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DIY Hair Detox

Ladies and gents, mortgage and rents, sometimes when I shampoo my hair, I just feel like it’s doing nothing but sucking out my hair’s moisture. Also, when I wring my hair (like clothes) I see some white substance come out of my hair. When I told my step-mom, she said it was just left-over product. That made a whole lot of sense to me. Mainly because my hair is low porosity hair which is very prone to product build-up. She told me to dip my hair in hot water for a few minutes. It did the job, but my neck wasn’t pleased with the bending. Thanks to the internet, I later found out about the powers of activated charcoal. Basically what it does is remove impurities from whatever are you put it. Most Youtube videos about activated charcoal are about pulling out blackheads and whiteheads. Since I didn’t see any videos on how to use it on hair, I decided to experiment.

For those who actually read that long paragraph, Great :)hout further adieu (couldn’t spell the word, thanks Google) here’s my recipe:

Any amount of:

Aloe vera gel

Apple Cider Vinegar (not too much though)

and 4 capsules of activated charcoal

MHM testimony: lovemycoils of BHM. product free hair post clay, side view, wash 5 or 7. #maxhydrationmethod:

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High Porosity Hair

You know what? Since I’m on holiday, why not make 2 posts today?You can check out the first one here. Anyways, High Porosity hair.

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No offense to this group, but ya’ll make me grateful for my low porosity hair.

Here’s the 411 on H.P hair. If your hair is categorized as ‘High Porosity’, it means your hair absorbs moisture very easily because your cuticle is raised (Kinda like that overly friendly friend you have that welcomes everything). It is possible to absorb too much moisture (aka moisture overload) and all that moisture can leave as fast as it came. This is usually a sign of highly dry or damaged hair that breaks off and sheds very frequently.

Characteristics:

  •  Curls easily absorb water, however, it requires more products.
  • Curls often look and feel dry.
  •  Curls are often frizzy.
  •  Curls dry quickly.

How to tame yo thang:

  • Protein Treatments- Long story short, the protein closes up some of those pores in the hair to help retain moisture. Once a month should be okay.
  • Deep Condition after every wash- Why? ’cause your hair’s losing moisture.
  • Sealing with butters/oils and heavier products with natural butters/oils-These are the like the prison wardens for your hair: they make sure no one escapes.
  • Rinsing With good ole Apple Cider Vinegar-  ACV will help flatten the cuticle and seal in the moisture.
  • Anti-humectants-  Besides heavier products,  you want to also use anti humectants in your hair (especially if you live in a very humid climate). Aloe Vera gel/ juice will become your bestie. Check for products that have Aloe in them to serve as anti humectants when you step out to sho yo fro!

 

That’s all folks. Next stop: normal Porosity Hair

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Low Porosity Hair

Low porosity hair has a cuticle layer that lays flat and is tightly bound, making it difficult for moisture (or basically anything) to enter the hair shaft.

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Because of this, people with low porosity hair feel like their hair is coarse, but that’s not it my darlings; it’s just that the hair is taking forever to absorb all that good stuff. To combat this, I just cover my hair with a plastic bag (those with big hair know that there aint no hair cap on Earth to contain the lion). I keep this on for about 45 minutes to allow the heat to open up the hair shaft to let the treatment in.

Low porosity hair is also prone to product build-up because the hair won’t absorb the product. (#Mylife). It’s recommended to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all that gunk.

Extra Tips/Facts 

  • Choose lighter, liquid-based products such as hair milks that won’t sit on your hair and leave it oily or greasy.
  • Low porosity hair prefers moisturizers rich in emollients such as jojoba oil and humectant products, which attract and hold moisture to your hair such as collagen.
  • Don’t use leave-in-conditioners too often.(All that protein in the bottle can stiffen your hair)

Wanna know your hair’s porosity? Try Shea Moisture.com

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Hair Challenge

Hey yall! I’ll be doing a hair challenge beginning Sept. 1, 2016. In this challenge, I won’t be using a comb for 6 months! Also during this period I will be washing my hair less (maybe twice every four weeks).

Come on board the challenge train if you’d like and share your results.

