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Natural Black Hair Care

Natural Black Hair Care

As you’ve heard by now, going natural can increase the strength, length and overall health of your hair. However, as much as a proper black hair care regimen is needed, it can be difficult to obtain the right natural hair care products to get the job done. So what do you look for and what do you avoid in a hair care products for treating your hair naturally? That’s going to depend on the challenge you face with your hair. There are various ingredients in many black hair products that can get in the way of your hair reaching its full healthy potential such as beeswax, petroleum and alcohol. The common problems associated with black hair care tend to be dryness, breakage, chemical damage, stress and poor nutrition. New trends within the black hair care market in the past 3 years include emphasis on natural/organic products that reduce these problems. Ingredients such as jojoba, coconut, olive, sunflower, grapeseed oils and a host of essential oils help you get better results. Rooted in tradition, these oils help keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. Looking to grow your hair and use products that are known to work when caring for black hair naturally? Let’s take a look at: Serums What is a serum and how can it help my hair grow, you ask? Serums nourish and nurture your scalp. They’re often lighter in texture than other products. However, if you choose to make or use a serum that consist of Castor oil for your entire base, your serum will have a sticky feel. Castor oil is known to help in stimulating hair growth and protects your hair and potentially fills in damaged spots in the keratin of individual strands. What does that mean? Less breakage of the hairs on your head … and consequently, longer lengths. Castor oil isn't the only botanical that’s used in hair serums and known to promote hair growth. On the lighter side of oils used in hair serums is Coconut oil.The use of coconut oil can protect and moisturize your scalp while stimulating growth of healthy hair. Moisture is essential for healthy hair. When used, coconut oil penetrates your hair shaft and protects it against environmental toxins and excess heat. Coconut oil not only improves scalp circulation and boost nutrients and oxygen to your hair, it’s rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin K and iron. It effectively eliminates dandruff while boosting hair growth. Organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil will often provide the best results. No hair serum is complete without essential oils. Rosemary, Lavender, Chamomile and Sage are often found in a good hair care serum.

  • Rosemary essential oil encourages hair growth, alleviates hair dryness and rids you of itchy scalp and dandruff.
  • Lavender essential oil is known to promote hair growth. In addition, it’s also very effective at treating severe hair and scalp conditions, such as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease characterized by patchy hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.
  • Chamomile essential oil is a hair and scalp soothing essential oil known for its conditioning properties that add luster and sheen to your kinky, curly, coily mane.
  • Sage essential oil an effective clarifying essential oil that cleanses scalp impurities. It works well with other herbs to heal scalp conditions such as psoriasis. When combined with zinc, it can also help eliminate dandruff.
(Caution: Pregnant women should avoid essential oils because some of them can be dangerous for unborn children. Always dilute with a carrier oil, i.e. jojoba, grapeseed, olive) Shampoos and Conditioners This combination has been the basic elements of a good natural hair care regimen. Used to cleanse dirt and debris from your hair and scalp, shampoos and conditioners must not be over used when it comes to caring for African American hair. A lot of shampoos and conditioners strip African American hair of its natural oils causing it to become dry and brittle. In keeping with essential oils as part of a natural ingredient list known for their beneficial properties to hair, Peppermint and Tea Tree are two oils that work wonders for natural hair care. Peppermint essential oil stimulates the blood flow to your hair root, which allows nourishment to promote hair growth. That tingling sensation you feel when you use peppermint essential oil is encouraging the flow of blood and the overall health to your hair and scalp. Tea tree oil purifies the scalp and treats dandruff problems. The oil also moisturizes your hair, stimulates your scalp, balances the production of your hair’s natural oils, discourages bacteria and fungal scalp problems and clears clogged hair follicles. Whew! Tea Tree is known to do a lot for your hair and skin. Hair Butter No natural black hair care regimen would be complete without having a hair butter as part of your arsenal. Hair butters have replaced the old hair pomades and grease that we know so well. These products would give us the initial shine and slick look we wanted only to give way to dry brittle hair in the long run. The base of these products were petroleum and mineral oil. We’ve since learned that these two ingredients are not always the friend to our hair that we imagined them to be. Replacing these products are hair butters that are full of natural ingredients such as, Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter and natural carrier oils all known to moisturize and enhance the health of your natural curls. Often used for two strand twist and loc maintenance, hair butters can give your hair just enough oil to manipulate your tender strands without bringing untold damage to your hair. The Art and Science of Natural Black Hair Care Caring for African American hair naturally, is an art and a science unto itself. Art delivered in the styles and head dress that only you can create and wear like a Queen. It becomes Science, when you learn the right ingredients and the amount that’s best for “Your” head of hair. Everyone's hair is different. No two heads have the same kind … grade of hair. You become the mad scientist working through one concoction after another, hoping to find just the right system. When you find it, that’s when the world bares witness to the Alchemist you’ve become. As a licensed esthetician, most people believe that we only study and enhance our knowledge as it refers to your beautiful black skin. What is the scalp on your head, if it’s not your skin? As Always, Dedicated to Your Beauty, Juliette Samuel Esthetician/Author/Publisher/Aromatherapist Nyraju Skin Care
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