Naturally Repair and Grow your own Hair

All Natural Hair growth

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There are a lot of products out there that promise changes to our hair growth and repair process. How many of those products can also give you a full list of all natural ingredients that you can trust and pronounce.

Most of the ingredients found in NatBNat can be bought at your local stores if you wished. I do however, selectively pick all my products from different areas for the most potent ingredients and results. A more organic product will over exceed every time.

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Here are one of my favorite mixtures to use for clients who are requesting repair or growth remedies:

(First and foremost, drink plenty of clean water and eat lots of ORGANIC fruit- Label numbers starting with 9’s. Align your health goals with whatever you desire. It doesn’t have to be overboard, but should increase within time!)

Castor Oil

Olive Oil

Carrot Oil

Mix these oils together and apply twice a day to the scalp and roots. Protect your hair. Use silk scarves or pillow cases. Clean it well. And repeat. You can also add in natural oral substances like fenugreek to your daily vitamins.

All Natural Homemade Deep Conditioner

Homemade All Natural Deep Repairing Conditioner

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I have always loved trying new and different types of conditioners. I must say I am a bit obsessed with DIY hair care.  I have three beautiful baby girls and a husband with beautiful, thick, and curly hair. I have to manage styling all 5 of our heads! It was a challenge at first, but I just had to learn my products and how they interact with our hair. A majority of the time the best working products would be my own homemade mixtures! I knew exactly what I needed and desired out of hair care for myself and my family. I wanted the most natural products available so I decided to create my own.

I discovered some essential benefits from creating my own conditioner. My entire family’s hair is so much healthier after using these ingredients. It has only been a few months, but the results are incredible! I still use different natural brands of conditioner, but this has saved me tons of money and heartache.

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My overall favorite additions to include in my conditioner would be olive oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and fenugreek powder. All of these ingredients can be added to the mixture for a deeper repair. You can melt the shea butter and mix all ingredients in one container.   This combination works wonders! Leave it on for up to 30 minutes with a plastic cap. If you want the conditioner to settle even more sit under a hair dryer with the plastic cap. After 30 minutes has passed wash the conditioner out thoroughly.

These ingredients have helped strengthen and grow our hair out. I deep condition at least once a week and follow with either a leave-in conditioner or overnight oil treatment with olive oil or Jamaican castor oil.

 

What’s the best way to straighten my naturally curly hair?

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With curly hair it can be a real process to get it straight….. It may take some tender love and care, but it is certainly possible!

Of course we love our natural tresses because they embody a volume and empowerment that we are proud to rock, but some of us can manage the thickness better straight. Personally, I just enjoy changing styles without damaging my natural texture.

It took me years to get my hair straight and healthy. I usually wear my hair curly or in a protective style, but I found success with wearing my hair straight as long as I did some damage control and used minimal heat.

Make sure you use clarifying shampoo and deep condition the hair before straightening. I use a mixture that I created for my family. I’ll post the ingredients soon. You want to choose a deep conditioner that really nourishes your hair. This is a very crucial part of any hair care routine and type whether it be straight or curly. You may also want to have some type of protection hair oil and leave- in, or even and a rich straightening conditioner. Be careful of the ingredients in the products that you purchase and stay away from sulfate and parbens.

The type of conditioning that you do to your hair will prepare your hair for the straightening. It will determine your texture and frizz.

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Kinky curly friends, to maintain the healthiness and thickness of your hair you must remember…..

Always moisturize. Keep your hair hydrated it will improve the overall health of your hair. This will make it so much easier to manage and maintain. This will also help with any previous or future damage by adding the nutrients needed to strengthen and repair the hair. Always detangle from the bottom to top with a wide toothed comb.

Use a protective style and satin head wrap. Whenever you are sleeping, working out, or just laying around use a protective style such as wrapping the hair or braids and in a silk scarf or hair bonnet. This will keep the hair detangled and moisturized.

It’s best to use a titanium or ceramic plated flat iron at about 300-350 degrees. Depending on your hair type or how your curls react to heat you may need higher or lower temperatures. I stay at about 300-350. (I blow dry on a very low heat and chase with a bristle brush if I’m in a hurry.) Before actually flat ironing your hair be sure to detangle from bottom to top and apply heat protectant. Flat iron in small sections to get hair as straight as possible. Chase the ends of the hair with a smaller toothed comb or brush to help the hair to stretch the curl. Apply protectant before flat ironing each section. This is very important because you want to protect your curls from the heat.

After flat ironing your hair wrap it up. Wrap your hair daily to keep it as straight and as protected as possible. Keep the flat irons and as much heat as possible off of your hair. When I use this method it will last for about two weeks as long as I keep it wrapped daily. After the hairstyle starts to draw up I usually start the twist out process or do a simple ponytail for another week or so.

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I have found by keeping the heat to a minimum that I protect my hair and retain the length and health. If you don’t need to blow dry after washing try air drying or braiding/twisting your hair out to decrease even more heat.

Often I follow these hairstyles with a protective style for a few weeks. I straighten my hair maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I have found that it grows healthier and is easier for me to maintain curly. I do have several processes for those of us who love to wear our natural curls straight that I will also share.

Overall, remember to keep your curls moisturized and protected to maintain the style and don’t overheat. Enjoy your beautiful and healthy straight hair and watch your curls revert back to their natural selves.

 

 

Why is My Hair so Curly?

It’s the question that us curly hair textured individuals tend to ask ourselves from time to time….

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Well the answer is simple, but not so simple…

And I’m sure you’ll love the outcome!

The term “nappy” has been coined beyond negativity.

Definition of nappy for English Language Learners:

of hair : having many tight bends or curls

With the nappiest texture being one described as full of curls.

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A history of curls…

 

Have you ever examined your exquisite coils? They are truly remarkable in each of their design. These coils are extremely fascinating from the beauty of the shape to the brawn of the texture.

People predominately from Western Africa (not the entire continent of people have extra kinky hair – Eastern Africans like Ethiopians for example) have extra kinky hair as a defense mechanism against the sun. Same reason our skin is so dark.

Darker skin has more melanin and the more concentrated this is, the more protection it provides to the scalp against the Sun’s rays. That’s not to say you are immune at all, but if you are living in an extremely hot climate that exposes you to more of the Sun you have way more of an advantage if your skin contains high levels of melanin. You still require the protective measures of the Sun, but you don’t need as many vitamin D supplements because your body provides it’s nutrients with the help of the Rays!

Hair on the top of the head that coils and coils and is very dense and close to the scalp protects your scalp/head from the sun as well. So when you’re out shopping, swimming, or just outdoors the sun won’t fry your brain. So the original man, because of where he was located, evolved to have extremely dark skin and extremely coily/kinky hair to protect him from the Sun’s exposure.

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Thousands of years ago, as people started to migrate and populate the world, they evolved or changed, just like any other animal, to adapt to their environment. Those who moved to much colder climates needed more vitamin D in their skin and did not require or need so much melanin so they paled. Their hair got less kinky so it could help warm them as it was easier for the hair to show length the straighter it is.

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If you look at the planet, you can pretty much see that people look the way they look in response to their environment. It’s not perfect (because of other nations conquering other nations, producing different looking people than the original people that were there) because the adaption takes thousands of years, but that’s why people look different in a nutshell. Once you know this it really makes racism look even more ridiculous……

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