density and elasticity natural hair. Knowing about the porosity alone helped me determine which types of products and moisture methods would (or wouldn’t) work for me. Check out my post on determining porosity, density, and elasticity.

Enjoy the hair porn!

Have you been keeping track of your hair journey? 

Protective Styling in Hawaii

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Hawaii has been everything to my hair. Her climate ensures my hair never loses moisture, thus she stays soft all the time. I’ve been here since Monday and today was the first time I’ve re-moisturized my hair!

Uh-Mazing!

To achieve this style I started by re-moisturizing my hair. To re-moisturize I:

  1. Use a liquid to lightly spritz my hair: Aloe Vera Juice, Infusium 23, Water, and Giovanni Direct Leave-In
  2. Shea Butter Mix: Shea Butter, Castor, Coconut, & Olive Oils, and essential oils for fragrance

Infused Amla Herbal Oil Recipe

Hey Curls!

This year, I will continue my cycle of trying to use the most natural products possible, made right in my kitchen. As you all know, I love Amla oil and use it weekly for my pre-poo oil washes. I have had great success with it and have reaped the benefits since I’ve been actively using it. Today I was researching to see if there were any pure amla oil brands, as most of them are mineral or coconut (and in some cases sesame) oil based. I found that there is no pure amla oil, but the amla nut is infused into carrier oils, such as coconut, olive, caster, sesame oils, etc.  Oil infusions are great because you can get the benefits of spices and herbs by applying the oil to your hair! I found a good recipe, which combines Ayurvedic powders, dried herbs, and oils to create the ultimate conditioning oil! I will tweek this base recipe to fit my personal needs. Here is what Birraj of the Long Hair Care Community Forum used in the original recipe:

Natural Hair Essentials: Olive Oil

In our last ‘Natural Hair Essentials’ segment, I discussed Castor Oil. This week, I will be highlighting the wonders of Olive oil for the hair.

Prior to deciding to go natural, the only experience I’d had with Olive oil and hair was the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Sheen Spray. When I was relaxed, I used to spray it onto my scalp, as opposed to greasing my scalp, as well as sprayed to add sheen to my hair.   At 15 months into my transition, I incorporate Olive Oil into most every product I use.  Olive oil is a versatile product that can be used in cooking as well as skin and hair care maintenance.

Best Foods for Hair Growth

As hair is primarily made up of protein, you can understand the importance of consuming protein rich foods in making hair grow fast naturally.

Some such protein rich foods for hair growth are:

Soy products, Beans (try chickpeas or lima beans), Eggs, fish (salmon), milk (soy milk), cheese, yogurt, whole grains, seeds and nuts.

Adding herbs such as parsley, oregano, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, basil, sage etc is also beneficial for hair.

Dark green vegetables such as Swiss chard and kale are rich sources of iron that assists in hair growth by carrying oxygen to hair.