Strawberries Add Shine & Moisture to Natural & Curly Hair

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Strawberries? In your hair? It may sound strange but this sweet, little treat can be just what your hair needs. Strawberries are widely known as the decadent, red berry … but when it comes to your hair, they can be so much more! Strawberries are high in alpha-hodroxy acids (AHA) which helps to remove dead skin cells from the scalp. Strawberries can also add shine to your hair strands. Think of it as a fruit smoothie for your thirsty hair strands. Let your hair drink it up!

Recommendations & Tips:

  • Use strawberries in a deep conditioner or hair mask 
  • Mix strawberries in a blender with other ingredients like yogurt to assure a smooth mixture
  • Drain your mixture through a fine-hole strainer to get rid of unwanted clumps

Don’t want to use strawberries in a hair mixture? Eat them instead. Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin B and Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Vitamin B can prevent hair loss while Omega-3 can add to the overall health of your hair.

Honey Moisturizes Natural & Curly Hair

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When you think of honey… what is the first adjective that comes to mind? Sweet, sticky, creamy, delicious? Sure honey is a perfect spread for toast and a great sweetener for tea, but what about using honey in your hair care regimen? “Wait, you want me to put that sticky stuff in my hair?!” The answer is a resounding “yes!” Honey can be very beneficial for your hair! How? Check out some of the facts!

Honey has many restorative and nourishing powers. Honey can add shine and luster to your hair strands. It can also be used to treat baldness or thinning hair. Honey contains natural humectants that allow moisture to lock into curly hair. Humectants also make honey a great conditioner for curly hair. Additionally, honey contains anti-irritant properties. Say goodbye to that dry, sensitive scalp!

Recommendations & Tips:

For premium quality, purchase honey that is grown locally in your State at your local grocery store.
Try adding honey to deep conditioners, hair mask, and even shampoos for that kick of moisture.
Honey can be used with olive oil for a moisturizing scalp treatment.

Ground Cinnamon for Natural Hair

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Ahhh… Cinnamon! It’s that lovely spice for sweet and savory foods that reminds you of ginger bread cookies, apple pie, and hot sticky cinnamon buns! But cinnamon is much more than a delightful, editable treat; it can be used for your hair. Cinnamon acts as a hair lightener. If you want an alternate way to lighten your hair, use cinnamon! Cinnamon can help stop hair loss. The antioxidant properties of cinnamon can increase blood circulation in the scalp and in turn lead to hair growth.

How to use:

  • Use 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon in your favorite deep conditioner regularly to promote hair growth
  • Perform the Cinnamon Paste Treatment by mixing ground cinnamon with warm Olive oil and honey.
  • Perform the Cinnamon Lightener Treatment to lighten your hair strands

Moisture, Butters, and Oils: An Overview

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How often have you heard a person with natural hair say: “I use an oil or a butter to seal moisture into my hair.” After the fact, have you ever walked away slightly confused? Afterall, what is the difference between an oil or a butter? And how exactly do you seal moisture into your hair? Here is a great article from Rory, the creator of Chocolatehairvanillacare, that answers those questions.

Blackstrap Molasses & Yogurt Deep Conditioner Recipe

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Sometimes your hair can use a really good moisture kick. When it comes to supplying your hair with what it needs, look no further than your kitchen to give your curls and coils back their spring. Want moisture? Try a molasses and yogurt deep conditioner. Blackstrap molasses is chocked fulled of vitamins that your hair will love like potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Combining molasses with yogurt helps to detangle and moisturize your hair.

Yes, I Wash My Hair with Mud & I LOVE it!

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Yes, my hair is in love with mud… well technically it is not mud. In actuality, it is bentonite clay. In fact, clays like Bentonite clay and Rhassoul clay are known for their cleansing and anti-bacterial properties. Now, before you tap into your inner mixtress and break out the measuring cups and handmixer, you should know that you can buy an organic, clay infused hair wash already expertly hand crafted, bottled, and packaged. It is called Terressentials Organic Pure Earth Hair Wash and comes in a variety of fragrances like lemon, cool mint, and lavender garden.

Banana Moisturizes Natural & Curly Hair

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Did you know bananas can be moisturizing for your hair? In fact, this fruit packs a powerful bunch when it comes to nourishing hair strands.

Why Biotin Vitamin is Healthy for Hair

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Biotin is a vitamin B supplement which helps to maintain healthy hair.* Biotin helps strengthen the hair shaft allowing it to retain length. A deficiency in Biotin is linked to hair loss.

Benefits for hair…
  • Generates red blood cells which improves the flow of blood to the scalp
  • Strengthens the hair by providing it with protein
  • Helps hair retain length, generates hair growth
  • Improves thin, splitting, brittle hair

Aloe Vera Gel Leave-in Conditioner Recipe

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Finding the perfect leave-in conditioner can be difficult. There are so many different products lines that claim to offer moisture and shine! Before you jump on the next product-craze bandwagon, why not try making your own leave-in conditioner? That is what I decided to do a month ago! I found a lovely homemade, organic leave-in conditioner recipe. The best part is you only need three ingredients! I have to thank for the recipe goodness. (:

Homemade Flax Seed Gel Recipe

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Taking a cue from Naptural 85, I ventured to Whole Foods yesterday and bought a tiny baggy of golden flax seeds. It only cost me 12 cents! Once I got home, I got to work in the kitchen. This is officially my third attempt at making flax seed gel. But as they say… the third time is the charm!

Flax seed gel is ideal for…
  • styling mini twists
  • styling wash n gos
  • smoothing edges
  • sealing ends of hair
What does it do?
  • creates soft & shiny hair
  • creates moisturized hair
  • promotes hair growth
  • provides omega 3 for hair
  • gives definition to curls
  • gives hold without “crunchy” hair
  • mixes well with other oils like vit E

What you need:
  • A spoon with a long handle
  • Flax Seeds
  • A measuring cup & measuring spoons
  • A coffee strainer
  • A medium sized pot
  • Vitamin E oil or Tea-tree oil

Recipe Measurements:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 ½ tablespoons of flax seeds
  • 4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil or Tea-Tree oil

Recipe Instructions:
Set your coffee strainer right side up into a bowl with a flat bottom. Make sure the coffee strainer is standing, balanced at the bottom of the bowl.

Pour the water into your pot. Turn your stove top to medium high heat. Wait for the water to start a low-boil. Add your flax seeds one ½ tablespoon at a time while stirring lightly with your spoon.
Turn your stove top up to high heat. Continue to stir.

When the flax seeds begin to secrete a clear mucus, turn off your stove top. Pour the pot contents into the coffee strainer that is sitting inside the bowl. The clear mucus should separate itself from the flax seeds and seep through the coffee strainer holes into the bowl. This is your gel.

Wait until all of the gel-like substance has inked through the coffee strainer before removing it from the bowl.
Set the bowl somewhere to cool. Once cooled off, add 4-5 drops of Vitamin E oil or Tea-tree oil as a preservative. Store within your refrigerator when not in use. Gel usually keeps for a week.

Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub Recipe

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The Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub is ideal for…

  • oily, pore-clogged scalps

Benefits for hair…

  • removes excess oil & impurities
  • removes dead skin cells 
  • improves cell circulation