Monday, November 10, 2014

Making your own deep conditioners and upgrading your flops



For many it is a challenge to find a great staple deep conditioner. Many naturals are also very conscious of the ingredients they apply to their hair. Making your own conditioners are a great way to control what you apply to your hair. Here are some DIY conditioner recipes for all of you do it yourself naturals. All ingredients are natural and can be found in the grocery store. Take it a step further and purchase only organic versions of these ingredients.

REMEMBER TO BE GENEROUS WHEN APPLYING YOUR DEEP CONDITIONERS

Gives your hair shine, elasticity, smoothness and increased growth!

This is the Coily Queens signature conditioner recipe. This conditioner will leave your hair very soft, tangle free and with a natural gloss.

Coconut cream: This is made from the meat of the coconut so you are getting full benefits from the coconut. Coconut penetrates the hair shaft making your hair stronger, so it is less likely to break. It smooths the hair shaft leaving your hair less likely to frizz. Treats your dry scalp issues and fights fungus growth on the scalp.
Honey:  Honey is an emollient, it softens the hair greatly. It is also an humectant this helps the hair retain moisture. Honey is anti bacterial so it keeps infections from forming on the scalp. Honey strengthens the hair follicles and has been known to reawaken dormant hair follicle. Honey is great for stimulating hair growth.
Avocado oil: penetrate the hair shaft and infuses moisture into your hair strands. Lubricates each hair strand improving its  elasticity. This leaves the hair easy to manipulate. The avocado oil also eliminates frizz thus making your style look way better.

Usage: Massage the entire amount through out your hair strands and scalp thoroughly. Cover with a plastic cap, sit under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes. Rinse out with cool water. This conditioner should be used twice a week to see growth and shine results. Use all ingredients no substitutes.


Raw Honey & Avocado oil

1/3 cup of raw honey + 2 tablespoons of cold pressed avocado oil. This treatment gives you moisture and strength in one application. 

As a deep conditioner: Apply the whole mixture on your hair and scalp, cover with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water to remove the honey. Then rinse with cold water to close your hair cuticle. Rinse under cold water for 2 minutes.
How to use as a hair growth treatment:
Massage the scalp for 5 minutes, then apply the entire mix to your scalp and hair. Do this the night before your shampoo day. Cover with a plastic cap, followed by a knit hat or scarf. Allow mix to sit on hair overnight. The honey will treat any bacteria on the scalp and it will go into your hair roots and stimulate hair growth. Do this twice a week and you will see better hair growth in 40 days.

Mayo & Honey




1/2 cup of mayonaise + 1 tablespoon of honey

Mayo:  Softens your hair greatly. It is not a protein treatment but it does add a little strength to the hair by helping the hairs elasticity.  The mayo will make your natural curls pop like no other conditioner you have every used.
How to use: This is a deep conditioner treatment. Apply all of mix to your hair strands, cover with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water to remove product. Then rinse hair for 2 minutes under cold water to close the hair cuticle. 



For those with oily hair.

1/2 cup of coconut cream concentrate + 1/2 cup of raw honey.

This conditioner is the same as the Coily Queens signature conditioner except the oils have been omitted. This is a half an half conditioner for those with oily hair.
Always use raw pure honey the brown honey is highly processed and will lighten your hair will repeated use. The brown honey will leave your hair soft and still help you to retain moisture but if you do not desire to lighten your hair opt for the raw honey instead. 

Red clay cleanser conditioner
Cleanses and conditions in one step. 
Saves time!
Mix together using plastic or wooden tools in  class or plastic bowl.  First mix 1/2 cup of red clay with 2 tablespoons of water. Mix together until there are no more clumps. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, mix together well.  Mix in 1/4 cup of coconut cream. Stir until you get a smooth consistency. If your mix is to thick add a little more water. You do not want your clay mix to be watery. Red clay can be messy so you want a thick mix but you want it spreadable. 
Usage:  Apply all of mixture to your hair, cover with a silver conditioning cap for 1 hour or more. Rinse with warm water until all of clay has been removed. Take your time and smooth your fingers through your hair under the water to help remove the clay. Once clay is removed rinse hair under cold water for 2 minutes.


