Monday, May 23, 2016

Shea moisture curl smoothie compared to the cantu leave in conditioner


The leave in conditioner is the most important product in your hair care regimen. The leave in conditioner is left on the hair all day. The leave in conditioner will also fall on the scalp. Any product that will stay on your hair all day should be a product that contains natural, nourishing ingredients. 

If the current state of your hair is dry,  full of knots and does not style well, then stay away from products with ingredients names you have a hard time pronouncing.   There are many popular products, naturals use, that only give you the illusion of healthy hair. These products contain cheap ingredients which coat the hair and gives you instant softness. However you will find that using these products on a regular basis will dry your hair out long term. 


PRODUCT COMPARISON
Below are the first ten ingredients which make up the popular cantu shea butter leave in conditioner. Compare those ingredients to the first ten ingredients of the also popular shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie. 

CANTU SHEA BUTTER LEAVE IN

Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean) , Propylene Glycol , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , 


SHEA MOISTURE CURL ENHANCING SMOOTHIE

Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut ) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Magnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, 

The Shea Moisture smoothie has more natural nourishing ingredients than the cantu product. Notice how the ingredients of the smoothie are easy to pronounce. Look for leave in conditioners that contain, natural oils, extracts and butters. Those ingredients nourish the hair, softens the hair in a healthy way and help to seal in moisture. 

VERDICT
If you are a college student on a budget and you are not dealing with dry hair, the cantu shea butter leave in, would not be a bad investment. However, if your hair is invaded by knots, excess tangles and you have a hard time keeping moisture in your hair, you should  purchase the shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie. 

Shea Moisture smoothie is a more superior product. You can find both of these products at stores such as Walmart, CVS, Target and beauty supply stores. 





Saturday, May 14, 2016

Help, I want thick hair!




Narrow follicles produce thin hair. Large follicles produce thick hair. Hair thickness is determined by the number of hair follicles your have and the diameter of  each hair strand. These factors will determine your hair thickness.

The number of hair follicles on your head are determined in the womb. The diameter of your hair follicles are also determined in the womb. As we age some people will lose hair follicles by closing up, however you will never gain new hair follicles. Your hair strands can become thinner as you age and from damage. Hair vitamins nor tropical products do not increase the width of your hair strands.

Well what can I do to make my hair thicker?

There are many products on the market, that when used correctly, makes your hair appear thicker. The products you see which say, fuller, thicker hair, contain ingredients that stick to the hair strands. These ingredients stick to the hair strands and temporarily make your hair strands look fuller.

When you shop look for key words such as: fuller hair, volumnizer, volumnizing, thickening, and variations of these terms. 

Be conscious that many times these ingredients can stop moisture from getting into your hair strands, so only use these types of products on healthy hydrated hair. 

Ingredients which stick to the outside of your hair strands. 

Protein treatments
Hydrolyed proteins stick to the hair strands and fills in broken spaces along the hair strands. The protein temporarily makes the hair stronger. Because the protein is reinforcing the hair strands, it also will make your hair look fuller. 

Henna
Henna coats the outside of the hair strands and this adds color to the hair. Because it is adding something to the hair, it also makes your hair look thicker. That effect is permanent.

Castor oil
You will read lots of women testify that castor oil made their hair thicker. Any thick oil such as castor oil, when applied day after day, will coat the strands and make the hair appear thicker. This is temporary. Once you wash the oil off your hair will return to its natural thickness. 




Good products to help you have thicker, fuller looking hair!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Help my hair is shedding!


Shedding is a normal stage your hair naturally goes through on a daily basis. People shed between 50 to 150 strands per day. Around 15% of hairs on your head are in the shedding phase daily. The majority of your hair is in the growth phase at all times. 





DO NOT BE NERVOUS ABOUT SHED HAIRS

ONLY BE ALARMED IF YOUR HAIR SHEDS IN CLUMPS




How do I know whether my hair is shedding or breaking?



SHED HAIRS:
Are the same length as the rest of your hair
Shed hair contains a white bulb on one end
Shed hairs happen daily
Shed hair comes from the hair root.