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Acai

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A berry from palms from Brazil that is considered by some to be the most nutritious food from the Amazon, containing proteins, amino acids, and anti-oxidants. It is also promoted as an anti-aging product, so it appears in many skin care and hair care products

 

 

Posted in Curl Tips, DIY Hair Moisturizers

Porosity 101

Hey Chicas! Here’s another natural hair lesson. I will be posting a few blogs about porosity.I used to think that as long as the product says “MOISTURIZING”, I should buy it. Turns out that’s not the case.Knowing about porosity will help you properly moisturize your hair and make better shopping practices regarding your natural hair. This summer, the sun is beaming with a vengeance here in Jamaica, and you know what that means, moisture loss. This means you’ll have to moisturize your hair to prevent dry hair.But by knowing your hair porosity, you will be able to know what will and will not work for yo hair.><

What is hair porosity?

Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture. For the most part, hair porosity is genetic, however, external factors such as heat usage, climate etc. can alter your hair’s porosity.Hair porosity can be low, medium or high.

How to know what type of porosity you have

  1. Take the quiz at Shea Moisture.com.
  2. The Slip’n’Slide Test: Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (toward the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, this means that your cuticle is lifted and that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair.
  3. The Float Test: Take a couple of strands of hair from your comb or brush and drop them into a bowl of water. Let them sit for 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity. If it sinks, you have high porosity.

I recommend doing these tests when your hair is clean and free of any product. When doing the float test, use room temperature water. Cold water closes hair cuticles and warm water opens them. Follow these tips to avoid misleading results.

Types of Hair Porosity

Forgive me for my preschool like drawing 😀

Low

Low porosityWith low porosity hair, the cuticle layer is tightly bound with overlapping scales that lay flat. It repels moisture when you try to wet it and is hard to process since it resists penetration of well, almost everything.Low porosity hair is also prone to build-up which can leave it feeling stiff and straw-like.

This hair type is extremely picky and protective of itself. It prefers moisturizers rich in emollients such as jojoba oil humectant products, which attract and hold moisture to your hair such as collagen. Choose lighter, liquid-based products such as hair milks that won’t sit on your hair and leave it oily or greasy.

Medium

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With medium porosity hair, the cuticles are half opened and half closed. They allow just the right amount of product into the hair,requires the least maintenance and can be styled with predictable results (lucky people). However it has its needs just like any hair.

Occasional deep conditioning treatments with protein conditioners can benefit medium porosity hair, but proteins should not be included in your daily regimen.

High 

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High porosity hair has cuticles that are very open. It can be caused from genetics or heat damage.It welcomes products very easily which can result in frizzy hair.Because highly porous hair can also lose moisture easily, it’s important to use leave-ins, conditioners, moisturizers and sealers. Layering these products will help your hair hold on to the moisture you’re giving it.A hair butter can be used to fill the gaps in the hair and prevent it from losing too much moisture.

Well, that’s it for today. For my next post, I’ll go more in depth about low porosity hair and how you can care for it. Ciao now!

Posted in DIY Hair Moisturizers, Hair Growth, Reviews

Blackstrap Molasses Deep Conditioning Treatment

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Sorry I’m late guys! For the last two weeks I was doing exams and for the weeks before that I was studying for them. But now, it’s summer!

Those exam preparations really took a toll on my hair. I was stressed, I wasn’t eating right and I had irregular sleeping patterns. I tried my best however to keep hydrated and drank as much water as I could. Also I only washed my hair once during that period and did a less than five minute conditioning treatment. I promised myself and my hair that I would treat it as soon as I got on break.

Below is a list of the ingredients I used and their purposes. Remember that this recipe is not limited to these ingredients. I just used whatever I could find in the kitchen that would help my hair. Use what you have and what works for you

1.Black strap Molasses

This dark, nutrient-dense natural sweetener  is a good source of minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium as well as copper and other trace nutrients. Though there isn’t a lot of scientific research on why molasses is so beneficial for hair, there are thousands of reviews stating that it keep grays at bay, makes hair strong like Iron man  (okay, maybe not that strong), gives hair shine etc.

2. Honey

Honey’s benefits for hair is more than likely not a new topic for you.If you have dry or damaged hair, honey can help. A natural humectant, honey attracts moisture. It’s also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles that house the live part of hair, encouraging hair growth. Honey is also an antibacterial and antiseptic hair softer that can help prevent shedding and scalp issues like psoriasis etc.