Apply a generous amount of the clay conditioner cleanse to your hair. You should use the whole mixture. Your hair will be red from the clay but it does not dye your hair. Apply the clay in sections taking your time, use clips to pin each section up into loose knots.



 If you have excess clay left over apply the mix to your face as a great face masque treatment. If your hair is really long you may have to mix up a second batch. This mix is best prepared right before you use it. You can store any leftover in the fridge, up to 2 weeks.
 
 Cover hair with a silver/gold conditioning cap, let it sit for 1 hour or more. Do not use heat. Rinse out with warm water to remove clay. Then run cold water over your hair for 2 minutes to close the hair cuticle. 

Feel how soft your hair is and how your curls pop!

So your tried a new conditioner only to be less than pleased with its performance. Upgrade a poor conditioner by adding 1 tablespoon of honey to 1/4 cup of conditioner. You can also add 2 tablespoons of clay to 1/2 cup of conditioner. Honey, red clay and bentonite clay are great staples to keep in your hair cabinet. Add them to your stash today!
 
Great value on bentonite and Moroccan red clay here! 

More information on the benefits of cleansing and conditioning with clay here! 


Friday, November 7, 2014

How to deep condition hair


 
CONDITIONING HAIR THE COILY QUEENS WAY

Every time you cleanse your hair you should condition your hair also. It does not always have to be deep conditioning. You can use a quick rinse out conditioner, if your hair is not chemically treated or damaged. If your hair is weak in anyway you need to deep condition your hair every time you cleanse it. 



THE COILY QUEENS REGIMEN CONSISTS OF CLEANSING AND CONDITIONING TWICE A WEEK. THIS CREATES A HEALTHY SCALP SO YOUR HAIR CAN REACH ITS MAXIMUM MONTHLY GROWTH POTENTIAL. 

If you are practicing the Coily Queens Regimen your cleansing and conditioning sessions should take no longer that 1.5 hours. Your hair should be easy to untangle, due to the oil therapy, if  you have been on the regimen for at least 30 days.

A deep conditioner contains some ingredients which can penetrate a few layers below the hair cuticle. These types of conditioners give your strands moisture from the inside and do not only sit on top of your hair and get rinsed down the sink. The effects of deep conditioners last longer than regular conditioners. Most deep conditioners require heat to fully penetrate the hair shaft.




DEEP CONDITIONING YOUR HAIR:

1. Rinse your cleanser out with medium hot water.
2. Apply a generous amount of your deep conditioner to your hair.
    Be sure to fully saturate every hair strand
3. Take a cloth and saturate it with hot water, remove some of the water but not all from the cloth.
4. Place cloth over hair and quickly cover hair with a plastic conditioning cap
5. *Sit under a hooded dryer for 10 to 20 minutes.
6. Rinse out conditioner with warm water.
7. Then allow cold water to run over your hair for 1-2 minutes
8. If applicable you do an apple cider vinegar rinse on this step, if not proceed to next step.
9. While hair is soaking wet apply leave in conditioner.
Towel blot only
10. Once you have blotted the excess water you may need to apply  more leave in conditioner. 
11. Proceed with other style products and styling.

Silver conditioning caps for color

*ALTERNATIVE TO USING A HOODED DRYER
Instead of a clear plastic conditioning cap, purchase the silver or gold plastic self heating caps.
Still use the hot cloth
Walk around or do housework for 40 minutes. (these caps generate heat from your body, the more your move around the better)
Rinse with warm water to remove product.
Then rinse with cold water for 1 to 2 minutes.

