This is What Professionals Think About Natural Hair Vitamins



You’ve probably seen promotions for hair growth vitamins, gummies, and even elixirs and might have wondered if these products can help you achieve your hair goals. Six experts were consulted to understand what professionals think about hair vitamins, whether or not they work, and what you should know before trying them.

What You’re Doing Wrong With Your Braid Outs




You’ve watched the tutorial twice from start to finish, then you start the mission on your hair but it doesn’t seem to come out exactly like your fav YouTuber. We have all been there, trying to calculate the steps we might have missed! Braid-outs can be challenging, especially for kinkier hair types so I am going to share with you some of my tips to get a super defined braid out.

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Exercise to Improve Hair

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Andrea Whiting of Forkinkygirls.com

Your genetic makeup is usually the main factor in hair growth, but exercising can also promote and maximize healthy hair growth. While cardiovascular exercise is obviously a great way to maintain a healthy and properly functioning body, the improved blood circulation allows the transportation of nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles, which is essential for growth. Where there's adequate blood flow, there is stimulation and growth!

5 Tips for Growing Long, Natural Hair



 Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural

I started my natural hair journey in 2009 and the number one question I get from other naturalistas is what did I do to grow my hair so long.  My answer? I simply stopped getting relaxers... there's some genetics going on too, though. It's really about length retention and not growth. I always state that just because you stop relaxing your hair, does not always mean it will grow to waist length. Many women become discouraged and disappointed when they do not reach the length they want quickly. Length retention is possible! I will share with you a few of my tips that helped me retain length over the years.

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Protect Your Ends
You have to protect those precious ends! The way that I keep my ends protected is always sealing them with oil. I love coconut oil on my hair but there are others that you can use that you may like better (jojoba, olive, grapeseed etc). I usually wear my hair in twists or a high bun. This also protects them because they are tucked out of the way.

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Apricot Oil for Softer, Fuller Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of Seriouslynatural.org

From olive to coconut, it seems as though every oil we come across is better than the next. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, especially when we see our favorite You Tubers and hair crushes raving about the newest trends.

Although most of us would like to argue that coconut oil is the be-all-end-all solution for everything from dry scalp to crusty feet, apricot oil has been making waves for a while as possibly being one of the best oils in the game. So what’s so great about it? What is it about apricot oil that has everyone in such a tizzy?

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Rice Water Rinse for Natural Hair Growth



New year,  new rinse-- rice water.  DiscoveringNatrural is sharing an addition to her natural hair routine that resulted in improved health and growth last year.  Curious about the benefits of rice water for hair?  Get the deets--
"Rice water has amazing hair and skin benefits. A recent research has shown that rice water exhibit hair care effects, such as decreasing surface friction and improving hair elasticity. Rice water has inositol, a carbohydrate, that can repair damaged hair, as well as protect it from damage. Specialized imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection and beautifying effects.
So, Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will improve manageability and protect it from future damage. In addition, the amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and sheen and make hair silky smooth." - HairBuddha
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What I've Learned About Growing My Natural Hair...



Over the years I have learned so much about natural hair and most of what I’ve learned has come from my own journey with my hair. After watching countless Youtube videos and educating myself on natural hair, I came to conclusion that there are 4 tips necessary for natural hair growth that are simple and easy. I wanted to keep this short, sweet, and to the point.  Enjoy!

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What is MSM? Can it Help My Natural Hair Growth?


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It’s always a pleasant surprise when you stumble upon a vitamin or supplement that can cure some of the most common health issues, while also giving you a nice little beauty boost. And such is the case for MSM!

I was recently chatting with a newly natural neighbor (try saying that 3 times fast!), when she asked about supplements she could take for hair growth. I suggested MSM. I guess she expected me say something like biotin or a multivitamin, because she instantly looked confused. So I explained that MSM, aka methylsulfonylmethane, is a sulfur-based compound that is naturally found in many foods such as milk, onions, garlic and green vegetables. Next to water and salt, MSM is also the 3rd largest compound found in the human body. Within the medical community, MSM has been traditionally used to treat pain bone and joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and tendonitis. But it also has a really cool side effect. And this really cool “side effect” is hair growth.

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Can too much protein really cause dry, breaking hair?

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Q: Hello, I’ve heard that too much protein can be bad for hair and cause it to become dry and eventually break off. I have a conditioner called Abba gentle conditioner that has protein but when I use it my hair looks and feels great. So is there any truth to this?

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This notion that too much protein is bad for your hair comes up quite often. I’ve even heard the concern raised that you can have “protein sensitive hair.” But when you look at the science there’s no mechanism for topically applied protein causing hair to break. So what’s going on here?

