Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Getting the most out of your hair vitamins

How many times have you jumped on the bandwagon when a new hair vitamin hits the market? You take a chance and order a months supply, only to have no visible results once you finish the bottle. Then while reading the hair forums you see other ladies raving about how much extra hair growth they got from the same vitamin you purchased, so you scratch your head as you look through their before and after pictures, and try to figure out why didn't you get any results?

Most people blame the product or accuse the people bragging about the vitamins of working for the company. Then you see lots of people post a familiar sentence I read all the time on forums, "well everything doesn't work for everybody". I always chuckle at this general go no where statement, because in many cases the person saying it,  more than likely was not consistent with the product or did not take the product according to the manufacturers  instructions. Truth is, there are supplements on the market which work. Truth is, there is a method to taking vitamin supplements.

Stop wasting your money!

8 simple rules to get the most benefits from your vitamins!

1. Most important: Purchase supplements which come in a liquid, gel  or capsule form. Big pill vitamins do not absorb well into your system so you reap few benefits.

2. Always take with food.Your body wants its nutrients from food, so taking your supplements with food is tricking the body into believing the vitamins are coming from the food you have just eaten.
3. Drink a full 8 ounce glass of water when you take your vitamins.
4. Take them the same time each day
5. Take the recommended dosage only.
6. Drink at least 64 ounces of filtered water daily.
7. In order to see good results you need to take the vitamins consistently for a minimum of 3 months to a year. Starting a supplement one day and expecting results in 2 weeks is unrealistic. You should start to see results within  3 months of a vitamin regimen, if you have followed all the rules.  
8. People suffer from various vitamin deficiencies based on lifestyle, gender and age. The only true way to know what vitamin you may be deficient in, is to consult your primary care doctor for blood tests.  As always consult your doctor before starting any vitamins or supplements regimen. 

The top 3 hair supplements that actually grow your hair when used correctly.

Mineral Rich is an very good mineral supplement and it it liquid. Liquid vitamins absorb better and faster into your system, than pills. So opt of a liquid vitamin or a capsule vitamin when looking for a good supplement.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gold Star leave in conditioners for 4C hair

What makes a leave in conditioner awesome?

There are several factors when added together make a leave in conditioner awesome.

The cost per ounce.(no more than $2 per ounce)
Must last at least 2 months (which means a little must go a long way).

Must keep hair moisturized for at least 3 or more days before reapplying.

Must work be multipurpose.

Must be easy to find.
(must be able to walk into any drug store or Walmart like store and buy it)

And of course it must feel good on your hair and provide some hold to your style..

My Gold Star leave in conditioners to date

(My Gold Star list is formed considering the criteria above)

Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie

Cantu Shea butter  leave in conditioner repair cream
(Pictured at the top)

Cantu Shea Butter curl activator cream

Afro stretch creme 


TRESemme' smooth & silky conditioner w/vitamin h

Use as a detangler

These products have my gold star of approval, because they satisfy all of the above criteria. I have used all of these products for 2 years consistently. If you are looking for a good product which can function as a leave in conditioner these products are a good place to start and in my opinion stop. You want a product which is economical, lasts and softens and keeps your tangles at bay the way a leave in conditioner should. I have never had either of these products flake up on my hair, nor cause build-up. Remember I do follow the CoilyQueens regimen of shampooing my hair bi-weekly, so I keep my hair clean and moisturized on a regular basis. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Coily Queens dry hair factors

Coily Queens dry hair checklist

Still fighting your dry hair issues?

Here is a checklist of things you can do:

  • Check your porous issues. If your hair is overly porous then you will keep losing moisture.
  • Check your products be sure they do not contain the bad alcohols.
  • Are you oiling your hair daily? If not start today.
  • Do you wash your hair at least once a week? If not start today.
  • Always rinse your deep conditioner out with cool or cold water.
  • If you are using chemicals then you may need to stop, depending on your hair goal.
  • Take an inventory of your treatment products, be sure you are using them according to the directions on the bottle. Improper use of protein treatments can lead to dry hair issues.

Note: you may only need to implement one of these suggestions to correct your dry hair issue. Although all of these are good suggestions for healthy haircare.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Flat ironing tightly coily hair

Three common causes of heat damage:
1. Having the setting on your flat iron to high.
2. Straightening hair which is not hydrated.
3. Straightening hair which is damaged.

Coily Queens flat iron method

(read all instructions before you begin)

Use harsh heat responsibly, always schedule your flat iron sessions in advance. This gives you proper time to prep your hair for the harsh heat.

9 day preparation for flat ironing your natural tightly coily hair.
Day one: Give your hair a protein treatment such as aphogee 2-step treatment. Be sure to deep condition your hair afterwards and apply a good leave in conditioner
Day two: GHE over night or 3 hours. Apply natural oils and more leave in as needed.
Day three: GHE ^
Day four: GHE ^
Day five: Shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo and deep condition your hair.
Day six:  GHE apply natural oils and leave in as needed.
Day seven: GHE ^
Day eight:  GHE ^
Day nine: Cleanse your hair with a mud clay wash. The clay wash give your hair strands a thorough cleansing without stripping your hair of needed oils. You hair will feel soft and conditioned after using a good clay wash. Follow your wash with a good moisturizing conditioner, sit under dryer with conditioner for at least 10 minutes, rinse out conditioner with cold water to close the hair cuticle. 
Now your hair is ready, it should feel strong, soft and have great elasticity. No breakage when you manipulate it gently.

