Top Five Oils Used in My Natural Hair Care Regimen

The use of oils are very popular in the natural hair care world.  They have many benefits and are used in various ways to provide bounce and shine to our natural hair. Oils shouldn’t be used solely to provide moisture. Their purpose is to seal in the moisture you get from water or a leave in conditioner.

Oils (as it relates to hair) can be used in pre-poos, hot oil treatments, deep conditioning,  oil rinses, and as a sealant.

I have made of list of some popular oils used by naturals. Check it out below!

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1. Jojoba Oil – derived from the seeds of evergreen jojoba shrubs (Simmondsia chinensis). It is native to Arizona, California and Mexico. It is the only oil whose molecular structure is similar to sebum (the oil that the scalp naturally produces.). This light and non-greasy oil helps to add shine, elasticity and softness to hair. It has antibacterial properties. It can also soothe the scalp and can be used to treat dryness.

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2. Coconut Oil – an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). It has various applications in food, medicine, and industry. Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize as a result it has a shelf life up to two years. Using coconut oil can promote hair growth and reduces breakage. It is light weight and also provides sheen to your hair.

I prefer to use a jojoba oil and coconut oil mixture to seal in moisture to my natural hair because both are so lightweight and they absorb in my hair very well. The combination leaves my hair soft to the touch.

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3. Olive Oil – is a fat obtained from the olive (the fruit of Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives.
It consists of monounsaturated, saturated, and polyunsaturated fats as well as vitamin E and K but does not contain protein.

Olive oil has a shelf life of 2 years from manufacture date. After this time, it is still safe to ingest, however color and taste may be altered. Store in a dark, room-temperature cabinet.

Olive oil makes the hair easier to manage. Unhealthy hair is not easy to style; it is either limp or frizzy. Using olive oil as a hot oil treatment will make your hair healthy and manageable once again.
It can also soften the hair. Our natural hair can be rough and course. Weekly olive oil treatments are a natural way to soften our hair because it will saturate our hair with moisture.

After my weekly shampoo, I generously coat my hair with a regular conditioner (usually Tresemme) then top with olive oil and apply a plastic cap. I leave it in for about 3-5 minutes then rinse. My hair is feels stronger, softer and looks very shiny. This treatment works for damaged an/or course hair when used every time you wash your hair.

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4. Castor Oil – is extremely rich vitamin E and essential fatty acids that are important for healthy hair growth. It thickens hair, promotes hair growth, prevents thinning, helps reduce split ends and helps to tame frizz. Castor oil contains anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties which helps prevents scalp infections, like ring worms.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil highly sought after and wildly popular among naturals because it isa raw, unrefined form of castor oil. So it is a form of castor oil that has retained most, if not all of its nutritive properties.

I have used castor oil as one of the ingredients of a hot oil treatment and sometimes mixed in with my deep conditioners. It is so thick and heavy that I tend to have to mix before use. It is a wonderful hair oil and I love its benefits.

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5. Avocado oil – is particularly great for natural hair. It’s loaded with nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D, and E. And it’s excellent for moisturizing, deep conditioning, improving hair strength, strengthening hair, and boosting shine. The vitamins, amino acids, and high fat content promote healthy cell growth and are great for maintaining and restoring scalp health (dry, itchy scalp).

I use avocado oil as an ingredient of my hot oil treatment.

These are the five oils that I used in my natural hair. Each has its own benefits and they work best for my hair. I love to mix them to together to make hot oil treatments or mix all of them in my deep conditioner. But I don’t always use all of them at once. I may only use one for a week. So don’t feel like you have to use all to get great results. Start with one and gradually try more.

I would like to know! What oils do you use in your hair care regimen? How do you use them?

~Stay Curly my Friends❤~

Deep Conditioning is Essential to Natural Hair Care

Deep conditioning should be apart of your weekly natural hair care regimen mainly because it adds moisture to our hair, which helps our hair maintain elasticity, prevents breakage and restores strength.

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I have researched and discovered a few sites that will assist you in learning how to and why we should continue to deep condition our natural hair!

