The Real Cause of Mid-Strand Splits and How to Avoid Them

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As if split ends were not trouble enough, curly girls also have to deal with another hair damaging issue, one that some never even knew existed. What am I talking about? Mid-shaft splits. Yes, this is another thing to add to your list of things to avoid when caring and treating your natural curls. So what exactly is a mid-shaft split and how can you prevent this from happening?

Why the Health of Your Scalp Matters and its role in Natural Hair Growth

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by Rochelle Farquharson via blacknaps.org

The state of your scalp dictates whether or not your hair grows! Say Whaaaaaaaat? But my hair is always growing! Yes it grows, but only if you maintain a healthy scalp.

I want you to think about your scalp and hair, and compare it to growing and maintaining a plant. If the soil is watered and is weed free then that plant is destined to thrive. The scalp is the foundation of healthy hair, and to achieve length you must maintain a regimen that caters to keeping the hair and scalp clean and healthy. Scalp health is not just about maintaining the skin that is visible through your strands, but it’s also about preserving what’s underneath. I’m referring to the hair follicle.

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5 Oils for Hair Growth and Thickness


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Nothing’s worse than passing your hands through your hair and finding that you’re shedding more than usual. The worse part about this is that stressing over an excessive amount of hair fall will actually only make the condition worse.

Suffice it to say, there are many simple remedies to combat hair fall but the best and most simple remedy of all is implementing natural oils into your regimen. We always hear that oils are great sealants, and we know that they prevent dry scalp, but what benefits do they have in regards to hair fall and retaining natural hair length and thickness? Here are the top 5 herbal oils to use in order to reduce and prevent shedding.

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Tips for Growing Longer, Healthier, Natural Hair!


 
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by Amanda
When it comes to hair growth, the concern is not so much how to make your hair grow, but rather how do you retain length. Breakage is a result of excessive manipulation, heat usage, chemical application, and wearing certain hairstyles. When you want to retain length past your shoulders, it is important to first evaluate your regimen. Then, you should consider your hair type. Density and curl pattern affect whether your hair grows out or down. Sometimes it will begin to grow out and then grow downward as you retain length and gravity takes over. Some textures, especially afro-textured hair, will always hover above the shoulders in a shrunken state, even though it could be kneecap length when stretched. Regardless of texture, if you are concerned about retaining length, evaluate these three areas in your regimen.

Struggling With Hair Loss? Try This.



For many struggling with hair loss, finding the root of the problem can be an ongoing struggle.

There can be so many factors as to why hair loss happens including diet, medications, hormonal changes, rapid weight loss and stress to name a few. Although there are many supplements and topical solutions that will help with hair loss, studies have shown that the addition of an important amino acid, L-Lysine can be effective.

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This is the Only Oil Proven to Promote Hair Growth

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by Fiona of LoveYourTresses

Fun fact-- our hair is likely to grow at a slower rate during the colder months due to several factors.  Check out this post for the full scoop. One of the main factors I mentioned was the slower rate of blood circulation especially to our extremities, e.g. the scalp, fingertips and toes. Of course once I had learned this I had to figure out a way to combat it, and so I did some research and put together this video, on 4 growth boosting techniques to tackle the winter growth slump. One of the techniques shown in the video was the addition of an essential oil to each and every hair product that comes into contact with my scalp. The essential oil in question? Peppermint oil.

The 'Water Only Washing' Method for Softer, Healthier Natural Hair?

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by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

The Water Only Washing method isn’t a new concept, but it started to gain notoriety on natural hair forums around 2013, and the premise is that our naturally occurring sebum is all the product we need. By eliminating all other products from your regimen, including natural oils and butters, you can simply use water to move the sebum down the hair shaft and eventually coat the hair completely. Once the hair is completely coated with sebum from your scalp, your hair is said to be soft and moisturized, easy to detangle, and your natural curls will pop.

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Why Does My Natural Hair Always Look So Dry?


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

When it comes to maintaining moisture in your hair, sheen is one of the main characteristics you are told to look out for but what if your hair doesn’t have “sheen?” The reason being is straight hair reflects light, while highly textured hair with its curls and and bends actually refracts light, giving it a dull appearance.

There is a difference between our hair's natural less-than-sheeny look and being dry. Yes, it is possible for your hair to be lacking luster, but it doesn’t always mean that the hair is dry or lacking moisture. There are many reasons as to why some natural hair seems to look more dry than others, but here are 3 main reasons why your natural hair is lacking luster:

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Black Women And Hair Loss: How To Stop The Cycle


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair loss is not just a problem for men as women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers according to the American Hair Loss Association. Honestly, many women are suffering in silence and this devastating problem is no more felt harder than in the African American community.

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Can You Speed Up Hair Growth?

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Most women want healthy hair that grows faster. It is true. We are impatient. So if these questions have been on your minds, here are your answers.

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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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