Friday, June 22, 2018

Do white clumps and specks constantly ruin your twist out?



1. Reduce the amount of product you use.
Most naturals are to heavy handed with their style products. More product does not necessarily mean better style results. If white product build up is your issue, reduce the amount of product you use by half. As you pour product, make it a habit of putting half of the amount back in the bottle. This will help you so break the habit of overusing products.

2. Test product compatibility before doing your whole head.
You should always use a leave in conditioner under your gel or style product. Unfortunately this is where it can go wrong.  Before you waste time and product, test the compatibility of your products, before doing your whole head. Put a nickel size amount of each product on the back of your hand. Blend the products together. Examine closely how well the two products mix together. Do you see separation? Do you see clumps? Let it settle for 60 seconds. The two products should blend to a clump free smooth consistency. If it does not then do not apply that product combination to your hair. 

3. Stay away from products that are white opaque. 
Buy products that are shear in color. This is a good way to not have white specks form on your hair. Miss Jessie's curling custard is clear color. It also creates great wash and goes and twist outs.This can be a challenge, because most leave ins are white opaque.  Consider using a liquid leave in spray, if this is a constant issue for you. 

4. Dab away excess product when done setting your style. 
A good indication of overusing product, is when you can see excess product oozing out your twists, once you have finished twisting. Instead of leaving that excess product sitting on top of you hair, lightly wipe it away with a mono fiber towel. Or tie down with a scarf so the scarf soaks up some of the product. Tying your hair down with a silk scarf, will also soak up excess product. 

5. Stay away from cheap products.
Cheap ingredients are mostly likely to bead up on your hair. You get what you pay for. Cheap products do not mix well with other products. Invest in all natural products. Purchase your gel and leave in conditioner from the same line. Products from the same line are compatible with each other, in most cases. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MSM organic sulfur helps you grow hair longer, faster and stronger!


WHAT IS IT?
MSM is an organic sulfur. It can safely be taken for many body ailments. MSM sulfur is not the same as elemental sulfur. Elemental sulfur is  used to make pesticides. MSM is naturally derived during the earths rain cycle. MSM (methylsulfonymethane, has been taken for decades, for arthritis, high blood pressure, anti aging and more. 



STOPS FUNGUS!
MSM is excellent at killing fungus activity on your scalp. Scalp fungus is one of the top causes of hair loss and slow hair growth. MSM applied topically kills the fungus and its eggs. Eliminating the cause of the sluggish hair growth. 

STRONGER STRANDS
MSM also strengthens the hair. This keeps the hair from breaking so easily. You retain more length and reach you growth goals faster. 

THICKNESS
It increases the production of collagen and keratin. If your hair has thinned out, due to harsh chemicals or age. MSM can restore your thickness. 


HOW TO USE MSM SULFUR




Drink it by adding the MSM powder to juice.
Many grocery stores sell MSM drinks.
Purchase it in a capsule form and take as directed.
Add MSM powder to avocado oil for an infusion. 


If you do not like making your own. This the number one sulfur based hair growth oil, you can buy! Apply this to your scalp 3 days a week. You will be amazed! Results in 4 weeks!


This is a product you want to add to your long hair journey. MSM powder and capsules can be found at grocery stores, department stores and drug stores. 




Monday, June 18, 2018

New Moon trim day!



Use the energy of the moon to assist your hair growth! Every 30 days or so, we get a new moon. The moon has different levels of energy as it is growing into a Full Moon. The moon controls the ocean tides, plants and more! We can also use this energy to influence our hair growth. 




IS YOUR HAIR DUE FOR A TRIM?
You should have a regular trim schedule. Trim every 4 months. That will give you 3 trims a day. This is great for maintaining healthy hair. So when it is due for your trim. Why not try a New Moon trim?





Easy way to trim your own hair
Part hair down the middle
Separate each side into 2 sections
You now have 4 sections
Create 5 two strand twists per section
Do each twist until you cannot twist anymore
You can easily see the frayed ends on your twists. 
Cut those ends with hair cutting shears


Do your hair treatments, heat straightening, protein treatments or color on these dates, for the best results. 
June 
18th
19th 
20th

The next,  New Moon Growth increasing trim date is June 20th.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

HELP, my braid extensions are to tight!



 It's midnight, but you cannot sleep because your scalp is throbbing. Earlier in the day, you got a set of braid extensions. You should never allow someone to intentionally braid your hair to tight. Doing so is a sure way to cause permanent hair loss.

Signs you need to leave your braid appointment

1.  If you are wincing every time she does a braid. Extensions should be secure, but not uncomfortable.

2.  If you need to take a painkiller before or during braid service. STOP!

3.  If you tell the Braider it is to tight and she continues to braid to tight. STOP!

Test the tightness of your braids. Move your braid side to side, from the root.  It should do so without causing you any pain. 

Say you got your hair braided and none of those things happened as you were getting it done. Your scalp felt fine when you left the appointment. But within a few hours or at bedtime, your scalp begins to hurt. Our muscles relax as we sleep. It is common for annoyances to be magnified when we lay down. Even to the point that it disturbs our sleep.

