5 Facts about Heat & Natural Hair

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Heat has become an essential element in how most people style their hair. You have flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons and more to achieve a desired look. Unfortunately, heat can wreak havoc on beautiful natural curls and can permanently damage healthy hair. To limit damage to your hair and to use heat successfully, it’s important to be equipped with the facts. Consider these 5 facts below when adding heat to your styling routine.

1. Heat Damage Can’t Be Repaired

Heat damage can be prevented or treated but not repaired. When your hair is damaged by heat or any other source, it’s permanently damaged. High or excessive heat can permanently break the bonds within hair strands. Products that are on the market that promise to repair damaged hair are misleading. The simply act as a serum that give the hair the “appearance” that it’s not damaged but doesn’t actually reverse the damage.

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5 Naturally Romantic Hairstyles for Valentine’s Day

Most women like to do something special with their hair for holidays and special occasions. These events provide the perfect opportunity to show the versatility of your natural hair. Check out a few styles to consider for Valentine’s Day this weekend.

Adding a romantic hair accessory like a headband or flower can easily spice up your braid out or twist out.

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Swooping your hair to the side always creates a romantic look. Check out this tutorial:

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Yoga for Hair Growth

smiling woman meditating sitting on mat outdoorsIt’s the first week in February and for those who are still going strong with their New Years resolution to get fit, you’ve proven yourself to be in it for the long-haul. For those looking to grow your hair and get fit, Yoga may be a great option to explore. Yoga in Hinduism is a set of mental and physical exercises aimed at producing spiritual enlightenment.

Yoga has been said to be highly capable treatment for many hair and scalp issues. Poses that particularly work well are inversion yoga poses, which are poses that require your head to be below your heart. The premise of the inversion method is that the upside-down poses bring a rush of blood to the head, which nourishes the roots with extra circulation thereby stimulating hair growth. Some reviewers claimed to have a quarter-inch to an inch or more of new growth in just one week. Below are some of the best inversion poses for hair growth.

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Building a Healthy Hair Diet – Vegan Edition

Pretty little girl biting an appleAs I perused the natural hair blogs when I first went natural, I found a common theme. A healthy life equates to healthy hair. Becoming conscious of the food I was consuming was definitely an important part of my story of growing long and healthy hair.

Healthy hair is dependent on good blood circulation, which depends on good nutrition. God knew what he was doing when he made us. He made sure that all nutrients we consume go to all our essential tissues first, like organs and muscles before it gets to vanity items like our hair and nails.  Our hair is the last to get nutrients, so any lack of nutrients can cause hair loss.

At any given time, about 90% of our hair is in the growing phase, which lasts approximately 2 to 3 years. At the end of that time, hairs enter a resting phase that lasts about 3 months before they are shed and replaced by new hair. If you don’t get enough vitamins and nutrients in your diet, a disproportionate number of hairs may go into the resting phase.

Like any other part of the body or component of health, hair needs a variety of nutrients to grow and be healthy, like protein, iron, B vitamins, biotin, vitamin c, beta carotene, zinc, and magnesium.

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Creating a Natural Hair Regimen

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When starting a healthy hair journey it can be quite overwhelming. Most people have to forget the improper lessons of the past and do something completely different. Patience, knowledge, and consistency is going to be the best option for turning your hair around. Therefore, if you’re starting a natural or healthy hair journey, the first place to start is with a regimen. There are seven steps to a proper hair care regimen. The products and the order of the regimen will vary from person to person but the seven steps below provide the foundation of what you need for a healthy hair journey.

Shampoo – Shampooing hair is usually the first step for many people in their regimen. You want to make sure your shampoo doesn’t have harsh ingredients such as sulfates (SLS), parabens, and mineral oil. I suggest washing your hair once a week to see if you need to wash more often or less. I know some naturals who wash their hair once a week, once a month, or not at all (although most will use some cleansers to remove build-up from their hair like Baking Soda, Apple Cider Vinegar, or cleansing conditioners).

Protein Treatment – Protein treatments are extremely important for those with damaged hair and for those trying to maintain the strength of your hair. Your hair is made of protein so adding protein back in your hair gives it strength. I would only do this once a month for most people, twice a month if your hair is extremely damaged. It is very important to do a protein treatment after you’ve compromised the strength of your hair in some way; such as using heat. You want to make sure you follow up every protein treatment with a moisturizing conditioner.

Conditioner – This is extremely important after shampooing your hair. Even if you use a sulfate-free shampoo your hair will still crave moisture. This is where the conditioner comes in. Many naturals condition multiple times a week, while skipping the shampoo process, commonly referred to as co-washing.

Tip: After conditioning, use a cotton t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a harsh towel. This will eliminate a lot of frizz and keep your hair feel soft and not stripped!

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