DEEP CONDITIONING COLOR TREATED HAIR

DEEP CONDITIONING HAIR THAT IS BREAKING

CONDITIONERS COILY QUEEN APPROVED:
Shea Moisture Anti breakage masque
NubianHeritage growth strengthen treatment masque
As I AM hydration elation  
Alikay Naturals Honey & Sage deep conditioner
Miss Vee's DIY deep conditioner

Alikay Naturals honey & sage deep conditioner, available at Target stores.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Moisturizing color treated hair





 

This regimen works for those with, henna, temporary color, semi permanent color, permanent color or bleached hair.

Before you get any type of hair color please read.
Know what you need to do in order to keep your hair from breaking off as a result of hair dye.
Have a clear understanding before you color your hair. Do not wait until after you have colored your hair to learn to take care of it.

Shea Moisture hair color is receiving raves reviews!


TAKING CARE OF YOUR HAIR AFTER YOU HAVE COLORED IT

Once you color your hair you must immediately change your regimen. Whatever you were doing to keep your hair moisturized you must triple that. Understand this regimen is all about caring for your hair in hopes that it does not break off. This regimen is not about preserving your hair color. You will have to navigate through this regimen if you come across something that dulls your hair color. 




 COLOR TREATED HAIR CARE GUIDE

1. Choose products that are formulated for color treated hair.  This includes your shampoo, conditioners and leave in treatments.

2. To cleanse your hair choose a conditioning cleanser or a co-wash. No sulfates.

3. Your deep conditioners should say moisturizing, for color treated hair, over processed hair on the label.

4. Continue to avoid ingredients which dry the hair out, such as sulfates and bad alcohols.

5. Cleanse your hair twice a week leaving 3 days between washings. Ex. if you shampoo on Monday then you do so again on Friday. 

6. Always deep condition using heat after every cleansing. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under hooded dryer for 20 minutes.

7. Baggy using some leave in conditioner every other night. This is 3 times per week. (start baggying immediately after your color treatment)

8. Apply a good quality creamy leave in conditioner to your hair daily or every other day.

9. Follow your leave in conditioner with a high quality, avocado oil, coconut oil, castor oil or shea butter. These particular oils feed the hair, moisturize the hair and lubricate the hair. 

10. If you use gels or stylers, watch out for harsh alcohols, high protein content or other drying ingredients. Look for botanical gels such as Kinky curly coily custard.


No ammonia, no parabens, covers grays well.


11. If after following this guide your hair still feels dry, then add apple cider rinses to your regimen once per week. The ACV will help to lock in moisture longer. 

12. Follow a low manipulation regimen. No brushing, limit your combing, finger comb most of the time. Your hair is weak, so treat it gently. 

13. Beware of covering your hair with any type of hair extensions. The hair extensions sit on top of the hair and causes it to dry out, this is not a good move for someone with hair color.

14. Know how to shampoo your hair correctly, read here.

15. Add pre-treatment masque to your regimen
Shea Moisture anti breakage masque use as a pretreatment on shampoo day.







Anti-breakage cleansing and conditioning routine


  • Start with dry hair.
  • Apply a  mix of 1/2 grape seed oil to 1/2 coconut oil to your hair and finger untangle.
  • Next apply a generous amount of your choice of hair treatment masques.
  • Cover hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse out with warm or hot water.
  • Cleanse your hair with a conditioning cleanser.
  • Rinse with medium temp water.
  • Repeat your cleansing step.
  • Rinse with medium temp water.
  • Apply a generous amount of your moisturizing deep conditioner.
  • Cover with same plastic cap, sit under dryer for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse out with cold water.
  • Do an apple cider vinegar rinse if necessary on this step or proceed to applying your leave in conditioner.
  • Apply leave in conditioner while hair is soaking wet. then blot excess water.
  • After blotting all excess water you may need to apply a little more of your leave in conditioner.
  • Proceed with other style products and style.

Help I want to dye my natural hair!



Your hair color can be gorgeous like hers, but you must color responsibly. See how her curls pop, she takes care of her color treated hair.


