Essential Oils

Hey Natties

So on this post l will dwell on the issue about Essential oils. Since l started my journey of using oils in my hair l have been a fan. Essential oils are those oils that contain all the good stuff for our hair and they come from the most potent part of the plant they are extracted from. These oils tend to evaporate hence essential oils are diluted with Carrier oils.  Essential oils are highly concentrated and are also used in aromatherapy. As a side-note, l recently got some exotic essential oils ( myrrh, frankincense and nard) from Israel which are known to be great for the hair so l will do a review about those oils at a later stage. These oils are not spoken much about but really do the most for our hair. Now back to business, below is a list of oils that are relatively affordable and still do wonders.

Peppermint oil – this oil does amazing things for our hair. It has a minty smell which l absolutely love and it’s a great cleansing and purifying oil. Peppermint oil has great minerals like potassium, calcium, omega 3, vitamin A, C which aid to our hair growth. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to help fight dandruff and relieve dry scalp.

Tea-tree oil – similar to peppermint oil, it’s a cleansing and purifying oil that comes from tea-tree leaves. It’s great for stimulating hair growth and encourages blood circulation in the scalp.

Lavender oil – this oil stimulates hair growth and helps to prevent hair loss. It helps to balance the natural sebum in your scalp.

Rosemary oil– This oil has a minty smell to it helps to control sebum production, good for oily scalp and dandruff. It can help in preventing any pre-mature graying. It’s a good oil because it increases cellular metabolism therefore stimulating hair growth and promotes blood flow to the scalp.

Eucalyptus oil – this oil gives shine, promotes thickness and improves the overall health of hair. It promotes blood vessels constriction and cleansing of the scalp.

Lemon oil – it has this clean smell and it’s really good for scalp infections or scalp irritations especially from pulling of protective styling.

Ylang ylang oil – this oil is absolutely great if you have thin hair and trying to thicken your strands. It helps to minimise hair loss and helps to balance the natural sebum for the hair .

Jasmine – this a sweet oil derived from the flower Jasmine and it helps to prevent hair breakage. It easily penetrates through the hair shaft and has amazing moisturizing benefits. It also fights a dry itchy scalp and it softens the hair.

Chamomile oil – this is an oil that helps to soothe and hydrate an irritated scalp. It helps to reduce a dry scalp and is an excellent anti-flammatory for scars and an irritated scalp. If you have coloured hair it helps to restore your natural hair colour without bleaching or dying your hair.

Oils are definitely good for the hair as you absolutely know what you are putting into your hair. By using oils you are able to formulate your own personalized hair routine. At times we use products not knowing or understanding the ingredients on the labels but with oils you do. If you haven’t started incorporating oils in your hair regime, l encourage you to do so. Please note, always mix your essential oil with a carrier oil.

 

**As always comment below if you are a fan of essential oils or if you know of other essential oils that can be of help**

 

Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oils For Natural Hair – Carrier Oils

Hey natties!

Well l get a lot of questions on how natural oils work for the hair and their benefits. Let’s be honest knowing which oils work well can be a daunting experience  so l have compiled a list of few oils that are good and worthwhile to use on our hair journey. Just to bring to light, we have two main oil categories namely carrier and essentials but on today’s post l will focus on a few carrier oils to include in your hair regime.

Carrier oils

Carrier oil is a vegetable oil, derived from the fatty part of a plant, usually from the seeds of a kernel.We can also use them in food preparation. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils to prevent irritations that can arise from applying directly to the skin. They contain fatty acids that help to nourish the hair.It’s always advisable to use/choose oils based on the porosity of your hair to achieve best results. Not sure on what hair porosity is, you can have a look at my previous post on porosity!

Avocado oil :  is packed with biotin (strengthening agent), vitamin A (for maintaining healthy cell membranes) ,E, anti-oxidants,  also used in detanglers as it provides slip to your hair. This oil has high penetrative power so it will not sit on your hair.

Grapeseed oil : helps to lock in moisture, adds moisture to dry brittle hair and as well as prevent frizzy hair. This oil helps to minimise hair breakage and shedding because its contains anti-oxidants which help to discourage hair loss. It helps to rebuild damaged hair.

