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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

3 Simple Ways To Use Coconut Oil on Your Hair Today

Coconut oil is probably one of the most versatile oils to use on your hair. Not to mention, coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing and works great as a sealant.

If you are looking to add a few new oils to your natural hair care regimen, then you definitely want to experiment with coconut oil.

Here are 3 simple ways you can use coconut oil on your hair today.


We all know how important it is to have clean hair but a lot of us cannot stand that dry feeling after our hair has been shampooed. Regardless of what type of shampoo you use, its main goal is to remove dirt, oils, and grime from your hair, which in most cases causes your hair to feel dry. Pre-pooing, or pre-shampooing is a great way to prepare your hair for the shampoo process. By applying a healthy amount of coconut oil to your hair before shampooing, you will create a moisture barrier. Your hair will be squeaky clean and maintain its moisture at the same time.

 Deep Conditioner 

 Natural hair needs a lot of moisture and one of the best ways to give your hair the moisture it needs is by deep conditioning. Now, store or salon-bought deep conditioning products work great but there is nothing like a natural product when it comes to deep conditioning. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that penetrate the hair shaft, meaning that the oil is slowly absorbed into the hair follicle and works to strengthen from the inside out. The longer you leave coconut oil on your hair, the better. The best way to utilize its amazing moisture powers is to apply a healthy amount to your hair, cover your hair with a shower cap, and then sit under a seated dryer for 30 minutes at a time. Your hair will thank you.

 Styling Aid

 One of the fun things about wearing your natural hair is all of the beautiful hairstyles. Our hair texture is so adaptable; making it easy for us to try different looks. Coconut oil will help you to create those gorgeous hairstyles and you won’t have to worry about your hair drying out like it does with some other styling products. If you like to wear your hair in two-strand twists, try adding a small amount of coconut oil to each section of your hair before you begin your twists. When you are ready to untwist your hair, you will be amazed by hiw soft and shiny your twists look.

 Coconut oil mixed with water also can be used as styling pomade or as an edge control product. For better results, spritz your edges with water and then apply a little bit of coconut oil to the area with a toothbrush. You then want to cover your hair with a silk or satin scarf and leave it on for at least an hour; you will love the sleek look!

 The great thing about coconut oil is that it is really affordable. Visit your local super market or health food store and start using coconut oil today.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How To Successfully Transition from Relaxed To Natural Hair

The journey of transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair can, at times, feel overwhelming.

Luckily with the right regimen, you can make the process a lot easier while enjoying your beautiful hair.

 If your number one goal is to maintain length while growing out your relaxed hair, then transitioning is the best option.

To transition means to allow your relaxed hair to grow out while nurturing your natural hair at the same time.

As your natural hair grows in, you will be dealing with two different types of hair textures. Dealing with two types of hair textures may seem difficult but the use of the right products will make the process a lot easier to do.

 Learn What Works 

While getting to know your new growth, you will want to learn how to deal with your natural hair. This may be your first encounter with the different hair texture and you may be unfamiliar with how to properly care for it. You should take time to learn all that you can about your hair type. You can do this by speaking with a hair care expert or by reading articles online. The more information you have, the better off you and your hair will be. Learn what works for your newly grown-in hair by testing different products and hairstyles as well.

 Conditioners Are Your Best Friend 

Speaking of testing products, conditioners are the easiest to begin with when it comes to experimenting and playing with different products. There are so many conditioners available to choose from and in a variety of prices. To begin with, you’ll want to start with a conditioner that can be used for co-washing (conditioner washing). You will also want a good leave-in conditioner that will be used after the hair is washed. Lastly, you will want a deep conditioner that would be used on clean hair at least twice a month. All three conditioners will ensure that your transitioning hair is highly moisturized all of the time.

 Avoid Heat

Frequently using heat on any hair texture can eventually cause damage. Especially while you are transitioning, the use of heat can cause your fragile hair to easily break off. You may be used to the sleek styles that hot styling tools bring but unfortunately, they can do more harm than good. If you are looking to achieve a straight style, there are alternatives. You can wrap your wet hair and sit under a hooded dryer for 45 minutes or more. You can also use curlers in a variety of sizes and either sit under a dryer or wear them to bed. You will love the curly look and your natural hair and relaxed hair will blend beautifully. There are so many styling tools on the market now that allow for you to still get a great style, and keep your hair healthy at the same time.

Have Patience 

There may be days when you feel overwhelmed by your transitioning hair. When this happens you want to remember why you started the journey in the first place. Constantly take pictures of your progress so that you can see how far you’ve come. Take a look at all of the beautiful natural hairstyles available online for inspiration. You can also try out a protective style like braids to give yourself a break from dealing with your hair. Remember to practice patience and be kind to your hair during the process.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How To Detangle Natural Hair

If you are in the process of transitioning to natural hair or if you have recently done the big chop, you probably have discovered how difficult it can be to detangle your hair.

 For a lot of us, our goal is to retain as much length as we can. The best way to do this is by treating your hair with as much care as possible. Believe it or not, but we lose a lot of hair during the process of detangling.

  Part Your Hair In Sections 

The best way to prevent hair loss is to take your time while detangling. Even though it is a bit more time consuming, combing the hair in sections will help you to maintain your length. Investing in a set of large clips will allow you to easily separate your hair while going through the process of detangling each section.

Invest In A Wide Toothed Comb

 You will also want to invest in a wide toothed comb. Combs with smaller teeth don’t allow for much space and in turn, cause stress to your tresses. A wide toothed comb will be able to easily pass through your hair. You may have to comb through each sections a few times, but you will be happy with your retained length.

Finger Detangling 

You may decide that combing your hair with a wide toothed comb still causes too much stress on your hair. Finger detangling or finger combing is a great alternative. With finger detangling, you will rake your fingers through a small section of your hair. The goal is to find knots so that you can slowly pull them apart. Whether you are using a comb or your fingers, it is best to start detangling at the ends of your hair and work your way up. Much more length will be retained this way.

Apply an Oil or Conditioner To Your Hair

 Your hair will respond much better to your detangling methods, if you add oil or conditioner to each section. By applying an oil or conditioner, you will give your hair a bit of a slip, which will allow the comb to easily slide through your hair. Coconut oil or olive oil work great to detangle hair. A conditioner that has a high moisture base is the best option for detangling your hair.

 Remember; take your time while detangling. This process is not something that should be rushed. Detangling is not something that should be done when you are short on time. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to an hour to do a thorough job. You will be satisfied with the results over a time