DIY Flaxseed Hair Gel

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by Sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

There are lots of ways nature can help you get your best curls. One of the best nature has to offer is flaxseed. Perfect for natural hair for a variety of reasons from helping to keep the scalp healthy to making hair stronger, a DIY flaxseed hair gel is a favorite among naturals looking for an at-home solution with great hold and moisturizing properties. This quick, homemade recipe can promote hair growth, give curls shine and definition, and provide nourishing Omega 3, as well as be extremely cost-effective. With so many benefits rolled into one, this is a must-try recipe for all aspiring Curly Mixologists!

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Easy DIY Pre-Shampoo Treatment for Dry, Itchy Scalp

by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Is your scalp always dry? Itchy? Do you suffer from dandruff? Then a DIY Pre-Shampoo treatment may be the answer! I suffer from dry scalp and dandruff. I try to find ways to help combat my scalp issues. As you know I have been protective styling all summer for weeks at a time, and my dandruff seems to be at bay until around about the 4th week. It’s important to take care of your scalp because healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp!

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DIY: Hibiscus & Citrus Anti-Itch Braid Spray Recipe

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by Taymer Mason of Blacknaps.org

Summer is upon us and many of us will choose a protective style to help us combat the humidity which can spoil any great twist out! Box Braids and crochet braids are going to be popular and if you choose to wear them, proper hair care must start from pre-treatment through installation and maintenance.

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DIY: Coconut Aloe Deep Conditioner for Softer Natural Hair

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By Taymer Mason via BlackNaps.org

Summer is around the corner and many of us are wondering what to do with our hair. Should we install box braids, cut our hair off or just let our afros blow in the breeze? One thing for sure is that if you choose to wear your hair loose getting is soft and shiny should be the order of the day. Healthy hair is the base of great lasting styles. This hair softening conditioner leaves your hair so soft and shiny there is no need for heavy butters and products.

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3 DIY Castor Oil Masks for Restoring Damaged Natural Hair

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Castor oil is a natural oil that is rich in fatty acids and other nutrients that help to moisturize, strengthen and condition the hair. Castor oil is best known for having the amazing ability to promote growth in all hair types. It contains hair growth and regeneration properties and the oil’s triglycerides of ricinoleic acid makes it anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. That makes it an ideal oil for combating and preventing scalp infections, fungi and unhealthy bacteria.

If you suffer from hair loss or dry scalp, here are 3 castor oil hair masks that will work to repair and strengthen your damaged hair.

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5 Easy Homemade Natural Hair Gel Recipes

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by Jonna via BlackNaps.org

Hair gel is a staple product for everyone regardless of your hair type or texture. Gels provide hold for sleek styles, and define curls for those who want to rock their natural texture. However, gels have gotten a bad rap for being drying, and leaving the hair flaky and crunchy. Because of that, many have opted for natural, homemade option for gels.

Not only are these DIY homemade hair gel recipes easy to make, the ingredients are also relatively inexpensive. Here are 5 DIY homemade hair gel recipes that you can try yourself at home:

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Honey Treatments for Healthy Scalp and Natural Hair

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by SOINTOCURLS of BlackNaps.org

What is antibacterial and moisturizing all at once? Oh, and it’s probably already in your kitchen cabinet. Any guesses? If you surmised honey, you are absolutely right! There are several varieties that can be used, and your wallet will be the determining factor as to how much you want to spend:

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Avocados for Natural Hair Shine and Growth


by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Avocados truly are nature’s fruit for overall health and beauty. It has quite the amount of uses and benefits, but here are some key ones to zone in on…

#1 They are a great source of good fat and protein. You can make shakes, put them in salads and even make avocado mac n cheese for a healthy alternative.

#2 Improve your skin. Just by consuming more avocados I truly have seen a difference in my skin, including less breakouts. However, you can create avocado skin masks as well. Avocados contain oleic acid, which is helpful in combating skin problems like acne.

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3 Clays to Detox and Restore Your Natural Hair and Scalp


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Although hair strands are considered "dead", I like to treat mine as though they were alive. After all, they play such a big role in my life and I would be devastated to lose them! I do different things that will help keep my strands attached to my head, so I can enjoy them for as long as I can.

I find that my hair loves natural remedies, since I have yet to have any side effects from using them. Since I went natural in 2008, my hair has bounced back from all of the harsh treatments I have put it through. Thankfully, my strands have been the utmost forgiving and decided to give me a second chance.

Today, I have long tail-bone length curly hair and I have my natural regimen to thank for that. One of my favorite remedies to use for my hair (and skin) consist of clays. I love them all, but I have certain ones that I prefer over others, especially when it comes to my hair. The three clays that I adore are highly beneficial for your scalp and hair.

