Naturals …Meet Khemistry!

Khemistry’s no rookie to the natural hair world. She has been natural for 4 years!
“It was an easy choice for me, because my permed ends and my natural roots did not get along. It was like a huge fight between siblings, so the big chop proved to ease the tension, literally.”

To read Khemistry’s thoughts on being a naturalista go to the HerStories page at the top!

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~Stay Curly My Friends!♡

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Its wash day …now what do I do?

An insight as to what I do on wash days …

Healthy Hair Habits❤

Let me begin by saying WELCOME again!!

I am SO honored that you have stopped by! My hope is that you gain a little natural hair knowledge each time you are here!

Contrary to popular belief, maintaining natural hair is not easy. It takes a lot of work, time and effort. I started this blog with the sole purpose of providing a central location containing information for women who desire to rock/maintain their natural hair.

Sounds SIMPLE right? Well Yes, it is! Once you find a regimen and do it religiously, just watch your natural, healthy hair grow!

I have spent countless hours researching natural hair maintenance techniques and creating a regimen that works for my hair. Below is an overview of my complete hair care regimen.

As of October 2013, I’m 14 months natural. This is a milestone for me; I have never kept my hair natural for this…

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4 Quick Natural Hair Style Tutorials♡

🌟🌟Check out these picture tutorials of some quick natural hairstyles!🌟🌟

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I LOVE the “twisty topknot!”
Tip: If your hair isn’t long enough try using marley hair.  Simply gather your hair at the top of your head (blow it out first if you desire). Put hair into a ponytail. Add gel to the back and sides of your head (if you desire) for a sleek finish. Attach the marley hair using a rubber band. Twist the marley hair (like it is twisted in the pic). Then tuck. (like it is featured in the pic). Voila!

Which is your favorite style? Let me know in the comment section below!

~Stay Curly My Friends!☆~

Natural Hair Glossary

There are a ton of abbreviations and terms used in the natural hair care world. Trust me, I know It can become overwhelming. So for your convenience, I created a list of commonly used terms

~So now, if someone asks how much slip does your current conditioner provide, you will know it means how easily can a detangling tool glide through the hair!

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse – Washing hair with vinegar (usually diluted with water) to cleanse, condition, and remove bacteria from the hair. Seals and tightens the cuticle layer for improved shine and smoothness.

Argan Oil– Oil rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids produced from the kernels of the argan tree grown organically in Morocco. It is famous for its ability to help hydrate the hair in a natural way and can heal and condition cuticles and split ends. Also known as Moroccan Oil.

Baggy Method– a hair care method used to promote hair growth by locking in moisture with a plastic cap or bag. It is done by applying a moisturizer to your hair, and then covering your hair with plastic cap. It is recommended for those who have constant dry hair.

Big Chop (BC) – Cutting off relaxed and or chemical processed ends to expose your natural textured hair.

Bantu Knots – A hairstyle created by carefully and precisely parting hair in small-to-medium sections, and then twisting the sections either using two strand twists or twisting the section of hair in one direction until it wraps into neat knots. The knots are secured by tucking the ends into the knot or by using bobby or hair pins. Can be done on wet or dry hair.
Bantu Knot Out– Hairstyle created by sectioning the hair into Bantu Knots on damp or dry hair. Once the hair has dried, the knots are taken out to achieve defined curly hair.

Braid Out– Hairstyle achieved by braiding damp hair in cornrows or singles. Once the hair is dried unravel the braids to create a more defined curl pattern.

Braid-n-Curl – A style created by plaiting or braiding the hair while damop, and then curling the ends with rollers, perm rods, or flexi rods. After the hair is dry, the braids and rollers are removed to reveal a wavy and curly hair texture.
Breakage – Broken pieces of hair without the white bulb. This can be caused by too much moisture or protein. It can also be the cause of poor hair care or even stress.

Carrier Oils– Natural oils known as a base oil or vegetable oil used to dilute essential oils. Carrier Oils include Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, etc…These oils is often used to seal/trap moisture in the hair.

Co-Washing – Washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. This method cleanses your hair while helping you to maintain moisture. Shampoos that contain sulfates is known to strip the hair of its natural oils.

Deep Conditioning (DC)-the process of strengthening the hair with moisture or protein. Deep Conditioning is typically done for 15-45 minutes, or even overnight for some. DC should be done once a week to give your hair a boost of moisture and to prevent breakage.