Alma oil : this product is mostly used in products that promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. It stimulates hair follicles and it cleanses the scalp to prevent build-up and drandruff.

Marula oil : this oil is found in our own country and has amazing benefits for the hair. This oil has high levels of antioxidants including vitamin C and oleic acid which can help to stimulate hair growth and make hair thicker, longer and stronger.

Castor Oil : this oil promotes hair thickness, can be used on the scalp to prevent hair loss. Its rich in an fatty acid called Retain which helps in scalp circulation. It is also an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil which can help in any scalp related problems or dandruff.

Coconut oil : this is one of the oils that helps to reduce protein loss in the hair. Its high penetrative and can provide your hair with minerals and vitamins. A good moisturiser.

Mafura butter : this is a nutrient-rich oil which helps to restore hair vitality, revive dry, brittle and damaged hair.

Hemp seed oil : this will work well if you have high porosity hair. This oil is made up of 25% protein. The high protein content in hemp seed oil, helps to strengthen hair, rebuild damaged hair and prevent breakage.

Jojoba oil : this oil controls hair loss and encourages to produce new hair follicles. Its a lightweight oil and prevents frizziness.

Olive oil : is an emollient and one of the best oils to penetrate the hair. Its packed with mineral oils, vitamins and if you use heat on your hair, it’s a good base. It improves your hair’s elasticity and adds shine. (One of my favourite oils)

Sunflower oil : has a rich in oleic which has omega 9, (fyi, omega 9 is the best fatty acid for hair growth). It also has vitamin A, E, C, B potassium and all that good stuff (Must try)

Sweet Almond oil : its a lightweight moisture plus it aids SOFTNESS in the hair. This oil in rich in vitamin A,E and when used regularly, it helps to control hair loss.

Baobab oil : This is a less spoken about oil but has amazing benefits to the hair. It helps to regenerate the hair, reverse any type of  hair damage, packed with vitamins and promoting healthy hair.

Monoi oil : l have seen this oil but l would be like oooh its looks fancy but l didn’t know it has heavy properties gurrrl.. I would say it’s a high end oil to coconut oil because they essential do the same thing. It’s a light weight oil, less greasy and high in vitamins..

 

**So there you it have it ladies, a list of useful oils to incorporate into your natural hair routine.. Do let me know below what’s your favourite carrier oil below and share any other carrier oils you know of!**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

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How to Protect Your Edges

Hey Natties,

Well if you know me, l literally protect my edges. I love my edges so much but a few months ago l suffered from a few bald spots and l have been working on my edges and l must say l am back on track. l have quite a few ladies who ask me on how to prevent thinning edges or baby hair falling out.

So your edges are those soft, wispy baby hairs that grow along your hairline and frame your face. They are the most fragile hairs on your head and it doesn’t take much to break them or to pull them out. This means they need extra care when you wash, moisturize, deep condition, and style your natural hair. But even if you have thinning or severely damaged edges, it’s not too late! I have a few tips to help you grow back your edges. And if your edges are healthy and you want to keep them that way, follow these same tips to let your edges thrive!

A big NO to tight or high maintenance styles that pull or put tension on your edges. If you feel any pain around the temples of your hair, that’s not good. Even high puffs and twists can damage your edges if you make them too tight. If you do get extensions, ask your stylist to leave out your edges. Hunnay, l repeat have your edges out or else your edges will moon-walk all the way back to your head and we are not about that life, right!

Minimise the use of gels that causes friction on the edges.I know kinky hair is not so neat and there’s a tendency to lay down the edges with gels but in the long-run our edges become so thin and we can lose them. I don’t use any gels, l just spritz water for a clean look.

Wrap and protect your edges at night with a silk/satin scarf or bonnet. Any other fabric (even the cotton of your pillowcase) will absorb oils and moisture from your hair, making it dry and brittle. Friction with the pillowcase will also snag and break your edges. Tie the scarf on your forehead instead of directly on your edges, to avoid friction.