From passionate purple to bold blond, hair color remains very popular amongst women of all ethnic groups. The right color for your skin tone can take you from average to awesome! Hair color can be beautiful, but it also requires extra work on your part Adding any type of color to your hair whether it is natural henna or permanent color automatically puts your hair in a state of chronic dryness. Dry hair, which remains dry on a consistent basis will surely lead to broken damaged hair.

AMONGST NATURALS COLOR IS ONE OF THE TOP REASONS FOR A SECOND BIG CHOP!

COLOR WITH CAUTION!

There are a wide range of chemicals on the market which will add color to your hair. Whether you choose henna, temporary color or permanent color, all of these processes leaves deposits on the hair. When deposits are left on the hair, it makes the hair harder to receive and retain moisture. Henna uses crushed plants to color the hair shaft other natural colors may use black walnut  or other naturally grown plants. Just because it is natural does not mean it is less harmful. Natural products contain pigments which coat the hair, this requires you to work harder to retain moisture. Most natural colorants do not destroy the hair shaft or penetrate to the cortex.

However most permanent hair colors do destroy some of the hair shaft, by  following a two step process. This consist of a bleaching agent which destroys part of your hair strands to remove your natural color, then it deposits your desire color into your hair strands.  While most semi-permanent colors and temporary colors only coat the hair cuticle, the permanent color penetrates to the cortex. The bleach or ammonia lifts the hair cuticle to allow the color to penetrate deep. Once the process is over this leaves your hair very vulnerable and weak.  Even if your hair looks great do not take that for granted, it can start to break at anytime. Once you add color you now need to treat your hair as damaged hair. Because this is exactly what it is, damaged. 


          COLOR IS SO PRETTY WHAT IS A GIRL TO DO??

Step one: CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

  • Understand that color treated hair is vulnerable hair and should be treated more delicately than your natural, non chemically treated hair.


  • Understand that your color treated hair now requires more work than your natural hair.


  • Understand you are no longer natural, you have changed the game by adding color. 


  • Do not spend time arguing as to whether you are still natural or not, use that time to take extra care of your hair. How you care for your hair is more important than a title.

Step two:  QUALIFY.  Are you a good candidate for hair color?

  • Are you a lazy natural?

  • Are you slack with your hair care regimen?

  • Do you only like to wash your hair once every two weeks?

  • Do you suffer from dry hair issues on a consistent basis?

  • Is your hair breaking?

  • Are you trying to grow your hair to waist length and beyond?


IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO JUST ONE OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS THEN YOU SHOULD NOT GET COLOR BEYOND A TEMPORARY SHAMPOO OUT COLOR. NOT EVEN HENNA.


IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO ALL OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS THEN PROCEED TO A PROFESSIONAL FOR PERMANENT COLOR. ASK FOR A CONSULTATION FIRST SO THE STYLIST CAN EVALUATE YOUR HAIR. 


HENNA AND TEMPORARY COLOR CAN BE DONE SAFELY AT HOME. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON YOUR CHOICE OF PRODUCT AT LEAST 3 TIMES BEFORE YOU START YOUR COLOR PROCESS. TAKE YOUR TIME AND HAVE ALL YOUR SUPPLIES HANDY. 

NOW THAT I HAVE COLOR TREATED HAIR HOW DO I KEEP IT MOISTURIZED AND RETAINING LENGTH???


Find your color treated hair care guide, here.






Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Moon trim dates for November




Yes, you can increase your hair growth rate by trimming during the right days of the month. Do your hair trims during the best high energy days as the moon grows and you will double or triple your re-growth rate. 

RELEASE THE NEGATIVE TO RECEIVE THE POSITIVE ENERGY FLOW


This method is all about energy, using the high energy of the position of the moon to increase your hair growth. In order to allow new good energy in, you must release all negative energy. Continuing to house negative energy will only get in the way of any positive energy trying to enter. Admit any negative mindset now then denounce that negative mindset now. If you have followed my blog for awhile you know I speak a lot about mindset and how it is 1/2 of your hair journey. Now is the time to release all the negativity you have concerning your hair or anything in life. Now is the time to release all the negativity you have concerning your hair. Stop using negative terms to describe your hair. Stop stating what your hair hates or cannot do. Stop relating to your hair based on your past. Just because you never had long hair does not mean that you never will. Stop deceiving yourself, by saying you are okay with average results. 


