Monthly Archives: November 2013

Accessorize Your Hair!

Natural Hair Puffs can be boring.  Spice it up  with an accessory!
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How do you  accessorize your hair?

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~Stay Curly my Friends!~

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Should I Deep Condition or Not? No question!

Is adding a deep conditioning treatment to your regimen a good idea?

I NEVER deep conditioned my hair when it was relaxed, aside from occasional salon visits.  I never saw the need to add that step into my hair care regimen.

Once I went natural, I found an abundance of deep conditioning advice.  I also found that frequent deep conditioning is essential in order to maintain healthy hair, especially natural hair.

Using heated styling-tools and dyes damages and dries out hair.  Over manipulation and exposure to the elements (the sun and cold air) can also damage hair and strip its natural moisture.

So is adding a deep conditioning treatment to your regimen a good idea?

Definitely!

It helps to restore and to replenish your hair’s natural moisture and body.

I deep condition once a week, every time I wash my hair. I find it necessary because using deep conditioners restores moisture to my hair and scalp, it makes my hair soft to the touch and it contributes to making my hair more manageable.

There are literally thousands of methods to deep condition hair from protein treatments to color treated treatments to moisturizing treatments. The trick is finding one that works for you!

I primarily use two types of deep conditioners.  I use the Organics Hair Mayonnaise Treatment for Damaged Hair and I make my own avocado moisturizing deep treatment (see post).

Below is a list of the steps of a typical deep conditioning according to WikiHow:

1.    Find a deep conditioning treatment that’s right for your hair type. There are many products on the market designed to restore moisture to hair.  The trick is to find one that meets your specific needs.

**Products made with heavier oils can weigh hair down.

**If you have African-American hair, look for products made with olive oil, coconut oil or other oils.

**If you have fine hair, look for products that are described as “light” or “weightless.”

**If you have curly hair, look for products designed to eliminate frizz.

2.    Wash your hair.  Use a gentle shampoo that won’t strip your hair too much.  Avoid shampoos made with sulfates. Sulfates are abrasive cleaning agents that strip hair of its natural oils and lead to dryness and breakage.

3.    Apply the deep conditioning product.  Squeeze it from the bottle directly onto your head. Smooth it from your roots down your hair shaft. Make sure to saturate the ends. The ends are the oldest parts of your hair and are usually drier and more weatherworn than the rest of your hair. If necessary, use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the product.

4.    Cover your head with plastic.  Most deep conditioning treatments require only 15-45 minutes to set and get to the core of each strand of your hair.  Covering your head with a plastic shower cap keeps the conditioner in place.

**If you don’t have a plastic shower cap, you can use plastic wrap, though it may be a bit messier. Just tear off a few sheets and use them to cover your head, tucking the plastic behind your ears. Use a headband or a piece of string to keep the plastic wrap in place.

**Avoid using a material other than plastic!  Fabric or other materials may absorb the product.  The goal is for your hair, not a towel or other piece of material, to get all the benefits of the conditioner.

5.    Apply heat. (Not Required) Some products suggest adding heat to your hair, which allows your hair to better absorb the product. Use a hooded dryer on a low setting to thoroughly heat up the product once it is applied.

**You can use body heat instead of a hair dryer to get similar results. The plastic cap and the natural heat from your head are sufficient to make the process work.

6.    Rinse out the product.  Remove the shower cap or plastic wrap and rinse your hair with cool water. This will tighten the hair shaft and make it look shiny.  After rinsing, dry your hair gently with an old T-shirt, then let it air dry and style as usual.

If done frequently, your hair should continually be bouncy, glossy and well conditioned.

Let’s Talk. How do  you deep condition? Leave your comment in the section below.

Contact me at healthyhairhabits @gmail.com with any questions or comments.

~Stay Curly my Friends!~

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Avocado Deep Conditioning Treatment

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If you think avocados are only good for guacamole, you are highly mistaken!

