The Secret Ingredient That Works Magic for Naturally Curly Hair

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by Nicole via TexturedTalk.com

Attention curly girls: Major key alert!! Are you looking for the cure for dull, lifeless curly hair? How about something to help combat that dry itchy scalp? Long hair, don’t care? I know something that can help promote hair growth too! Curlfriends, I introduce to you……………..Aloe Vera! Yes, aloe vera! This prickly plant is jammed packed with so many vitamins and nutrients! This is the secret ingredient that will work magic on your hair and the benefits of aloe vera for natural hair are endless. Here are some of the ways that aloe vera can help your strands:

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Should You Be Using Tea Tree Oil for Your Natural Hair?




Uses of tea tree oil
A renewed interest in natural substances has increased the availability of tea tree oil as a home remedy, and has also inspired research into its composition and beneficial properties. While it should never be taken internally due to potential toxicity, it is fantastic for topical treatment at home of:
  • dandruff
  • hair growth
  • acne
  • ingrown hair
  • superficial wounds
  • bug bites
  • thrush
  • athlete’s foot
  • fever blisters

Top 10 Ingredients that Stimulate Hair Growth



When there are issues with getting your hair to grow, it’s important to rectify the situation both internally and externally. A number of factors contribute to reduced hair growth, from your scalp being too dirty or your pores being blocked from build-up.

It is true that nothing but time can make your hair grow, but there may be ways to help stimulate hair growth. Check out these options to give your curls extra encouragement.

1. Peppermint Oil
With a fresh aroma, this strongly concentrated oil must be diluted before applying the scalp. It penetrates the scalp and stimulates the hair follicle, allowing for more oxygen production that gives your curls the green light to grow.

Tip:
Apply it directly to the scalp with a gentle massage and cover for 20 to 30 minutes.
Check out this DIY Peppermint Pre-Poo recipe to help stimulate blood circulation to your scalp.

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Natural Hair Growth Pills | Do They Work?



Why does every one's hair seem to grow faster than yours?
Have you tried a myriad of hair growth pills and potions?
Do you wonder if they really work?

Hair growth pills claim to grow your natural hair longer, thicker and healthier.  Is it true, or is it simply a sales gimmick?

Let's first begin with how your hair grows out of your scalp.

Okay, get out your notebook and take this down!

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6 Foods for Growing Long, Healthy, Natural Hair

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by Vineetha Reddy

Caring for your hair involves more than just protecting it from dust and pollution, and using external applicants to nourish it. The biggest factor that determines the quality of your hair is what you consume. For your hair to be nourished from the inside, you need to eat foods rich in certain vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair health. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that provide your curls with the nutrients they need to be healthy and gorgeous.

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The Natural Hair Loss Remedy You Have to Try!



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Pumpkin Seed Oil (PSO) is a delicate ingredient that doesn't get much time to shine. It is a rich green color. The oil contains natural antioxidants, protein, omega 6 fatty acids, vitamins A, B, K, sulfur and zinc. PSO naturally blocks dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the hormone that causes hair loss and typical male/female pattern baldness. It is also a recommended oil to use for those that suffer from alopecia. For more info on DHT check out this article.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Benefits
-Boost hair growth
-Protects hair follicles
-Aids in cell regeneration
-Deters dandruff
-Maintains scalp sebum (oil) production
-Increases overall sheen of the hair
-Anti-inflammatory
-Very emollient

What's not to love about this powerful oil, right?! Alone, it's wonderful for hair growth, but when added to my favorite oils... that's what makes it a hair health titan!

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#TeamEdges : How to Treat and Prevent Thin Edges



Any woman can experience thinning, breaking, or balding edges. It’s not just women who are relaxed, wear weave, or are older. There are numerous reasons why your hairline can thin. Hair loss is not confined to men; women actually make up 40% of Americans suffering from hair loss, according to American Hair Loss. Thinning edges can be upsetting and embarrassing, and many of us are haunted by pictures of super models with bare edges. So it is no wonder so many women are desperate for answers.

The Causes of Thinning Edges
Prevention attributes the main causes of hair loss to pregnancy, postpartum, drastic weight loss, stress, hereditary, hypothyroidism, chronic illnesses like lupus, iron deficiency anemia, hormone imbalances like polycystic ovarian syndrome, scalp conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, alopecia areata, and excessive styling.

Many women, whether natural or relaxed, are experiencing thinning edges due to excessive styling and/or bad styling habits. First off, do not feel like you are alone. This can happen to anyone and may happen regardless of doing everything right. Sometimes we see the problem occurring before it gets too bad and we curtail whatever the problem is.

What’s the best plant based moisturizer for hair and skin?

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CN Says: 
Although this article focuses on skin care, we use these same ingredients in our hair! I hope it helps! Spoiler alert- shea butter, rice bran and olive oil are the winners ;) 


Q:  Rebecca asks us to recommend the most effective, longest lasting, all around best plant-based moisturizer for skin. In our response we talk about the different methods of moisturization and what it means to be “plant-based.”

A: 3 methods of moisturization.

1. Occlusives
Purpose: To reduce how much water evaporates through your skin. (Cosmetic scientists refer to this as TransEpidermal Moisture Loss or TEWL.) Occlusive agents form a hydrophobic barrier on your skin that keeps the water on the inside. The most effective examples include petrolatum, mineral oil, and dimethicone. Some plant oils help occlude the skin but typically they are included more for their emolliency.