….Hope you enjoy!

http://blackgirllonghair.com/tag/deep-conditioning/

http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/11/how-to-properly-deep-condition-natural_27.html

https://www.transitioningmovement.com/default.aspx?CN=0255CAE5A77A

http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/08/6-tips-for-deep-conditioning-natural.html

http://hairscapades.com/2013/02/05/why-i-stopped-deep-conditioning-overnight/

How often do you deep condition your hair?  What are your favorite deep conditioners?  Please share in the comment section below.

~Stay Curly My Friends!~

Product Review: EDEN BodyWorks

Its Product Review Time!

Hello! I was recently product hunting in Sally Beauty for something new to try and stumbled upon the EDEN Bodyworks Coconut product line. I was instantly intrigued because the product line claimed to be all natural. So I decided to give them a try!  I have given you a full review of the two products I purchased. Check out my thoughts below..

EDEN BodyWorks™ provides natural products that integrate wellness and beauty inspired by nature to restore and maintain the hair and body’s original design.

The three brands offered:
Peppermint Tea Tree
All Natural Peppermint Tea Tree products treat scalp problems and remove all traces of dirt and oil buildup to create a healthy environment for hair to grow. You’ll love the tingle!
Jojoba Monoi
Our All Natural Jojoba Monoi products replenish and restore moisture to dry and brittle hair. Experience less breakage and improve hair’s elasticity with extended use. By balancing the hair’s natural oils, our Jojoba Monoi products protect against moisture loss and improve the condition of damaged hair.
Coconut Shea
Our All Natural Coconut Shea collection was developed to infuse and add moisture. Coconut Oil helps improve hair strength. Combined with Shea Butter, this collection will leave hair more manageable, strong, and nourished.

I am reviewing the EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural leave In Conditioner and EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Pudding Soufflé.

Price /Where to buy
$8.47 both WalMart (online and in stores)
$8.49 both Sallys Beauty (online and in stores).
$8.99 both CurlMart.com

Coconut Shea All Natural Pudding Soufflé 16 oz

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Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol,
Butryospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E),
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ethylhexyl
Palmitate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides,
Polyquaternium-11, Glycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Fragrance (Parfum),
Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

Ingredient Attribute:   Cruelty Free
Silicone Free
Paraben Free
Sulfate Free

Company claims the COCONUT SHEA All Natural Pudding Soufflé has a soft hold
It adds moisture to dry, thirsty tresses using an exotic blend of all natural ingredients
formulated to reduce frizz, enhance textured styles, and provides a soft, shiny finish.

Consistency of product: thick and creamy appearance. Easily melts in your hand. Lightweight to the touch.
Smell: heavy coconut scent.

Eden Body Works Coconut Shea All Natural Leave-In Conditioner 8 fl oz

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Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Sodium PCA, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance (Parfum), PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol

Ingredient Attributes: moisture, no silicones, humectant

Company claims it’s a daily conditioning treatment formulated with one of nature’s best moisturizers, Coconut Oil, to penetrate and revitalize tresses. It’s blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture. A Sulfate free formula that is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair.

Consistency of product: medium thick and creamy appearance. Similar to a lotion. Lightweight to the touch.
Smell: heavy coconut scent.

How I used it on my hair and how it reacted to the product.
I used the leave-in conditioner to moisturize my hair and I haven’t stopped using it!! I absolutely love this product. It makes my hair soft to the touch and it seems as though the tangles melt away as soon as I apply it. The leave-in conditioner is my new staple product. I am so glad I tried it.

The All Natural Soufflé worked wonders for my hair. I have only used it for twist outs so far but It gives me GREAT definition each time. My hair also feels very soft and moisturized when I am taking down the twists. I have gotten so many compliments.

This product is definitely my new go to when I want defined and fabulous hair. The two products work together to produce great results for me each time!

What’s the rate out of 10. Would I purchase or use again?
I rate both products a 10/10. I will definitely use and purchase these products again – as I said, my new staple products! I thought the price was very reasonable for the results I received.  I also like that it is sold in stores, like WalMart and Sally Beauty,  which makes it very convenient to pick up.

