15 Survival Tips for Winter Natural Hair Care

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Making sure your hair stays moisturized and healthy during the cold seasons, like winter, can help increase your hair growth and length. Here are some helpful tips from naturahairteens to keep in mind as you care for your hair during the winter.

How Make Your Own Hair Steamer

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Steaming natural hair is a great way to moisturize your coils, preventing breakage that is created by dry, brittle hair strands. Steaming hair while wearing a conditioner allows the conditioner to penetrate your hair cuticles creating soft, nourished hair. You do not have to purchase an expensive hair steamer to get the benefits of steaming. Making your own hair steamer can be as simple as using a plastic shower cap and a hot towel.

Benefits of Hair Steaming
  • Balances moisture content in hair
  • Allows your coils, curls to clump naturally
  • Allows hair to be flat ironed easier
  • Helps in preventing dandruff
  • Promotes hair growth
Follow these steps to create your own hair steamer!

3 Moisturizing Natural Hair Treatments for Fall and Winter

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Now that the cold seasons of Fall and Winter are here, your natural hair will need to be moisturized more often. Cold Fall and Winter air can cause your hair to become dry and brittle. To combat the effects of Fall and Winter weather on your natural hair, try these all-natural moisturizing treatments by Freepeople that can be made with ingredients in your kitchen.

5 Skin and Hair Care Ingredients to Avoid

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When it comes to hair care you want to make sure your hair is getting the best of everything—the best nutrients, vitamins, protein, and moisture. One way to ensure that your hair products are healthy for your hair is to read the ingredient label. Here is a list by naturallycurly of five ingredients you do not want to read on your product label.

Mango Deep Conditioner Recipe

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sliced mangos

Mangos are great for supplying natural hair with moisture and slip for detangling. Mangos are largely underrated as a natural ingredient for hair care. Despite that fact, mangos are high in vitamin C and vitamin A. Mangos also have a citrus scent which makes hair care recipes smell good.

Mud Shampoo Hair Wash Recipe

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Mud Wash or clay wash can be used as a shampoo, conditioner, or deep conditioner. Mud Wash makes the hair easier to detangle, moisturizes dry hair, and defines the curl pattern. Mud Wash is created by mixing bentonite or rhassoul clay with aloe vera juice and essentials oils.

Coconut Milk Pre-Poo Recipe

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A coconut milk pre-poo strengthens and nourishes dry, damaged natural hair.

Coconut Oil, Lemon, Grapefruit Scalp Treatment Recipe

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Scalp treatments are ideal for a scalp suffering from chronic dryness, dandruff, oiliness or clogged pores. I personally love scalp treatments because they clean my scalp of any product build up. For a scalp in needed of a good cleansing, I suggest using my Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub recipe. It is easy to make, inexpensive and has good results.

Koils By Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner

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I was inspired to purchase Koils by Nature Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner during their free shipping & handling sale some months ago. The product arrived in a timely manner and I received a coupon with my first purchase. At first, the product worked smoothly. The leave-in conditioner imparted sheen and moisture to my hair. The results were visible!

However, as the winter months progressed (I purchased this product in December), the leave-in conditioner and I had to part ways. It no longer satisfied my hair needs. In fact, instead of adding moisture to my tresses, it felt as if the Koils by Nature Shealoe, was drying my hair out.

I would twist my hair only to unravel a dry twist out the next morning. I am willing to give Koils by Nature another try (perhaps with one of their hair butters), but I doubt I will purchase the Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner again.

Koils By Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-in Conditioner (for my hair) did not…
  • Create long-lasting moisture
  • Help to detangle my hair
  • Keep my hair soft to touch

4 Ways You May Be Damaging Your Scalp

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Avoid these common hair care mistakes to ensure that your scalp is healthy and thriving.

Herbs, Oils, and Spices Series: Sweet Almond Oil

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Sweet almond oil is a light-weight oil that is expressed from the seeds of the almond tree (Prunus dulcis). Sweet almond oil contains vitamins A, B1, B6, and E which improve the vitality of hair. Sweet almond oil penetrates the hair shaft easily, making it ideal for dry, damaged natural hair.

3 Natural Ways to Prevent Dandruff

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Applying natural oils to the scalp and using tea rinses are great natural ways to prevent dandruff and overall scalp dryness. According to Dailyglow.com, dandruff occurs when the scalp becomes dry and begins to flake. An oily scalp can also cause dandruff by clogging scalp pores. Try the natural remedies described below to combat dandruff and to ease an irritated scalp.

Grape seed oil and Tea Tree essential oil Mixture

Dandruff can be prevented by applying a mixture of grape seed oil and tea tree essential oil to the scalp. Mix 12 drops of tea tree essential oil with 1oz of grape seed oil. Apply to scalp regularly. You can also use jojoba oil instead of grape seed oil.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a light-weight, golden oil that moisturizes the scalp and prevents flakiness. Massage a small amount jojoba into your scalp regularly to combat dryness. Use your finger tips and not your nails when massaging.