ACCUMULATIVE SHEDDING:
When you go several days or weeks without removing shed hairs. Lots of naturals panic over shedding when it is has been days or weeks since they have untangled their hair. Hair will shed daily and if those shed hairs are not removed then you will have an accumulation of naturally shed hair. That is natural and okay. 

BROKEN HAIR:
Are hairs that are shorter than your natural length.
They can be as small as an eyelash. 
You can usually feel breakage, you will have popping and snapping from simple manipulation.

 A BALL OF 10 SHED CURLY HAIRS LOOK LIKE MORE HAIR THAN A BALL OF  10 SHED STRAIGHT HAIRS. GET USE TO HOW SHED CURLY HAIR LOOKS SO YOU CAN STOP PANICKING OVER SHEDDING.



PAY ATTENTION TO HOW MUCH HAIR YOU SHED DAILY, SO YOU CAN KNOW WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU.



When to be concerned:
If your hair comes out in clumps.
If your hair starts to shed more than what is normal for you.
If  you have detangled well, cleansed and conditioned, and your hair is still shedding.

What to do:
Stop manipulating your hair until you know the reason why.
Treat the root cause of the excess shedding.
Shedding comes from within so it must be treated internally.
Garlic pills, hair growth supplements have been know to help excess shedding for some. These works when you have a vitamin deficiency. You will need your doctor to test your blood to know for sure. 
Consider medications you are taking that might contribute to excess shedding.
Are you on your menstrual cycle? Wait until it is over before you panic. Odd things can happen during our cycle. 
Consider  any type of stress you've had, in the prior 3 months.
Do you have any other symptoms? Been sick lately?
If excess shedding goes  passed 3 days I would go to the doctor for blood work. There are many types of illnesses that can cause excess shedding. Do not guess, be safe and go to the doctor. 





Friday, April 8, 2016

New Moon Phase trim dates for increased hair growth (April/May)



Is it time for your trim? If so, try a New Moon Phase trim and double your hair growth.  Yes you can use the energy of the new moon as it grows to increase your hair growth rate.  If you have slow hair growth or stagnant growth this can solve your problem.

GIVE YOUR HAIR GROWTH A BOOST!!!

TRY A NEW MOON PHASE TRIM THIS MONTH!!

SUBSCRIBE TO THIS SITE, TO KEEP UP WITH THE BEST DATES TO TRIM!


How to do your New Moon Phase trim?
 Choose your high energy trim date.
 Release all your negative energy.
 Be sure you have trimming shears. 
 Decide how much your will trim.
 Two strand twist your hair then trim off  frayed ends.

MEASURE YOUR HAIR AFTER YOUR TRIM.

WAIT 40 DAYS THEN MEASURE YOUR AWESOME INCREASED GROWTH!

MANY WOMEN RECEIVE DOUBLE THEIR NORMAL HAIR GROWTH RATE!

MARK THE CALENDAR FOR YOUR NEXT NEW MOON PHASE TRIM 90 DAYS FROM YOUR CURRENT TRIM DATE

APRIL TRIM DATES
8
9
12
13
21


MAY TRIM DATES
6
9
10
19
20


Do you need more help reaching your hair length goals? Sign up for one on one hair growth coaching today!


Monday, April 4, 2016

Combine these two products and double your hair growth!



I discovered  Liquid Gold products 3 years ago. They offer a wide range of healthy hair products, but two of their products have become a staple in my hair regimen.  The Liquid Gold beauty vites  hair vitamins and the Sulfur growth oil. 

The beauty vites are capsule vitamins you take twice a day. They contain almost the same vitamins and minerals as the hairfinity vitamins, but for half the price. You get a one months supply for less than $15. If you enter the code: coilyqueens at checkout you will get 15% off your total purchase.

The sulfur growth oil is MSM sulfur infused in a blend of emu, grape seed and other awesome oils. I massage this oil onto my scalp 3 times a week. Combined with the beauty vites working from the inside out, I receive amazing growth each month. In addition to growth increase the sulfur oil treats itching, softens hair and gives it amazing sheen. 


Great price with great results!

Add these two products to your  healthy hair care regimen today. Look for great results in as little as 4 weeks. I recommend making a commitment of 3 to 6 months worth of products for best results. 