5 Ways to loosen tight braids



1. Spray scalp with warm water

2. Apply some cold creamy leave in conditioner to tight area. 

3. If a large portion of your scalp hurts. Run water over your scalp for about ten to 30 seconds.  

4. Rub an ice cube over sore area.

5. Rub some pure cold aloe vera gel onto scalp.

Gently massage scalp after each of these methods. 

There are times when you will need to remove the braids or weave quickly. Take this seriously. You can get "permanent" root damage. 

1. Pain still bad, after 48 hours.
REMOVE THEM!

2. White bumps  on the scalp. Those bumps are inflamed hair follicles, filled with fluid.
REMOVE THEM!



Saturday, June 9, 2018

Should you Co-wash or not?




TWO TYPES OF CO WASHING


1.  Cleansing your hair  with a cheap conditioner

2.  Cleansing your hair by using a formulated cleansing conditioner or co wash

CO WASHING became very popular within the Natural Hair community around 10 years ago. Due to the drying effect of shampoo. Not long ago, most of the shampoos on the shelves were full of sulfates. Naturals became hugely aware that sulfates are extremely damaging to Afro coily hair. This made the technique of co washing the route to take. Co washing consists of replacing your shampoo with a cheap conditioner. You then would "cleanse" with the conditioner, forgoing the drying, damaging shampoo. 

THE PROBLEM WITH CO WASHING

The problem is that, conditioners do not remove, germs, old product or microbes from your hair. So all of that sits on your hair week after week, eventually clogging your hair follicles. When the hair roots are filled with products, excess sebum and microbes your hair growth slows or it falls out. 

Today you can easily find a non sulfate shampoo on the shelf. So co washing with a conditioner is no longer necessary. Co washing with a conditioner should never be used to replace shampoo. Conditioners are formulated to be applied to hair after cleansing. Not as a cleanser

If you want to co wash to refresh a wash and go that is good. But it should not be used for cleansing. Because conditioners do not cleanse properly. 


CONDITIONING CLEANSERS

FORMULATED CO WASHES


Lots of naturals find good benefits from using a conditioning cleanser instead of shampoo. Conditioning cleansers, will state that on the bottle. It is a product that contains cleansers in it. This is okay to use. Many times naturals use the term co washing to describe both forms. It is hard to know which type of co washing one is referring to. Some products are labeled co wash. Whether it states co wash or conditioning cleanser, it will contain some type of cleansing agent. That is what you should look for, if you decide to co wash. 

Today most shampoos are sulfate free. So co washing with a cheap conditioner is no longer needed. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

How to be shampoo free!



How to cleanse your hair without using shampoo. 

God created our hair to withstand exposure to the elements. Thus your hair can take being washed frequently, without becoming damaged. Hair, skin and nails are made up of the keratin. We  do not think twice about washing our body daily. Yet the average black woman thinks that washing Afro hair to often, will damage it. Some act as though, Afro hair is so delicate that it cannot withstand much manipulation.



Cleansing the hair does not harm it. Cleansing it with the wrong shampoo or cleanser is what causes damage. Not conditioning well after we cleanse, also causes damage. Not the washing by itself. It is important to cleanse your hair at least twice a week. This will rid the hair of germs, viruses and fungi. Hair grows best on a clean scalp.

NON SHAMPOO OPTIONS Although there are many non-sulfate shampoos on the market. Some people are not fond of shampoo. You do have other choices. Here are some of the natural cleansers I recommend to replace your traditional shampoo.



Clay:
I recommend bentonite clay or red clay. It is best to use them together. But you can also use them separately. If your hair is prone to excessive knots, tangles and dryness. Replacing your shampoo with clay is the way to go. Clay cleanses, conditions and defines your coils in one step. For a DIY clay recipe and full information about clay, go HERE.
Order here!

Hibiscus powder
Hibiscus is a gentle cleanser. If you use gel, grease or heavy oils, this might not cleanse enough for you. Add some spring or distilled water to pure hibiscus powder. Add a little at a time. You want to create a paste. Rinse your hair under warm water for 30 seconds. Apply hibiscus paste to scalp and gently massage. Smooth the paste over each hair strand. Cover with a plastic cap for 10 minutes. Rinse well with med temp water. Continue with deep conditioning. Do not use on blonde or light color hair.  It might change the color.

Soapwarts
This one is great for dandruff and itchy scalp. It is also a gentle cleanser. It is a natural cleanser that suds. But it is not harsh like bar soaps. It has a light earthy smell. Buy it in a powder form. Create a paste with distilled water. Wash hair with it and follow with deep conditioning. Find it at health food stores or HERE.

Black soap
This is an excellent all natural cleanser for the whole body. It softens, cleanses and conditions the hair, amazingly. It is cheap and long lasting. Be sure to buy only authentic black soap. MORE INFO HERE




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hair myths part 3



Braids can give you a break from incorrect manipulation. 
Thus helping you "retain" more length. 

1. Hair extensions makes your hair grow faster.
False
Hair growth happens under your scalp. No type of weaves or braids can make your hair grow faster. Blood circulation, nutrients and a healthy hair root is what makes your hair grow. This is a commonly shared myth. 