How do you truly feel about your hair?


Think about what you say about your hair.


Change every negative mindset you have about your hair now.

Now is the time to be bold and authentic about what you want. 


Stop deceiving yourself  that it is "just hair" when you know that you frequent blogs and forums looking for a solution to your hair issue.  So it is not "just hair" and that is okay. A woman's hair is her crowning glory.  Now is the time to empty out your negative storage tank so you can receive this powerful burst of potent energy we are being blessed with.  Empty out and detox both your mental and physical storage. Releasing negative thoughts and beliefs that hold you back are not hard to do, just acknowledge that you have the negative thoughts and then denounce the negative thoughts or beliefs. It is that simple!  Before you read any further, I need you to stop, be honest with yourself  and release the negative.  Read about mindset here if you need help, but you must do this in order to receive the benefits of New Moon increase.

NO MATTER YOUR GOAL, WHETHER IT PERTAINS TO GROWING YOUR HAIR LONG OR GETTING A JOB PROMOTION, A POSITIVE MINDSET IS REQUIRED.

Philippians 4:8
 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

Smile and fall in love with your God blessed coils!


Find your coil flow with the Coily Queens Regimen.


Your New Moon trim dates for November are as follows:
Nov 2nd
*Nov 3rd
Nov 22nd
Nov 25th
Nov 26th

*THE BEST HIGH ENERGY DAY IS NOVEMBER 3rd 



Important reminders

Release all of your negative energy for best results.

You do not have to trim every month for results.

Know your normal rate of hair growth before you trim.

Do not measure for results until 40 days after your NM trim.

After your first 40 day results measure again in 30 days for more results.

It does not matter how much you trim as long as it is on the right day.

You can trim a quarter of an inch or one inch it makes no difference. 

Write down your information do not rely on memory. 

Remember a positive mindset is 1/2 of your hair journey.  

Be cool and find your coil flow!
 


Friday, October 17, 2014

How to correct rough puffy hair ends and knots


Does your hair form knots no matter what product your try?

Do you spend time untangling your hair, only for tangles to reform within minutes upon finishing?

Do your ends always feel rough?
Are your ends puffy when you braid or twist your hair?

Are you plagued by bothersome single strand knots?


If you answered yes to any of these questions this article will help you solve your problem.


Common complaint:
My hair forms knots if I just look at it. I wash my hair, deep condition it and keep it twisted, but still my hair forms knots when I remove the twists. Even when I press my hair using various methods my ends stay puffy and hard. What is wrong with my hair?



Should I get a trim?
Not so fast, trimming your hair may not solve your problem. Before you proceed to cut off unnecessary length, do a test patch.  Take a 1/2 of an inch section of your hair and cut it below the frizz line. Cut from the section right by your earlobe on the corners, at the top of the sideburns area.  Examine whether the hair still forms knots or puffiness after you have cut below the frizz line. If after your test cut your hair still knots up then you know you suffer from a hair cuticle issue that will not be solved by a trim.

What is a hair cuticle issue?
Your hair cuticle is the outer layer of your hair, which is  made of scales and several layers. The hair cuticle raises and flattens depending upon the weather, products and health of the hair. A healthy hair cuticle opens when it should and flattens when it should. When the hair cuticle becomes unhealthy it stays open, this is called a raised hair cuticle or highly porous. You do not want your hair cuticle to stay raised because it loses moisture quickly. A raise hair cuticle is also frizzy, tangled and full of knots.


Repairing the hair cuticle:
If the damage is not deep into the hair cuticle layers, it can be corrected. Using the right PH balanced solution will help the hair cuticle to lay flat and hold moisture. The better hydrated your hair is the less tangles and single strand knots you will have. Applying a simple apple cider organic vinegar rinse  over your hair,  after you rinse out your deep conditioner, will correct a raised cuticle issue. 