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DIY Organic Styling Gel for Thicker, Healthier Natural Hair



Chia seeds are similar to flaxseeds, and when used for hair care, promote growth, shine, moisture and fight hair loss.  Watch as JungleNaps creates an easy DIY styling gel for her natural hair!

DIY Face and Scalp Aloe Cream



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

We all want beautiful, healthy skin and hair. Circulation and healthy habits are key elements to having your best skin and hair. While the body naturally maintains circulation, there is nothing wrong with giving it a helping hand! It is important to stimulate your blood flow on a regular basis to ensure healthy skin and scalp. A simple way to do this is with oil massages.

Just to tackle two tasks at once, why not do a facial massage then one for your scalp with the same easy to make cream? This massage cream will be your new beauty BFF. Check it out.


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DIY: Ayurvedic Conditioning Custard for Natural Hair

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by Emilia Obiekea of Adorebotanicals.com

I love Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and everything natural!  It's a new year and winter is taking its toll on our strands. When my hair needs a big dose of nourishment I whip up this easy, DIY mask. It is enriched with strengthening and softening ingredients to smooth and moisturize your natural hair. Check it out.

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The Best Ingredients for Your Homemade Deep Conditioner Recipe


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Now that Winter and its harsh winds is here, it’s so important to either develop or maintain a healthy moisturizing routine for your hair by reassessing your techniques. One of the most important components of a natural hair regimen is regular deep conditioning. In the fall/winter months, utilizing deep conditioners that are moisturizing for the hair will prove to be of unique importance, as the conditions of the season cause the hair to be drier and therefore frizzier if not properly cared for.

There are some excellent deep conditioners on the market, but sometimes a good ‘ol homemade deep conditioner does your strands some good! Plus it’s nice to utilize what’s already at your fingertips.

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The Amazing Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Natural Hair



Grape seed extract is an industrial derivative of grape seeds that contain high amounts of antioxidants and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, also known as OPCs.

Through years of research, it has been found that grape seed extract has several health benefits (it may prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, strengthen the immune system and protect your body from risks of diseases such as dementia and even cancer-- National Central of Complimentary and Integrated Health).

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5 DIY Moisturizers for Long, Healthy Natural Hair

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By Neisha of BlackNaps.org

Moisturizing is essential, especially for Type 4 natural hair.  Many naturals have spent lots of money (and time searching for) moisturizing products that may not have (or may have) worked. Did you know that your kitchen is loaded down with ingredients that can be used to nourish, moisturize and grow your hair long and strong? Below, find some easy, DIY recipes for homemade moisturizers:

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How to Get Rid of Gray Hair, Naturally!


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

We've discussed the amazing benefits of sweet potatoes for our bodies and hair. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins A, B6, C, D, and E while containing iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, niacin and magnesium. This beauty food is a go-to for hair loss but as sweet as it is, it has some competition for being an asset to our tresses especially for hair loss and restoring graying hair.

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How to Use Sweet Almond Oil for Your Hair and Skin



The almond is a drupe (not a 'nut' by definition) which calls the Middle East and South Asia home. During ancient times, this beauty miracle started making its way along the Mediterranean through Africa, Europe, and eventually the United States. Now it's in many of our hair and beauty products.

Sweet Almond Oil is one of the best oils for use on your hair--it helps damaged and dull hair become shinier & stronger. Almond Oil is an all natural substance high in vitamins A, B, D and E, magnesium, zinc, potassium as well as healthy fats. All hair types will benefit from this awesome oil.

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DIY Leave-in Conditioner for Damaged Hair


The green stuff that is wheat germ oil. This stuff is awesome and what I mean by awesome is awesome! If you have not used or thought about using wheat germ oil, well then I’m going to need you to rethink that.

Though wheat germ oil is great for salads because of its nutty taste, it’s also excellent for hair because it is a ceramide oil. Ceramide oils work by creating a sort of protective barrier around the hair shaft which in turn holds in moisture and protein all while also protecting the hair from heat damage and UV rays (so it works as a sunscreen for your hair) and in doing so, helps to “repair” or prevent further damage to the cuticle layers of your hair.

You can use wheat germ oil a few times a week to keep your hair soft and supple. But don’t just take my word for it, try this hair magic moisturizer our for yourself!

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3 Coconut Oil Hair Masks to Moisturize Your Natural Hair

 

Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits with its fatty acids, Poly-phenols, vitamins and minerals. It is great for hair and skin, your immunity, weight loss and even heart health. Heck, I'm wondering if I should try coconut sugar (I keep seeing it at Sam's and it be calling my name) so who is it any wonder why there are tons of hair treatments using coconut oil?

Here are three super-duper moisturizing hair masks you need to be trying ASAP!

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Benefits of Aloe Vera in Hair


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There are lots of natural options that are touted as healing for hair. One of the oldest and most widely accepted is aloe vera. There are many reasons that the benefits of aloe vera in hair are recognized and legitimate.

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