An Avocado is a pear shaped fruit native to Mexico, Guam and Central America.  Most people do not know that avocados have a number of beneficial uses for the skin, hair and general health.

The avocado is naturally loaded with essential nutrients; and it is traditionally used for treating several health and skin problems. We all might recognize it best on a plate with lettuce, sour cream, cheese and re-fried beans.

Generally, avocados enhance growth and contribute to healthier hair because it is a rich source of proteins, amino acids and vitamins.  Many naturals, myself included, use avocado oil to treat and rejuvenate dry, damaged or lifeless hair and to add moisture to the scalp. It deep conditions hair strands leaving them shiny and full of life.

I like to use rip avocados as a base for my deep conditioner. It never fails to leave my hair moisturized and soft with a shiny and healthy appearance.

The recipe for my Avocado Moisturizing Deep Conditioner is as follows:

1-2 ripened avocados

1/2 cup of coconut milk

1 teaspoon of olive oil, coconut oil and/or jojoba oil (Use your favorite oil(s).)

1-2 teaspoons of honey

*Note: These are estimates. You can use more or less as needed to cover your entire head.

Be sure to mix well. Under mixing usually results in avocado particles in your hair later.

Tip:  Use a blender to create a smooth and creamy paste-like substance.

Directions:

  • Coat your hair with the avocado mixture.
  • Put on a plastic cap.
  • Sit under a hair dryer for approx. 30 minutes.
  • Rinse well with cool water. Then style as usual.
**If you have homemade do-it-yourself deep conditioners that you love, please share in the comment section below**

 If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact me healthyhairhabits@gmail.com

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The Benefits of Protective Styling

I love the concept of protective styling, a term which can vary from person to person. I define it as hairstyles that can protect the hair from physical and environmental disturbances. Most times the ends, which are the oldest and most fragile part of the hair, are concealed.

Buns, flat twists updos, Bantu knots and braids are some examples of protective styles. Protective styles can be achieved with just about any hair length. You can use hair extensions or wigs etc.; or use only your hair.

Naturals with TWAs can opt for coils. Create coils by twirling a rat-tail-comb or your index finger around a section of hair.  The squared sections of hair should measure less than an inch.  Twirl each section of hair until coils form.

One of the major benefits of protective styling is that it allows for quick styling when time is of the essence.  Most of us with kinky hair are all toamiliar with the challenges that come with maintaining it.

I, for one, am a fan of any hairstyle that will save a little time in the morning.

But wait.

There are more advantages of protective styling.

I have researched and discovered the top three reasons you should protect your hair using protective styling.

1. Protect your hair/ends

The most obvious reason to use protective styles is to protect your natural hair. Hair is naturally prone to breakage; so we must shield and conceal our hair from the physical disturbances and environmental disturbances.

Physical disturbances are the things we can control.  They include over manipulation of the hair due to daily styling i.e. combing, using heat and even constant hands playing in the hair.

FACT:  Did you know the fibers in our clothing sometimes cause hair breakage as well?

Environmental disturbances are the things we cannot control.  They include environmental elements i.e. extreme hot and cold weather conditions such scorching heat, wind chills, blazing cold, smog, car pollution, and other environmental debris.

Remember the goal is healthy hair and it is virtually impossible to grow healthy hair with damaged, split ends.

If you’re a novice to protective styling use the approaching winter months to practice new styles to hide those ends. The videos on YouTube areexcellent guides. Just remember you can always wear a hat if you do not achieve your desired look!

2. Maximum hair growth/retention

I like to use protective styles two weeks out of each month. The use of protective styles has allowed me to gain maximum growth retention because it protects my hair from me! It gives hair a much needed break from all the rigors of styling i.e. twisting, bantu-knots, up-dos, puffs, and blow outs.

Protective styling simply preserves the ends so they stay on your head much longer than they would if you’re always twisting, bending and stretching them daily and nightly.

When you feel your hair hasn’t gained significant length over the course of a few months try a flat twist updo, as seen below, at least once or twice per month.