Be careful of headbands, tight headwraps and hats. Look for headbands with a silk lining, or use a thin satin scarf in between your hat and your hair. Satin or silk will protect your fragile edges from catching or breaking on hats. Whenever l tie a headwrap or dhuku l always have a satin scarf underneath!

Whenever you moisturize your hair, don’t neglect your edges. Dry hair increases risk of breakage, and your edges are particularly vulnerable. Give them special attention and care, and always seal in moisture to prevent them drying out and breaking.

Massage edges with natural oils to keep moisturized and stimulate growth. The oils themselves stimulate growth and protect and strengthen your hair, and massaging your scalp also stimulates blood circulation and promotes growth. Castor oil, hemp seed and amla oil are great oils to promote growth and a healthy scalp!

Stop using heat. Since your edges are the most fragile hairs on your head, heat tools have the potential to completely fry them. If your edges are thinning, take a break from heat, and even if your edges are healthy, turn down the heat and use it less often.

Deep condition regularly to strengthen your edges (along with the rest of your hair.) Either make a home-made or off the shelf conditioner, which only contain natural ingredients that nourish, moisturize, and strengthen your hair.

Patience! Growing back your edges takes time. Just follow these steps, you’ll see results.

 

**So there you have it ladies, lets keep our hairline intact! Please share below if you have other tips that are helpful**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

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Winter Hair Care Tips

Hey Natties

First of all apologies for being low-key but l am definitely back at it. I’m sure we all have similar hair struggles this winter, where the hair suddenly becomes more dryer!  So l have switched up my haircare routine to prevent excess dryness, brittle struggling hair and split ends.  Below, I’m sharing a few natural hair tips to help you survive the weather this season, combat dryness, itchy scalp, and repair brittle tresses.

EAT HEALTHY & DRINK WATER

You are what you eat…and that includes your hair! Be sure to eat well-balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your curls will benefit from the vitamins and nutrients increasing growth, promoting shine, and keeping them moisturized and healthy. Also, drink tons of water! Two litres of water is sufficient, but a little more wouldn’t hurt either. If you’re in the mood for something sweet grab your a fresh fruit juice or smoothie.

DEEP CONDITION BI-WEEKLY

l am a lover of Deep conditioning due to its numerous hair benefits. Deep conditioning masks help the ingredients become beneficial to the health of your hair by deeply penetrating the hair shaft and promoting growth, moisture, and luster. Section by section, distribute your favorite deep conditioner from the roots to ends and let sit for about 20 minutes to an hour.

Homemade deep conditioners are famous among the naturals, just make sure your deep conditioner will allow your hair become more moisturized and strengthened with much less breakage.

THE LOC METHOD

For moisture that will last all week, try the LOC method when styling your hair. The LOC method consists of a leave-in conditioner to hydrate, an oil to seal the moisture, and a cream to define. This winter switch up, your light weight leave-in conditioner to heavy butters to surely seal in the moisture. I still use my LOC method to lock in the moisture and I personally love to use my homemade shea butter mix( Shea butter, olive oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil and avocado oil) to lock in that moisture and prevent any friziness. This trio is a triple threat when it comes to combating winter dryness!

Just take note, good results are often achieved by using products from the same brand and line because they are formulated to work together. However, if your favorite products come multiple brands, test their compatibility by rubbing a dime size of each together. Do they crumble when mixed? If so, the mixture is probably not going to work in your hair.

SLEEP IN SATIN

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can be damaging for your hair, causing unwanted breakage. If you’re not retaining length, that could be one reason. Instead, sleep in a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase every night to prevent friction, frizz, and dryness. This will also keep your hair looking fresh throughout the week.

OPEN UP WITH STEAM TREATMENTS

In order to take in all of the benefits of your favorite deep conditioner, do a steam treatment to open the hair follicles so the ingredients can successfully penetrate the shaft. Not only is the treatment great for your locks, but it’s also very relaxing. Sit under the hair steamer for approximately 20 minutes. If you do not have a steamer, you can steam your hair in the shower before rinsing your deep conditioner with cool water to close the follicles. Alternatively, you can incorporate more hot oil treatments on the wash day. Hot oil treatments, help to restore moisture, prevent breakage and adds more shine to the hair.