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How to Read Natural Hair Product Labels

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by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk.com

Paraben free. Sulfate free. Silicone free. Yes, we’ve all seen these words plastered across a lot of products but what does this stuff really mean? What’s really inside natural hair products and how does it affect your hair? Often, we gravitate to what sounds great on the front of a label. But the proof is in the pudding aka the ingredients. Brands are required to list the scientific name of ingredients on the labels, therefore; you may think an ingredient is harmful simply because you can not pronounce the word. I’m here to tell you that’s simply not true. Here’s how to understand the ingredients in natural hair products the next time you’re about to spend your coins on the latest product or if you’re shopping with us at texturesnaturalhaircare.com of course!

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The Secret to Natural Hair Moisture Retention

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.com

There's a lot of information out there about the importance of the hair's cuticle and keeping it closed and smooth.  However, it's important to note that you first actually want to open it to allow in the moisture and nourishment!  This article will share details on the structure of the hair, and how to open and close the cuticle to retain proper moisture levels for healthy natural hair care.  A smooth, closed cuticle really is the secret to stronger, healthier hair.

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5 Things That Prevent Hair Growth


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Last year was definitely a year of learning about my hair for me. I made some good hair habits, and some not so good, but all in all I can truly say that I know my hair much better now than I did at the beginning of the year.

Sometimes we don’t always pursue the best habits for our hair and let’s face it: we’re all human and sometimes our hair can’t take first place. But this year, let’s commit to being better to our hair and retaining as much growth as possible by leaving these hair habits behind me:

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How To Heal Your Damaged Hair In The Kitchen


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by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Nothing ruins a fab twist out faster than split ends.

If your hair is dry, brittle, and breaking, you've probably got damage. Over styling, bi-weekly blowouts, and a number of other factors can wreak havoc on our strands. From rocking too tight braids to using too much heat, damage shows itself in split ends and dull, dry hair.

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Should I Really Use Grease on My Natural Hair?

By: Hair Liberty's Nicole Hollis

Q: Should I really use grease on my hair?


A: Grease is usually a combination of petroleum (cleaned up sludge from the earth) and mineral oil (even cleaner, liquefied sludge from the earth). Petroleum-based products come from the same Earth that we pollute everyday with factory run off, pharmaceuticals, household chemicals, etc. Questions about the safety of mineral oil and petroleum in cosmetic products come from concern that they may not be clean enough after coming from such a dirty place. The petroleum and mineral oil used in medicinal creams (Neosporin, for example) gets cleaned much more thoroughly than the stuff used in hair products.

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Increase Natural Hair Growth with Dandelions



by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Dandelions are often seen as just being flowering weeds that are seen in the yard or coming through cracks in pavement. They are actually great for your health and have been used for centuries for that reason. Almost the entire plant is usable and edible.

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Top Tips for Caring for Natural Hair at Bedtime

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By Sabrina Perkins of NaturalHairForBeginners.com

What to do with your natural hair at night is just as important as what to do with it in the morning. While relaxed we really didn't worry much about it other than making sure to not ruin the style but as we learn more about how to care for our natural tresses we find the importance of everything we do!

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I Stay Trimming My Hair But My Ends Keep Splitting and Breaking...


Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Does it seem like you can never get rid of your split end problem? Well, part of this because to an extent you never really will. Let me explain.

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Moringa Oil for Stronger, Longer Natural Hair


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Have you heard of Moringa Oil? I know you are probably thinking, 'Not another oil! How many can there be?!' Well let me tell you about Moringa and how she has helped my dry scalp and hair. Moringa oil is a powerful oil that has amazing benefits not only for your hair but for your skin too-- a two in one combo, and I’m here for it! Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of Moringa oleifera, also known as the Drumstick tree which is found in Africa. Moringa oil is also known as Ben Oil, or Behen Oil. Here are some amazing benefits of Moringa Oil:

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A New Treatment for Women Who Suffer from Hair Loss


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair loss is a serious subject that far too many women face. Couple that with the recent study findings presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting that black women are more prone to hair loss and you see why we cannot seem to stop discussing it.

This new treatment is called PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and requires no surgery, no drugs and no expensive or messy ointments. While this treatment is new, the process of Platelet Rich Plasma is not. According to ABC News:

The Best Herbal Infusions for Strong and Healthy Natural Hair

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by Sointocurls via BlackNaps.org

Most likely, you may have heard of herbal infusions for health purposes. Because of the cancer-fighting properties of many herbs, many people regularly prepare and enjoy herbal concoctions for relaxation and medicinal purposes and also to satisfy their palates. But did you know that herbal infusions can also be used to strengthen and beautify hair?

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