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Always Have Split Ends? Learn How to Stop Them, Now.

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Question

No matter how many times I cut my hair I always have split ends. How can I stop this?

Do Hair Vitamins Really Work?

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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

You've seen questions about them in the forums and pictures on the 'gram. Reality TV personalities, rappers, and models, pose with a bottle (or cup of tummy flattening tea) praise supplements that promise transformations of your hair from the inside out.

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Detangling Natural Hair- Frequency and Length Retention

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Detangling
For many of us, it might as well be a four letter word. Some of us avoid it until our hair is on the brink of disaster, while others may do some form of it a few times a week or even daily. We all know the dangers of pushing detangling sessions too far back -- from breakage and matting to cutting out clumps of knots. But what about detangling too frequently? Is there a such thing as doing too much detangling?

There's an old adage that says, too much of anything is bad for you. By and large, that tends to be true. Detangling is great for releasing shed hairs, making the removal of buildup easier, and not to mention, it is the cornerstone of every fabulous natural hair style. But when done too often, detangling can lead to the following:

How to Troubleshoot Your Natural Hair Growth Problem

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by Aziza Glass of www.azizaglass.com via BlackNaps.org

I’m a scientist. With most problems I encounter, I tend to solve them as if they are an experiment. If I know that certain predictions should come to pass and do not, the problem is most likely located within my protocol or process. Fast forward to the moment I realized my hair just wasn’t growing the way it should. I decided to attempt to identify the culprit.

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Do tea rinses really make hair grow faster?

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by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

Any other tea lovers out there? I know I’m not the only one who is a fan of a variety of teas. Drinking tea has so many benefits, whether you’re looking for energy or relaxation. I actually drink tea similar to how most people drink coffee, with milk or creamer. So tasty! Naturalistas are known for taking everyday kitchen items and using them in our hair care routine, and teas are no different. There are several benefits of using tea for your hair care regimen. Herbal hair rinses have been used for centuries to naturally soften hair, increase manageability, and restore luster, body and bounce.

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How to Tell if Your Natural Hair is Damaged



Do you know what damaged hair looks like, feels like, and even acts like? Often, we get used to the way our hair behaves (or doesn’t) and ignore the signs of true damage. Bald patches, clumps of hair falling out, or thinning edges — these are easy to spot. But what about the other, less-obvious signs that your hair is in serious trouble?

If you comb, brush, shampoo, chemically straighten, or use heat-styling tools or permanent color, the fact is, you are in some way or another harming your hair. Even pulling your hair into a ponytail too often can be destructive. Before you throw your hands up in the air and surrender, know that it is possible to prevent this damage. You just have to know what to look for.

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Stop Doing This to Your Natural Hair

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Hair care is all about preservation. Your hair is not living like your scalp; it can be temporarily repaired but not permanently restored. Everything in hair care is meant to help maintain and style it. As your hair grows and you retain length, your hair is healthiest at the roots and usually the most damaged at the ends, which is why trims help to retain length. Before purchasing products and building a new regimen, it is helpful to understand how damage occurs and basic ways to maintain your curls.

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Thicker Natural Hair with Biotin and Castor Oil? The Science.


by Erica Douglas aka SisterScientist 

Ladies, can we agree that we live in a world of hair envy? We constantly want what somebody else has, and want to know why our hair cannot do what her hair does. However, achieving those results (without hair extensions) may be physically impossible due to genetics, age, or health. Big, voluminous hair is all the rage, and whether or not you have it is often determined by your hair density and your hair width.

The Science Behind Your Hair Thickness
First, let’s clarify the difference between hair density and hair width.
  • Hair density measures the number of hairs in a given area of the scalp
  • Hair width measures the diameter of each individual hair strand
Before you start spending money on products that make claims to thicken the hair, first try to understand the cause of your thinning and become better informed on how products achieve these claims so that you can set realistic expectations. 

What Sulfates Do To Natural Hair

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by Mary Wolff

Chemicals and harsh ingredients in beauty products are nothing new.  We all want great hair and we use the products that we think will help make that happen. But will our hair look great years from now after using harsh chemicals?

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The Un-Natural Ingredient in Your Favorite Curl Creme


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Walk into your local beauty supply store, and you'll find tons of products that promise longer, stronger, healthier hair. From castor to monoi oil, cleansing conditioners to conditioning repair creams, the choices are endless. But as you scrutinize the labels looking for parabens and cones, you may still be damaging your hair--and much more.

Do you know what's really in your products? "All natural" might not always mean what you think. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed over 1,000 products marketed to black women--and found that 1 in 12 contained chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.

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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for Hair Typing Natural Hair


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair typing is the easy way to determine what type of curls you have. Although it is obvious enough that natural hair varies in texture, hair typing is a system that makes it easy to point out what category your strands fall in. Hair typing is a big thing in natural hair and while the verdict is out on whether it truly figures it all out for you, many still subscribe to it in aiding in hair product purchases and how to care for one's own curls.

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Has Your Hair Reached Its Terminal Length?


by AB of TheKinkAndI.com

Short answer: NO.

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