PROTECTIVE STYLYING

Well if you do suffer from hand in hair syndrome lols, protective styling can be of good help, this winter. Protective styling helps to tuck away our hair from the harsh weather conditions by allowing the ends of the hair being protected. Depending on which protective style you choose whether with your own hair – bantu knots, twists, flat twists, mini twists and cornrows, please do not neglect your hair. Just try to keep in the styles for more days to give your hair much needed break.

On the other hand, if you intend to keep your hair under wraps the majority of the winter, just keep them in for 2-8 weeks. Whether you decide to install straight back, crochet braids, box braids, faux locs, wigs and weaves, bear in mind to still shampoo and condition your hair.

PEPPERMINT OIL FOR DRY ITCHY SCALP

Many in the natural hair community stray from thicker oils and embrace more lightweight options, but castor oil is excellent for relieving a dry and itchy scalp during winter. Mix castor oil with a few drops of peppermint oil, simply massage into scalp daily and it will even promote hair growth especially for those who may be experiencing hair loss.

**So there you have it natties, tips to allow our hair to thrive this winter season! Please do share below if you any winter hair struggles or more additional good winter tips..**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

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#B2B Washday – Shampooing

Hey Natties

So on today’s post l will further discuss on the other option of washing your hair which is shampooing. If you missed the previous  post on Co-washing (click on the link to direct to post), please read. Let’s get right into it!

Wash day is a big event for natties and using the right shampoo makes all the difference or else the wrong shampoo will definitely lengthen your wash day. Shampooing basically means to cleanse your scalp by removing any product build-up due to many factors. Well there’s been talk regarding using alot of oils and moisturizers, whereas overtime you may subject your hair and scalp to build-up that simple Co-washing may not be able to solve. From a personal research, l have discovered that shampoos range from clarifying, moisturizing, sulfate-free, sulfate etc. As your own hair ambassador, just be sure to know what your hair needs and which shampoo to use.

*Good shampoos remove product build-up from ingredients such as silicones, mineral oil, petroleum etc. Most natties rave with the clay washes to remove build-up e.g Bentonite clay. N.B. Clay washes should be done once a month to avoid scalp irritation if used in excess.

*A good shampoo provides a good  amount of slip meaning slipperiness, if shampoo has slip it lathers well onto your hair and scalp.

*Ensures that the detangling process is made easier

*A good shampoo does not dry- out your hair after using it.

What are Sulfates?

Sulfates are primarily surfactants, meaning they have the ability to attract both oil and water. They are detergents found in many household and beauty products. Due to their unique properties they allow shampoos to separate dirt and oil from your hair and help actually clean your hair. They are also the reason why shampoos lather when mixed with water.  Sulfate shampoos, depending on your hair habits and how easily build up occurs may sometimes be the only answer to ensuring that your hair is properly cleansed and is back to it’s fresh state. It’s all about frequency and moderation.The most common sulfates found in shampoos are:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate  (SLS)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Ammonium Laurly Sulfate (ALS)

In the future l write a post about sulfates and sulfate-free shampoos. Now that the theoretical part is done with, let me outline a shampoo guideline that can help you.

Shampoo Process

Step 1: l plait my hair into medium twists as this allows me to work on one section at a time plus hair is easier to manage.

Step 2: l apply my Aunt Jackie’ s “Oh so clean” moisturizing shampoo and lather onto my scalp and massage the product to remove all the dirt.

Step 3: l rinse with warm water and repeat step 2, two or three times.

Step 4: l just wash with cold water.. Wash-day done!!

Product Suggestion

  • Oh So Clean Aunty Jackie’s moisturizing shampoo
  • Tresemme shampoo with Aloe Vera

Just a little side note, another type of shampoo is known as a dry shampoo. Well l haven’t tried it but l will do.  Anyways let me know if you have tried the dry shampoo method and if it works. 

**As always, just let me know below, what is your favorite shampoo and why?**

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

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