3 months supply of Beauty Vites cost you $44.97 then subtract the 15% discount you pay around $40 for a 3 months supply. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Help, my hair is growing slow!


PROBLEM:
I have been natural for 3 years. I shampoo once per week. My hair is growing, but it appears to be growing rather slowly, well below the average. I have seen women who have been natural for 1.5 years and they have really  good growth. What am I doing wrong???

SOLUTIONS:
Identify whether you are having a retention issue or growth problem.

Hair retention, how much of your hair growth each month are you able to hold onto. Your hair is growing at the average rate, however it is breaking off  due to various reasons.

Reasons for most hair breakage
Weak hair. your protein have been weakened, thus hair breaks easily. (breakage solution)
Dehydrated hair, due to long term lack of moisture. (dry hair solution)
Untangling hair improper (How to untangle hair properly)
Damaged hair cuticles due to using brushes, combs, flat irons and other heat tools. (heat damage)
Using bad ingredients which damage your hair.
Dry hair due to lack of cleansing and conditioning. (developing a good regimen)
Harsh chemicals such as hair dyes, texturizers and such. (moisturizing dyed hair)

Growth problem. The average rate of hair growth per month is .50 an inch. Some people receive less than this and that is slow hair growth.

Reasons for slow hair growth
Harsh ingredients (bad ingredients to look out for)
Vitamin and mineral  deficiencies (good HSN vitamins)
Scalp fungus (treating fungus)
Health issues and certain medications (health/hair loss)

Once you identify what is getting in the way of your growth or retention issue then you treat that area. For most people it is several areas, they must correct. Select the article next to your length blocker and start your corrective journey today. 

After you have corrected your issue join one or my hair growth challenges to give your hair growth a much needed BOOST!!!

GROWTH CHALLENGES
Gain and inch in 30 days hair growth challenge
40 day New Moon Phase Challenge
CQR-Liquid Gold challenge












Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How to know if your Shea butter is of good quality


Melts  and spreads easily
When you put it on your hands it melts quickly. Although lots of people love to whip their Shea butter, it is not necessary to whip it in order to use it. If your Shea butter does not melt or spread easily then it is not pure Shea butter. In the states a lot of the Shea butter is mixed with other butters. Pay attention to the label when you are choosing your products. I have seen Shea butter labeled as "African butter" this means you are not getting 100% Shea butter. You are purchasing other cheaper African butters, which may still be good, but very misleading. You deserve to have what you thought you were paying for. 

Shea butter is full of  vitamins A & E, proteins, minerals and fatty acids. Shea butter is an excellent emollient and it helps to keep moisture from leaving your skin and hair. It is breathable, protects the hair and is a great detangler. Shea butter prevent wrinkles, anti inflammatory and protects the skin from UV aggressors. But you only receive these benefits from good quality grade A Shea butter. 



Stay away from the golden yellow Shea butter or pure white Shea butter.
I have purchased Shea butter since the 80's and it was always a cream, off white color, or pale yellow in color. When you come across that bright yellow Shea butter it has been mixed with something to brighten the color. Some makers think that the golden yellow color makes it more appealing to the consumer. Just understand that butter is most likely not pure. If it is white or bright yellow it is mostly refined Shea butter. Refined Shea butter has gone through an intense heat process and will contain solvent residues. It is many times odorless and has other chemicals in it to prolong the shelf life. 

Purchase unrefined, grade A Shea butter
Unrefined means it has not been treated with high heat. Heat destroys many of the plant nutrients. Shea butter is a food first, so it feeds the hair roots awesome nutrients, which help to keep your hair healthy. But when you purchase the refined butter you will not get all those nutrient benefits. You will still have the lubricant benefits of the butter but that is all. 

Shea butter greatly benefits those with Afro curly coily hair. But invest in a good quality butter to reap the benefits. If Shea Butter has not wowed you then most likely you have never used a good quality rich Shea Butter. 


Nikki's naturals a family owned black owned company


Two of my sellers of Shea butter
Shea butter cottage

Order a good quality Shea butter today, retail or wholesale.