Nettle Oil & Tea Rinse

Nettle increases blood flow to the scalp and strengths hair strands creating healthy, shiny, full hair with continual use. Nettle oil and Nettle tea rinses can be used to treat dandruff.

To perform a tea rinse, boil ½ cup of Nettle leaves, let steep for an hour, strain the leaves, and pour rinse over hair, focusing on the scalp.

sources: livestrong.com & ehow.com

Rosemary Olive Oil Recipe

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Rosemary olive oil is a nourishing hair oil that can be used in hot oil treatments or to seal moisture into the hair. Rosemary olive oil is created by infusing fresh rosemary leaves in olive oil for 2-3 weeks.



Best Oils to Use to Massage Your Scalp

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Massaging the scalp can improve the health of your hair and aid in hair growth. Scalp massages increase blood circulation in the scalp which encourages hair growth. To massage your scalp use your finger tips to rub in a circular motion on your scalp. Rub your finger tips softly against your scalp clockwise and counterclockwise for 1-2 minutes at a time. Make sure your nails are cut low so that you do not snag your hair. Only use your finger tips, never your nails which can scratch and damage your scalp.

Benefits of scalp massages…

  • helps in hair growth
  • distributes oil evenly throughout hair
  • increases blood circulation in scalp
  • relieves tension and stress in scalp

Rosemary Tea Hair Rinse Recipe

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Rosemary tea rinse is ideal for…
  • stimulating hair growth
  • soothing itchy, irritated scalps
  • helping scalps with dandruff
  • improving lackluster, dull hair

Benefits for hair…
Rosemary is a herb that stimulates hair growth by improving blood circulation in the scalp. Rosemary helps to discourage dandruff, soothe an itchy scalp, and it adds shine to the hair.
sources: Rosemary & Hair Growth, Rosemary & Hair Care

How to Pre-poo Natural Hair

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A pre-poo is the abbreviation of the word pre-shampoo. A pre-shampoo is a treatment applied to the hair before shampooing/washing. Pre-poo treatments can be done with oil or with a conditioner.

Benefits of pre-poo treatments…

  • helps in detangling hair
  • nourishes scalp and roots
  • protects fragile ends of hair
  • keeps moisture locked into hair while washing
  • prevents shampoo from “stripping” natural oils from hair

Pre-pooing with oil
First select a carrier oil that works best with your hair. Examples of carrier oils that work well for pre-poo treatments include: extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and my personal favorite, grape seed oil. Divide your hair into 4-6 twists. Untwist each section one at a time and apply oil from root to tip before re-twisting. Place a plastic shower cap over the hair for 30 min. Shampoo/wash hair as usual.

Pre-poo with conditioner
Select a water based conditioner that is easy to spread throughout your hair. To check if your conditioner has water in it, read the ingredients on the product. The first ingredient should say “distilled water.” Follow the same steps as if you were pre-pooing with oil. Shampoo/wash hair as usual.

Which is better for a pre-poo, oil or conditioner?
Oil is the best option for a pre-poo because it is inexpensive and readily available in local grocery stores. I am able to purchase are large bottle of oil and use it continuously for months. Conditioners can be expensive—especially if they include organic, vegan, or natural ingredients. Inexpensive conditioners can contain synthetic ingredients that coat the hair and conceal damages in the hair structure. In contrast, oils condition and nourish the hair naturally.

Greek Yogurt Deep Conditioner Recipe

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Deep conditioning with Greek yogurt moisturizes, detangles, and adds shine to your hair. Greek yogurt also works as a light protein treatment, strengthening the hair strands.

5 Best Oils for Natural and Curly Hair

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When it comes to maintaining your curly hair, you may be seeing lots of products bombarding the market touting all sorts of ingredients. Especially when it comes to the sheer number of natural hair oils, it can be confusing to know which one may work best for your hair. What oil should you be using on your hair strands? Use this guide to find out.

Avocado Deep Conditioner Recipe

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Avocado can be used in a deep conditioner to moisturize and add shine to dry, damaged hair. Avocado deep conditioner is made by mixing a ripened avocado with oils.

5 Reasons Why Rosemary Tea Rinses Help Hair

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1. Rosemary tea rinses aid in hair growth

2. Rosemary tea rinses add shine to hair

3. Rosemary tea rinses soothe an itchy scalp

4. Rosemary tea rinses eliminate dandruff

5. Rosemary tea rinses cleanse hair

source: "Back to Eden" by Jethro Kloss via curlynikki.com

photo courtesy of eatmania.com

What is your favorite herb to rinse your hair with?