2. You need to straighten or blow out Afro hair in order to trim it properly.
False
Straightening or blow drying your hair before getting braids is a bad move for hair. Heat sucks all moisture from the hair. Then letting the fake hair sit on top of your dry hair for weeks, causes a lot of breakage. This is partly why most comb so much hair out, after they remove extensions. A good braider should be about to braid your Afro hair in its natural state. 



3. If you have low porosity hair, you cannot use butters or certain products.
False
Porosity does not dictate the types of oils or butters one can use. Most of the oils and butters sit on top of  all hair. Most times the molecular structure of the butter or oil is to big to penetrate any hair strand. To keep build up from happening, be sure to wash your hair once or twice a week. 


Water molecules can get around oils and butters.

Hear from a Chemist. 


4. The Sink Float test will tell you, your hair porosity.
False
There is a commonly shared test within the natural hair community. This test involves putting a strand of hair in a cup of water. Depending on whether your hair sinks or floats, dictates  if you are high or low porosity. This test is not accurate. So do not base your hair regimen around it and wrongly label your hair.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Faster Hair Growth With Stimulating Oil Therapy


Stimulating oils are essential oils, which increase blood flow to the scalp. Certain essential oils have the ability to stimulate each individual hair root. This increased blood flow, will give your hair a powerful growth surge. When these oils are massaged onto the scalp, on a consistent basis, they will help your hair grow faster than normal.  


BEFORE YOU BEGIN, LET YOUR LEAVE IN CONDITIONER, CHILL IN THE REFRIGERATOR. A COLD PRODUCT WILL  COOL THE HAIR DOWN,  AFTER THE HOT THERMAL CAP TREATMENT. 





The Coily Queens Regimen top 5 stimulating essential oils 

Pure Peppermint oil
Eucalyptus oil
Rosemary
Ginger oil
Tea Tree oil


 Three, easy to follow, stimulating growth oil recipes. Make one or all. 


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2 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
+7 drops eucalyptus oil
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2 tablespoons EVOO
+5 drops pure peppermint oil
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1 tablespoon jojoba oil 
+ 3 drops rosemary oil

GREAT DEAL ON JOJOBA OIL!


HOW TO USE


1. Lightly scratch all over your scalp once.
2. Apply your stimulating oil blend (each recipe is one application)
3. Massage scalp in circular motions for a full ten minutes. (do not rinse out)
4. Cover hair with Thermal Heat Cap for 10 minutes.
Pydana Thermal Heat Cap
Get more information
HERE

5. Apply your (chilled) leave in conditioner. Finish setting hair as needed. 

Do this 3 times a week.
Enjoy a powerful increase in your hair growth. Visible results in 3 to 7 weeks.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Black owned hair vitamins!


Growing your hair to waist length and beyond, requires the help of a good quality hair vitamin. It helps immensely to take a hair skin and nail vitamin, while on your hair growth journey. Cooking your foods with high heat, destroys the nutrients. A quality hair skin and nail supplement helps to makes up for those lost nutrients. 

When beginning a new hair vitamin, purchase a 90 day supply. It takes 3 months to see the best hair growth results. Therefore, spend your dollars with black owned companies. It is important that we support those who support us. Support  black owned companies  who work hard to deliver us quality products. Those black companies who have respect for our hair.

If we support black owned businesses on a regular basis. We do not have to worry much about them being brought out by larger companies.

Here are 3 black owned hair companies that  sell good HSN vitamins. Measure your length in 3 places and write it on a calendar. Wait 40 then measure again. Keep track of your growth every 30 days. If you do not track your growth then you have no ideal how well it is working or not. 



The Mane Choice hair vitamins 

CVS & Target


Camille Rose Super foods hair vitamins

Order HERE


Liquid hair vitamins by Curls

Find this at CVS & Target


Friday, June 1, 2018

Vee's top 5 products (Updated)


My last list was created in 2016.. You can see my old list HERE. I still love those items. However 3  have been knocked out of first place.

HERE WE GO!

1. BEST LEAVE IN CONDITIONER 
Camille Rose Curlaide
This has knocked the Shea moisture smoothie out of first place. This thick whipped butter does duo duty as a styler and moisturizer. A little goes a long way and it is long lasting. Black owned makes it even better.

2. BEST HAIR GROWTH OIL
Liquid Gold Sulfur oil
Still hands down the best sulfur oil that increases your hair growth.  Pure MSM sulfur infused in the best natural oils you can use on your hair. No cheap fillers!
Buy now!

3. BEST DEEP CONDITIONER 
Mielle Babassu oil mint deep conditioner
This awesome conditioner functions as a protein conditioner as well. The ingredients are good and it is black owned. Give it a try!
Find at CVS, Target and the Beauty supply store.

4. BEST CLEANSER 
Organic Black soap
Replace your shampoo with an all natural product. You will notice softer, curlier hair after the 3rd wash. It cleanses deep without stripping your sebum. You have less tangles and knots. 
Buy here

5. BEST SEALANT
Kuza Indian Hemp grease
Yes it is grease and I think it is fabulous. It gives my hair sheen and helps my flat irons to last longer. Still on my list!
Find at CVS or buy HERE