Did I mentioned I LOVE THESE PRODUCTS?! :-)

See my results! I have used it for about three weeks now.

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Have you tried the EDEN Bodyworks products line? If so, tell me what you think in the comment section below.

Have a question? Shoot me an email at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com

~Stay Curly my Friends!~

Relaxers vs. Fibriods

I found a couple of interesting articles about the link between relaxers and fibroids from BlackDoctors.org and Ynaija.com.

Check out the links below! >>>

http://blackdoctor.org/2825/do-relaxers-cause-fibroids/

http://www.ynaija.com/new-study-links-hair-relaxers-to-fibroid-tumours-in-women/

I never associated the two but after reading the article I think the scientific findings make sense. The one thing I know for sure is that reading articles like this continues to support my decision to remain natural.

What’s your opinion  of relaxers? Please share in the comment section below.

As always, If you have any question, concerns and/or comments please contact me healthyhairhabits@gmail.com

~Stay  Curly My Friends!♥~

Curly or Straight? The choice is yours…

Our Natural Hair is so versatile…  That is why I love it so much!

If you are tired of curls??

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Just wear it straight!!

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Use these tips when straightening natural hair….
  • Thoroughly cleanse your hair with shampoo not cleansing conditioner, condition and then deep condition your hair for about 30 minutes (for greater penetration sit under a hooded dryer)
  • Then apply a light coating of leave-in conditioner followed by  an oil to lock in your moisture.  Next, you should apply a heat protectant of your choice.
TIP:
Skip the blowdryer... if you can, chunky braid, roller set, or pony tail roller set (cheat set) the hair to stretch it. Air dry overnight or sit under a bonnet dryer.

But if you must blowdry, blot excess moisture and allow your hair to airdry for 15 minutes prior to starting.  Blowdrying wet hair can lead to loss of elasticity and in the long run, breakage. Keep the heat setting as low as possible and hold the nozzle a few inches away from the hair.
  • Detangle the section thoroughly with a wider tooth comb. Flat iron hair in VERY small sections with your ceramic plated iron using the comb chase method. The comb chase method is where you take a fine tooth comb and run it down a section of hair while allowing the flat iron to follow or “chase” the comb all the way down to the ends. To minimize heat usage, only do one pass with the flat iron. More that one is not necessary to get your hair straight.
  • Keep the temperature as low as possible… start on a cooler setting and go up incrementally (5 degrees if possible) until you reach an effective temp.  The straighter you get your hair in the stretching process, the less heat you’ll need while flat ironing. I don’t recommend using over 400 degrees.
  • Finally, no touch-ups!  When your hair is beginning to revert, bantu knot or twist it to achieve a wave pattern.  Never flat iron dirty hair.  Sleep in a satin cap at night.

For any questions or concerns, please contact me  at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com.

~Stay Curly my Friends!~

10 Natural Hair Care Tips for the Winter Season

Winter is here and the harsh cold air sometimes leads to breakage. But with proper hair care your natural hair can grow just fine despite the less than ideal conditions of winter.

I have compiled a list of 10 tips you should consider using during the winter months ahead of us.

1. Keep your ends tucked away 

Use protective styles. They keep your ends hidden from the cold and dry air, helping to reduce moisture loss.  Protective styles also keep your hair up and away from your winter scarves, coats, and sweaters, helping to reduce breakage as well.  Save the “out” styles for rare occasions.

2. Switch to heavier sealants

Heavier sealants (like whipped butters mixed with oils) can provide longer-lasting moisture retention in the wintertime.  Hair tends to be drier during the winter months; so light oils/products may not be as effective.  

3. Incorporate pre-poos and/or co-washes 

If not there already, add Pre-poos (pre-shampoo treatments) and co-washes (conditioner washes) to your weekly regimen. They help protect against moisture loss during the washing process during the cold season.  Pre-poos consist of oils, conditioners, or both and are left on the hair for several minutes or hours prior to washing your hair.  Co-washes typically involve washing with a rinse-out conditioner instead of a shampoo.