3.Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is a natural substance that has moisturizing and hydrating properties. It can be used in weekly hot oil treatments to add moisture to damaged or dry hair. The nutrients, such as carbohydrates, protein, manganese & vitamin K, and lipids in the oil helps it absorb better into the hair for treatments. There is a high vitamin E content in soybean oil so it will fight off free radicals while also being a helpful antioxidant for the scalp. This non-greasy oil is great for sealing your hair and ends and for usage as a base oil for essential oils. Soybean oil is great as a hot oil treatment, pre-poo , and adding to conditioners. Simply warm up 1/3 cup of soybean oil and apply to hair and scalp evenly. To use as an oil rinse, cover with a plastic cap, leave in for 30 min., and then rinse out with warm water.

4. Mayonnaise 

Soften straw hair and tame wild frizzy curls with mayonnaise! It seals moisture into dry hair cells, thereby hydrating hair and making it more manageable. The egg content and oils strengthen the hair shaft and gives it a glossy look. It also protects the hair from UV rays, the harmful effects of styling products as well as adding strength, structure and shine to hair. THAT’S A LOT OF STUFF!

If you want. you can add in other ingredients such as your conditioner or some other oils.

P.S.: I’M NOT A PROFESSIONAL. I’M JUST A TEENAGE GIRL WHO DID SOME RESEARCH TO HELP YOU AND MYSELF. DON’T USE THESE OR ANY ITEMS IF YOU HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS ALLERGIES!

I applied this treatment to my entire head after shampooing. I recently bought a shampoo brush to make this process more effective. I applied it to tiny sections and put my hair in mini twists at the same time. I was unable to steam my hair afterwards because my mom immediately called me and said we’re going on a beach trip. I went on that trip with my molasses scented hair. My biggest concern was that flies would come after me. EEWW!

My results after washing it out was shiny, strong and bouncy hair. Sorry I don’t have any pics.

Anyways, thanks for reading. Share if you smiled at least once or if you found this helpful.

Posted in Curl Tips

My Wash Day Routine

Saturday is a holy day for me. Yes, day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It literally takes me the entire day just to take care of Lisa ( my hair ) properly.

Steps:

  1. Divide my hair in 2 to 4 sections
  2. Get hair soaking wet
  3. Squirt ACV and water mixture ( 2:1 ) on the scalp per section
  4. Massage on scalp for 30 seconds
  5. Rinse it out
  6. Deep Condition for at least half an hour
  7. Do LOC Method when styling my hair

UHUH!!!!!!!! This Takes an entire day but it’s worth it.

For deep conditioning, I may use a homemade or store bought deep conditioner. Also, I’m improvising with products for my LOC Method . The products I’m currently using are …….

Liquid : Water or Dr. Miracles Leave In Conditioner

Oil : Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil with Ginseng

Cream :TAHA African Shea Butter

My hair feels moisturized when I use these products which is my aim. Find products and a routine that works for you. Leave a comment about products that work for you so I can try them out.

Tootles!

 

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My Review on Softsheen Carson Optimum Amla Legend Body Filler Hair Wash and Softsheen Carson Optimum Amla Hair Cream Conditioner

Hi y’all, how you doing? Here’s a review on the Softsheen Carson Optimum Amla Legend Body Filler Hair Wash and the Softsheen Carson Optimum Amla Hair Cream Conditioner.

These products were recommend to me by a hair specialist who showed up at my school’s Girl’s Day and I decided to use them.

Firstly, I soaked my sectioned hair with water from the shower. I then applied the yellow Softsheen Carson Optimum Amla Legend Body Filler Hair Wash. The aroma almost made me faint. This is literally the best smelling shampoo I’ve ever used. However, I’m gonna buy the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Kit. Their shampoo might knock Optimum Amla Legend Body Filler Hair Wash of its throne.

Anyway, back to the review. I applied the shampoo to my scalp in small amounts because it contains sulfates. It gave my hair the “clean but not stripped” feeling plus the amazing scent.

After the rinse, I applied the Optimum Amla Hair Cream Conditioner using praying hands.The smell wasn’t as good as the shampoo’s but I still loved it. I left it in for 3-5 minutes as instructed and my results were soft, defined and moisturized curls.

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Depending on where you’re from, this might not come cheap but I still recommend this product to anyone who is debating with her/his self about whether or not they should buy it.

P.S- this review was in no way payed for by the Softsheen Carson company.

Ciao now!