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This is one of my favorite protective styles. This style allows me to go up to 7 days between washing without any manipulation to my hair.

3. Busy lifestyles

Protective styling helps keep hair looking presentable without sacrificingvaluable time.

Styling type natural hair can be extremely time consuming.  Most of us lead busy lifestyles and simply do not have the time to dedicate to daily or weekly hair maintenance.

The use of protective styles is ideal when traveling or when you know you’ll be busy for a while. Protective styles can be life/hair-savers when you just don’t have the time to groom your hair or when you are unable to pack up your home salon to take with you on vacation.

Simply put, It allows for extra time to spend on other things.

When I had a TWA it would take hours to twist my entire head.  The process was both tedious and time consuming.

Protective styling allows for the hours spent twisting hair to be spent on other, more productive activities.

You can either create protective styles on your own, in the comfort of your home, or you can have a professional natural hair care stylist do it for you.

Keep practicing from the tutorials on YouTube. The more you practice, the better you will become.

 Here are some examples of protective styles.
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Regular Bun                                                                        Two strand twists with a bun
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Box Braids
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Bantu Knots
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Flat Twist Updos

Do you utilize protective styles in your regimen? What are your favorite ones? Please share in the comment section below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com
~Stay Curly my Friends~

Natural Hair Black Friday Sales

I have made no secret of the fact that I am a full blown hair product addict!  I literally have cabinets full of them.  Trying new products is truly  one of the many highlights of having natural hair.

Finding products at discounted prices only makes the evaluation process  that much sweeter.

In my opinion, Black Friday presents the perfect  opportunity to start taking advantage of holiday deals and sales.

Confessionsofablogvixen.com has provided a list of natural hair Black Friday sales that may interest you. Check it out!

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Ambrosia Hair
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 3
Sale Details: Seasonal Winter Hair Sets $30. Free 2oz Radiant Curl Enhancing Gel’ee on $30+
Featured Product: Honeybush Replenishing Hair Milk 

Brown Butter Beauty  
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 1
Sale Details: 25% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY
Featured Product: Sweet Milk Leave-in 

Caheez
Sale Date: Dec 2 – 4
Sale Details: 10% OFF using MISTLETOE
Featured Product: Satin-Lined Slouchy Beanies

Claudie’s Hair Revitalizer

Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 1
Sale Details: 30% OFF using THANKS
Featured Product: Avocado Intense Conditioner 

Darcy’s Botanicals
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 25% OFF using

Featured Product: Sweet Cocoa Bean Whip

Hairitage Hydrations
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 40% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY7
Featured Product: Hawaiian Hibiscus Island Oil 

Happy Nappy Honey
Sale Date: Nov 22 – 25
Sale Details: 50% OFF 9am – 11am | 30% OFF $55+ using #BLACKFRIDAY
Featured Product: Pink Sugar Hibiscus Plant Deep Conditioner

HydroQuench Systems
Sale Date: TBA
Sale Details: 50% OFF $60+ using HOLNOV1
Featured Product: Coconut Mango Lime Oil

J. Marie Naturals
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 2
Sale Details: [??]% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY2013
Featured Product: Curl Boost Butter

Little Penguins
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 25% OFF & Free Shipping on $50+ (no code needed)
Featured Product: Organic Honey & Vanilla BeanSmoothie 

mainelement:love
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 25% OFF  using BLKLOVE25 | 50% OFF Aloe Conditioner using BLKLOVE50 | Free Shippping on $50+
Featured Product: Aloe Conditioner

Marie Dean Hair & Body Care
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 30% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY30
Featured Product: Tacuma Creamy Hair Butte

Miss Jessies
Sale Date: Nov 10 – Dec 31
Sale Details: 40% OFF + Free Shipping
Featured Product: Baby Buttercreme

Mozeke Products
Sale Date: Nov 29 8am -8pm CST
Sale Details: 50% OFF (excluding sample & bulk sized products)
Featured Product: Babassu Twisting Cream