4. Wear satin lined hats

It’s  hard not to wear a hat in the wintertime, but if you’re a natural you should invest in one that is lined with satin. It will keep you warm and keep your strands protected at the same time!

5. Deep condition once a week

If you already deep condition on a regular basis –great! If not, this is the perfect time to start. Deep conditioning once a week will keep your hair moisturized and strong enough to handle the harsh weather conditions . I see a significant difference each time I deep condition. I suggest that you add to your regimen ASAP!

6. Avoid using heated appliances as much as possible.

Using direct heat with appliances often such as a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron is known to cause breakage and ruin your natural texture/curl pattern anyway. Basically frying your hair. Using it often in the winter time dries hair out even more. Try letting your hair air dry instead of blow drying it.

7.  Try finger detangling vs. combs

Your fingers are able to feel knots and snags that your comb cannot, giving you the advantage of detecting those rough spots. When combing if you normally see tons of those tiny hairs covering your bathroom sink with finger combing you may get that number down to an insignificant few. That means you are able to retain much more hair in the long run.

8. Moisturize more often

This is a no-brainer! Winter cold conditions  can quickly dry natural hair. So make sure to moisturize those ends daily (or as needed) with a leave-in and  follow up with an oil to seal in that moisture.

9. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase or wear a satin bonnet to bed

Cotton can be very rough on your hair – it absorbs the moisture in your hair and its fibers can cause your hair to tangle, creating tiny fairy knots which can lead to split ends. Satin is much smoother and does not absorb moisture, leaving your hair soft while you sleep.

10. Drink Water

Drinking water will promote healthier scalp and healthier hair. When your body doesn’t get enough water, it begins to dry out. The skin and hair are the first and most noticeable areas of dryness from dehydration. The best advice I received was to think of my hair like a plant. You must water it or it will die (hair breakage and spilt ends is dead hair.)

What is your winter regimen? Please share in the comment section below.

If you have any questions please contact me at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com.

~Stay Curly My Friends!~

Happy Holidays! Let’s celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

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The  holiday season is upon us.

This means it’s time to celebrate with a happy holiday giveaway!

Visit and post on HEALTHY HAIR HABITS❤ for the chance to win this beautiful custom-made fabric bracelet set with matching button earrings by me!!

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To enter, simply leave the comment YES TO HEALTHY HAIR under any this post or any article of your choice on my blog healthyhairhabits.wordpress.com.

Contest ends at 11:00pm on Friday, December 13, 2013.

The randomly selected winner will be named on Monday, December 16, 2013.

Good Luck!

But Wait!

You do not have to wait to win the giveaway to get the prize.  My custom-made bracelet sets are available for sale now!

Each set has 4 hand crafted bracelets plus a pair of matching button earrings (of your choice). All for $17.99 with free shipping! They make excellent stocking stuffers.

If you are interested in purchase or need more information, please contact me by email at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com.

✰✰HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM HEALTHY HAIR HABITS❤✰✰

Do-It-Yourself Wig Tutorial by Luxurious CandyLocks

Wigs serve as excellent “protective styles.”  Why, you ask. Because they cover your head and allow your hair to be tucked away without daily interferences.

Have you ever worn a wig to give your natural hair a break?  Most naturals love the convenience of rocking a nice wig. It also offers the versatility of wearing different hairstyles without a permanent commitment.

With the right wig, you will never have a bad hair day.  Most wigs are purchased already styled and ready to wear.  A quick run of a comb, fingers, or a brush through it and you’re on your way!

Wearing wigs can also help save money!

Instead of having to visit the salon multiple times a month to style your hair, you can substitute that with a wig that is already the style you want.  The best part is you can always put it down and revisit that look months later without having to pay for that style again.

Creating a wig on your own allows you to be creative and also keep some money in your pockets.

If you don’t have time to make one, let Candance of Luxurious CandyLocks hook you up!

She also has videos dedicated to guiding you step-by-step through the process!

Below are a couple of Luxurious CandyLocks videos to check out now!

Be sure to check out her Youtube channel, Candancej12 for more hair tutorials.

Here’s Candance’s contact information.

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✰Stay Curly My Friends!✰