Superior Ways to Moisture Natural Hair in Dry, Hot Weather

Fall may be on its way, but a heat wave is still raising the temperatures into the 90s. When hot weather starts up it can cause our natural hair to become dry, brittle or puffy and frizzy with humidity. Below are four ways to combat the heat and save your hair from the sun.

1. Hydrate
Drink at least 24 ounces of water; 32 ounces is better. The more water our bodies consume, the more moisture our natural hair is able to maintain throughout the day. Avoid water with additives like sodium/salt or flavoring and instead drink purified drinking water. Read your ingredient list to see what is listed.

2. Omega 3 Fish Oil
Take an Omega 3 Fish Oil tablet daily. Omega 3 Fish Oil, found naturally in fish like salmon and sardines as well as in flaxseeds, can replenish your natural hair of much need nutrients. The fish oil will help your hair as well as your skin stay moisturized when outside in the sun (source).
“What’s more, omega-3s can boost your hair’s shine, prevent your strands from drying out, and keep your scalp from flaking. “The recommended dose to reap the benefits is 600 mg of DHA per day,” Soheil Simzar, MD, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a dermatologist in Santa Monica, Calif. says. “However, if you have a history of mood disorders, fish allergies, diabetes, or high blood pressure, check with your doctor first, he advises” (source).
Invest in high quality Omega 3 tablets that have been certified as being free of environmental toxins or metals. Start will a small amount of mg; always consult your doctor before taking a vitamin. Make sure you drink lot of water when taking any vitamins in order to move the nutrients throughout your system adequately.

3. Flax seed Gel
Make your own Homemade Flax Seed Gel following a recipe. Flax Seed Gel coats your natural hair shaft on the outside, creating a “protective” coating that will help your hair resist the heat of the sun’s rays. Flax seed gel will also keep your hair stay spongy, soft, as well as define your natural curl pattern. Use Flax seed gel with a butter or natural styling foam mouse for flat twists, bantu knot, and twist out hairstyles.

4. Humectants
Avoid humectants as much as possible in order to maintain a healthy hair moisture/protein balance. Humectants are ingredients in products that draw moisture into natural hair similar to how a sponge soaks up water. Humectants can have adverse effects for people with high porosity natural hair (draws moisture in easily, lets moisture out easily) because the hair becomes puffy or frizzy when too much moisture enters the hair shaft.  Below are humectants you may find listed in natural hair care products; look for products without chemicals first in the ingredient lists.

  • Honey
  • Vegetable glycerin 
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Propylene Glycol (chemical)
  • Capryl glycol (chemical)
  • Panthenol

How do you keep your hair moisturized in dry, hot weather?

How to Apply Our Lipstick

When I created Hello Beautiful! Lipstick I chose not to include dyes or lake colorants. Dyes are often used in lipstick with other unsafe chemicals to make lipstick water proof, smudge proof, and able to stay on the lips for hours at a time. Here’s the problem: hidden in those dyes are toxic metals like aluminum and tin oxide that can cause adverse health effects including neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's and Alzheimer's) and inflammatory diseases (source).

Here’s how you apply our dye-free lipstick.

Hello Beautiful! on Indy Style Lip Scrub Recipe

I was on Indy Style again this time explaining how to make your own natural lip scrub. I love this recipe because it consist of only 3 ingredients: brown sugar, honey, and hot cocoa powder.

This scrub is perfect to use before applying my Hello Beautiful! Lipstick because it cleanses dead skin off of your lips, for a smooth pout.

Interested in purchasing your own Hello Beautiful! Lipstick? Click here to shop our lipsticks.

Hair Recovery Series Part 1

As part of our hair loss series in 2015, we discussed common forms of hair loss especially among African American women. These types of hair loss included CCCA Alopecia (a scalp scarring type of hair loss), Traction Alopecia (a type of hair loss due to strain from braids, etc), and Female Pattern Baldness (a type of hair loss caused by hormones). We also shared a personal CCCA Alopecia hair loss and recovery journey story.

We are starting a new series in 2016 to focus on hair recovery options and hair growth practices; in short solutions. Today, Vlogger Jasmine Rose shares her story of hair restoration surgery with a dermatologist.

Disclaimer: Love Natural Sunshine does not in any way or form endorse Jasmine Rose or her dermatologist Dr. Osei Tutu and/or hair restoration surgery. This is not a paid advertisement.

via Hair and Health, as seen on BGLH

Losing Her Edges to Overdone Loc Retwisting

The loss of Jasmine’s edges was gradual, and she attributes it to overdone retwisting.  She began her loc journey in 2007 and twisted frequently (and tightly) to maintain a manicured appearance.  It was in 2010 that Jasmine noticed “a drastic change in her hairline area” and learned that she had traction alopecia. She stopped retwisting as frequently and consulted with two dermatologists (both white and male) who gave her regular cortisone shots to no avail and did not seem to understand her hair and insecurity.

She then tried numerous natural remedies, including emu oil and castor oil, to regrow her edges, but nothing worked.  Jasmine eventually resigned herself to concealing her hairline with black eye makeup while feeling like an ‘imposter’ YouTube hair guru.  Essentially, she went into hiding while in front of the camera.

Finding a Solution in a Dermatologist 

In 2013, Jasmine decided to find a dermatologist who looked like her — black and female — in hopes of finding one that truly cared to understand her problem; this was when she found real help.  After another round of unsuccessful cortisone shots, her new doctor performed a hair restoration procedure to bring back her edges earlier this year.

Jasmine could have kept this entire experience to herself, but she chose to be transparent to her viewers.  Since revealing her story, some women have voiced, not only their support, but how much she has helped them.

Watch Jasmine with her dermatologist talk about her hair restoration surgery.

What solutions have you found for your alopecia hair loss? Share in the comments below.

More from the Hair Loss Series:

CCCA Alopecia - Hair Loss Series Part 1
Traction Alopecia - Hair Loss Series Part 2
Female Pattern Baldness (Alopecia) – Hair Loss Series 3
Guest Blogger: My Journey With CCCA Alopecia And My Recovery (Part 1)
Guest Blogger: My Journey With CCCA Alopecia And My Recovery (Part 2)

Hair Growth articles:
Study || Peppermint Essential Oil For Hair Growth
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Hidden Risk of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling, the practice of taking an oil like sesame or coconut oil and swishing it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, is a traditional remedy that has been used in India for hundreds of years.  The reported benefits of this toxin-removing practice range anywhere from increased oral health to healing immune disease. But there is a hidden danger to oil pulling.

The Real Truth on Red Food Dye (Lake Colorants)

I came across this image on the toxicity of red food dyes. Red food dyes are commonly found in pre-packaged foods, but they are also rampant in cosmetics like lipstick and even mouth wash.

Unbeknownst to most, these synthetic dyes are not be taken lightly. The facts point to how regular and frequent ingestion of food dyes (a.k.a. Lake colorants) can adversely affect your health.

How to Avoid Food Dyes

1. The top way is to read your ingredients. Lake colorants are usually listed in the last lines of the ingredient label.
2. Look for lipsticks and body care products made with organic ingredients and without additives and lake colorants.

Going Deeper

Check out my other posts about this topic.

Essential Oils for Beating the Wintertime Blues

Feeling a little down? It happens… especially during winter time when overcast days seem to stretch on. I found this helpful article by Healing Solutions that explains how using essential oils can naturally boost your energy and resolve.

The Uplifting Power of Essential Oils

It’s pretty normal to feel a little down during the cold winter months and health professionals have found a number of different contributors to SAD including: a lack of sunlight, poor diet, and low-quality sleep. Use these energizing and uplifting essential oils to give your mood a boost this winter!