Obia Natural Hair Care
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details:40% OFF using OBIA2013 & Free Shipping on $75+
Featured Product: Curl Enhancing Smoothie 

Original Moxie 
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 30% OFF $30+, 4oz. styling product with orders of $60+, Free product with every order. Featured Product: Holiday Gift Sets

The Pomade Shop
Sale Date: Midnight Nov 29 –  Midnight Dec 2
Sale Details: FREE shipping on full-sized items. No coupon code needed. Shipping prices will be adjusted to reflect.
Featured Product: LinoMoist Conditioning Pomade 

Pura Body Naturals
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 28
Sale Details: BOGO on Sapote Hair Lotion, MuruMuru Moisture Milk, Chocolate Hair Smoothie, and Cupuacu Hair Butter
Featured Product: Cupuacu Hair Butter

SDOT Beauty
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 3
Sale Details: 15% OFF using 15OFF | 25% OFF $50+ using BLACKFRIDAY13
Featured Product: Softly & Tenderly Moisture Balanced Conditioner

She Scent It
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 30% OFF using GIVETHANKS | Free Domestic Shipping on $60+
Featured Product: Peppermint Stimulating Deep Conditioner

Shea Terra Organics
Sale Date: Now – Nov 29
Sale Details: 30% OFF using NOV2013
Featured Product: Hair Repair Herbal Butter

Shi-Naturals
Sale Date: Nov 21 – 29
Sale Details: 25% OFF using VIXEN
Featured Product: Peppermint Stimulating Deep Conditioner 

Sleek Jewels
Sale Date: Nov 25 – Dec 3
Sale Details: 40% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY40
Featured Product: Leaf Earring and Post Earring

Tasti Kiss Essentials
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 30% OFF $30+ & Free Shipping on $40 using TASTI2013
Featured Product: Strawberry Cream Ayurvedic Butter

Check back soon, this list will be updated often!

    

Cute, Quick & Easy Natural Hairstyles

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There’s no need to spend hours styling your natural hair everyday. There are plenty of quick and easy hairstyles that don’t require a lot of time or skill. I personally don’t have a lot of patience to do extravagant styles with my hair and I know a lot of you are just like me. Here are some easy hairstyles for naturals that are cute without the stress.

High Bun

You can never go wrong with a bun. It’s probably the easiest hairstyle of all time. All you need is bobby pins, gel, and something to tie your hair up with. Sometimes I keep a bun in for days without taking it down. I just put a scarf on at night, take it off in the morning, and keep it moving!

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Unicorn Twists 

I love this hairstyle. This can be done on straightened hair or…

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If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment in the section below  or send me an email at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com

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Natural Hair – Using Detangling Tools

Let’s face it, each week we are faced with the daunting task of detangling our natural hair. It’s a dreaded task that every natural must do if she/he wants to properly maintain their hair.

I, like most naturals,  prefer to use widely known tools such as the wide tooth comb and the denman brush.

The teeth of the wide tooth comb are spaced far apart which allows one to detangle efficiently and remove shed hair, while minimizing breakage.

Tip: I slowly start combing at the ends of my hair and gently work my way up to the roots.  It’s better to start on wet hair because natural hair is prone to breakage.

Some natural use a detangling cocktail which is made of water, a regular conditioner and oil(s) of your choice. I like to detangle when the deep conditioner is still on my hair.

This a pic of my wide tooth comb.

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I also like to use a denman brush to further detangle. But keep in mind, using the denman brush or any detangling tools too often without caution can lead to frizzy and uncontrollable  ends. This is why I prefer to use it as the final step of detangling to smooth my hair before styling.

Here’s the demnan brush.

Note: It can be altered for some naturals whose hair can’t tolerate all the teeth of this particular brush. The brush can be opened to remove columns of teeth to make the spacing between them wider to minimize potential damage.

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Once I’m done detangling my hair, I twist or braid the section to keep it stretched.

How or when do you detangle your hair? Please share in the comment section below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment in the section below or email me at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com.
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