Correcting your raised hair cuticle problem
Step one: Do a trim patch test as listed above. If your hair still forms knots then proceed to step two. If the cut patch test shows your hair no longer knotting then proceed with giving your entire head a good trim or visit your stylist for a trim. 

Step two: Wash your hair with one of the following:  a non sulfate shampoo, conditioning cleanser or mud wash. Deep condition your hair using heat by sitting under the dryer. Rinse the deep conditioner out with cold water. While hair is still soaking wet pour the ACV apple cider vinegar mix over your hair, saturating all of your hair and scalp. While hair still has the ACV rinse in it, apply your leave in conditioner. Blot with a towel and proceed with your styling. 

The apple cider vinegar rinse
Purchase organic only
1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar
2 cups of filtered or bottle water

Benefits:
Reduces tangles
Makes the hair cuticle lay flat
Gives the hair shine.
Anti bacterial 
Anti fungal 

AVOCADO OIL is the best for frizzy ends. Smooth over strands after you apply your leave in  conditioner and styler. Purchase pure, virgin, unrefined avocado oil. This is the best and what I use. 

The apple cider vinegar will make the hair cuticle lay flat therefore keeping your hair from forming knots. You should notice an immediate significant reduction in tangles and knots. In most cases the ACV rinse eliminates all knots. You can repeat the ACV rinse again in 3 days. For even better results complete the 18 day hydration & lubrication regimen for excessive tangles.

If the ACV rinse does not correct your puffy ends or knots issue, then proceed with the 18 day hydration & lubrication regimen. If your hair is still forming knots and puffy ends, then you could have some deep hair cuticle damage. You can learn to work with it or do a big chop and start over.
 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shampooing tightly coily Afro hair





Cleansing your hair is an extremely important part of any hair care regimen. Within the context of the Coily Queens Regimen it falls under the category of moisture. When you cleanse the hair correctly it does not strip the hair but hydrates the hair. Daily your hair accumulates:  sweat, excess sebum, product buildup, dirt and more, for these reasons you should have a frequent cleansing routine. Cleansing helps to hydrate and refresh the hair. Hair grows best on a clean scalp.

More information on the importance of shampooing your hair often here.

Key things to look for in a cleanser:
Use an actual product meant for cleansing the hair. Conditioner is not formulate to cleanse the hair.
Absolutely no sulfates
Absolutely no alcohols
Look for labels with the least long words that you cannot pronounce. 
Looks for the word moisturizing on the bottle
Choose a shampoo that is PH balanced between 5 and 6. 
Do not exceed a PH of 7. 

PH test strips

The only way to know the PH of your cleanser is to test it yourself using PH balance strips. These are the PH strips I use. PH balance strips are very helpful on your hair care journey. Small investment with a huge payoff.


The Coily Queens two lather shampoo 


Better hair growth***Hydration***Curl definition


Start your shampoo on hair that has been untangled and is knot free. If you are transitioning or dealing with lots of tangling issues it would be wise to shampoo your hair in medium to large twists.

Step one:
Allow medium to hot water to run over your hair saturating your hair really well. Use your fingers to pull residue from your hair. Smooth from your scalp down your strands gently. Do this process for 2 minutes.

Step two: 
Apply a quarter size amount of shampoo to your hair starting at the scalp then smooth gently down the hair strands. Depending upon your cleanser how much you use will vary.  After you have massaged the shampoo through your hair, rinse with medium or hot water.

The first wash is to remove any residue from the hair. 

Step three:
Lather on more shampoo or your cleanser and repeat. Always rinse off  your cleanser using medium or hot water. Higher temperature water makes your hair cuticle open wider to receive the moisturizing benefits of your conditioner.

You will notice after your second lather that your curls begin to pop. Your curls feel more alive and defined. Pay close attention to how your hair feels with this two lather process when you try it.

Bentonite clay


Coily Queens approved cleansers:
Shea Moisture coconut and hibiscus shampoo