4 Steps to straightening your hair

Step 1. Be sure you have done the 9 day heat prep, this will help to keep the heat from scorching your hair. The number one cause of heat damage is flat ironing dehydrated hair.
Step 2. Apply a leave in conditioner followed by a silicone based heat protectant. I recommend Cantu shea butter leave in  conditioner. Braid hair in sections then allow to air dry, do not blow dry.
Step 3. Once hair is dry apply a little more leave in conditioner and heat protection. For extra protection you can use a keratin spray on your strands, Chi and Aphogee make good ones. Section your hair into smaller sections and and remove any tangles using a seamless comb. Allow all product to dry before putting the flat iron on your hair.  If you choose to blow dry your hair, then apply more heat protection after you finish blow drying.  (the heat protection you choose should have silicones in it, these silicones protect your hair strands from the harsh heat of the flat iron)
Step 4. Take each small section and flat iron using the comb chase method. Be sure your comb is a seamless comb. If you feel your hair popping as you run the comb threw your hair then stop and untangle that section some more, to prevent breakage.  If you followed all previous mentioned instructions, you will only need 2 passes with the flat iron. Even if your hair is tightly coily 2 passes should be all that is needed maybe a third pass for clean up. How long your press lasts will largely depend on the time of the year you flat iron and how well you take care of it daily. 

During the Winter months my presses last for 7 days plus.

Important reminders before using the flat iron on your hair:
If your hair is breaking do not flat iron it or add anymore heat
You hair must be detangled before applying the flat iron to your hair
 If you feel your hair popping when using the chase method, stop and untangle some more.
Your goal should not be bone straight hair
Do not set you curling iron above 350-375 degrees
Use a good quality ceramic flat iron that has number heat settings.
Never flat iron dirty dry hair
After you apply the flat iron to each section run your fingers through the section to make sure hair is not scorched or breaking.
On the day you decide to flat iron try not to also use the blow dryer, let your hair air dry when possible.
Most important is to take your time. 

Products to consider:
Aphogee 2 step protein treatment
Shea moisture retention shampoo
ORS heat protectant serum
Cantu styling promade (contains petroleum, which will keep your hair from reverting so quickly) 

Friday, February 8, 2013

What is your scalp health?

Many people deal with issues of dry itchy scalp and slow hair growth, partly because of impaired sebum production due to age, diet and health. Oiling your scalp daily stimulates  our own sebum to produce more effectively. Your hair needs lubrication to thrive. A diet full of foods rich in vitamin A and C will give you healthy sebum production. So it is not just what we put on top of our hair but what we put inside our bodies.

 Is it time to give your grocery list a makeover?

Check out this list of foods rich in vitamins A and C, make a list of the foods you like from this list and eat them daily.

Liver: (chicken or beef) a serving contains 150% of the daily value (DV). And if you are thinking of substituting cod liver oil in place of eating liver, then know that a teaspoon of cod liver oil has on 10% of the daily value. Not a whole lot.

Sweet Potatoes: per one cup of mashed sweet potatoes you get 760% DV. Sweet potatoes pack a punch of vitamin A.

Carrots: 1 medium carrot contains 204% DV and 3 baby carrots contain about 123% of the daily value. SO EAT MORE CARROTS!!!!!!!!!!

Dark leafy greens: 1 cup of kale contains 206% DV fresh or steamed. Turnips 232% DV. Mustard greens 210% DV. Spinach 189% DV. Collards 133% DV.

Butternut squash: 450% DV per one cup! WOW!!!!!!!!

Dried herbs: Parsley, basil, dill and oregano. Sprinkle these on your food daily.

Lettuce: Dark colorful lettuces contain 42% DV per cup of shredded lettuce.

Dried Apricots

Cantalope: contains 120% of daily value of Vitamin A per cup of melon balls.

Pick the foods that you like from this list and start adding them into your diet in a big way. In no time your hair will be more lubricated and your hair growth will increase by 50%. You will also save on product because you can apply less oil to your hair, due to your own sebum increase.

Delicious salads full of vitamins A and C and more!

Crunchy cabbage delight
2 cups of shredded cabbage
1 cup of shredded red cabbage
1 chopped celery stick
1/2 cup of feta cheese
Mix all ingredients together with the desired amount of Italian dressing.

Simple Spinach anytime salad
3 handfuls of baby spinach
1 medium shredded carrot
5 cherry tomatoes
Add the desired amount of Italian dressing. BAM!!!!!!

Juicing is a great way to create a healthy sebum flow and hair growth. 

Coily Queens Green Juice Beauty Cocktail
1 medium carrot
2 chunks of ginger
1 medium gala red apple