Detangling– A process in which you reduce the amount of knots and tangles in your natural hair for manageability and to avoid hair breakage. The most effective way to detangle is on wet sectioned hair. Most naturals use water and conditioners, leave-in or deep conditioners to wet the hair.

DIY– Do It Yourself.

Essential Oils- Natural oils such as Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lavender, etc… Essential oils should be used with carrier oil.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) – A natural conditioner that promotes hair growth, strong healthy hair, prevents dandruff, and makes the hair shiny and soft.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – A natural sealant used to seal and lock in the moisture from your moisturizer. Some use this oil for a Pre-Shampoo Treatment (Pre-Poo).

Flat Twist– twisting the hair flat to the head. A two strand twist braiding technique similar to cornrows.

Hair Lengths– the length of your natural hair. Some abbreviations are as follows:

BSL-Bra Strap Length

CBL Collar Bone Length

EL- Ear Length

SL- Shoulder Length

APL- Arm pit Length

MBL- Mid back Length

TWA – Teeny Weeny Afro

WL- Waist Length

Henna– A plant-derived powder, when mixed with water to make a paste, is applied to hair, processed and rinsed out. It is used as a natural hair color-enhancer, strengthener and conditioner.

Humectants – used on hair care to attract and retain moisture from the air i.e Glycerin and Honey. Ideal for dry hair.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) – Castor oil that has been manufactured in Jamaica. It is often used to strengthen, thicken, and increase hair growth.

Leave-in Conditioner – a conditioner that is used to add moisture back into the hair after shampooing/conditioning. It also helps to detangle the hair leaving it soft and manageable.

Moisturizing – Applying a water based moisturizing product to dry hair without washing it out. In order to prevent breakage you should moisturize your hair then seal it with oil to trap moisture in.

Nappyversary– Also known as Nattyversary. This is the Anniversary date of when your hair became fully natural (hair free of relaxed or chemical.

Pre-Poo- Coating the hair with a conditioner and/or oils prior to shampooing in an effort to keep moisture in the hair. This can be done 30-40 minutes before shampooing or overnight.

Product Junky-A person who buys a lot of different products and brands in the quest of finding ones suitable for her hair type.

Protective style – Any hairstyle which allows your natural hair to rest from over manipulation which sometimes causes breakage. Wearing your hair in a protective style prevents your ends from being exposed to damaging agents such as clothing, sun, and drying winter weather. The purpose and benefits of this hairstyle is to grow healthier, longer hair and reduce split ends and damage. Protective styles can include anything from sew-ins, wigs, buns, braids, bantu knots, etc.

Regimen – Your day to day, weekly hair routine done continuously to maintain healthy hair.

Sealing – Method used to “seal” moisture in the hair. After applying a water based moisturizer, seal the ends of your hair with an oil or butter to trap moisture in the hair. This method is crucial in hair retention.

Second Day Hair – The state of one’s hair on the day after it is cleansed, conditioned and styled.

Shrinkage-A term used to describe the reduction of the visual length of hair. It is a process that occurs as wet hair dries and re-coils into its natural texture pattern.

Slip – how easily a detangling tool can glide through the hair.

TWA– Teeny Weeny Afro.

Transitioning – Process in which you stop relaxing your hair in an effort to grow your natural hair while still maintaining the chemically processed ends.

Twist Out– A hairstyle achieved by two strand twisting the hair (can be done on wet, damp or drty hair and then unraveling the twist to reveal a crinkly wavy hair texture.

Twist-n-Curl – A styling technique whereby wet or damp hair is two-strand twisted and then rolled on perm rods, rollers or flexirods. Once dry, the curlers are removed and the hair untwisted.

Two Strand Twist– Also known as double strand twists, or just twists This hairstyle technique can be performed on dry wet or damp hair. Take a section of hair and divide into two even pieces and twist each section of hair around the other. You continue until your hair is twisted all the way to the end.

Virgin Hair – Hair that is natural from the roots and have not been chemically processed or altered.

Wash and Go – Also abbreviated as WnG or W&G. Method of co-washing the hair, adding a styling gel or cream and then go start your day. The hair air drys or you can dry it with a diffuser.

Do you use other hair care abbreviations not listed? Now its your turn to provide your favorite natural hair  term!  Please comment in the box below.

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

~Stay Curly My Friends!~

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!~