Grow Longer, Stronger Natural Hair With Regular Hot Oil Treatments

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by Alexandria Jones via SeriouslyNatural.org

What’s a Naturalista to do when her hair is being crazy and uncooperative? A hot oil treatment!

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Do It Yourself Hair Masks

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by Mary Wolff

When it comes to taking your beauty into your own hands, you can’t beat do it yourself hair masks. A homemade hair mask is not only affordable and effective; it can be really easy! When using products from the store, you never really know what might be lurking under the label. With do it yourself hair masks, you can use the most natural ingredients, and all from your kitchen, for a hair care treatment you can feel good about.

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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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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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Benefits of Aloe Vera in Hair


by MaiCurls via GlobalCoutureblog.net


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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7 Oils for Natural Hair Besides Coconut Oil!


 by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk.com

I love coconut oil just as much as the next person; however, there are several other oils for natural hair that reap the same, if not better benefits. Don’t get me wrong, coconut oil is great! I use it as an as a substitute for lotion, a makeup remover, for cooking purposes, and even oil pulling (that one time I tried oil pulling lol); however, let’s explore other impressive oils for natural hair that you should try. But first, do you know the difference between an essential oil and a carrier oil? If not, keep reading to find out.

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How to Use Shea Butter to Soften Natural Hair





Packed with vitamin A, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, raw shea butter is an all-around hair and skin care product with origins in West Africa. For decades, it has remained a favorite ingredient in the hair and skin care industry for multiple reasons.

The shea butter that most of us are used to is a butter that is extracted from shea nuts of the shea-karite tree. This buttery substance is usually then further processed to meet the needs and demands of the end user. However, many naturals have started purchasing the butter online in its raw form and whipping up their own product into a consistency that might be easier to apply to their hair or skin. Doing this can also provide DIYers the opportunity to add other carrier and essential oils to help enhance the natural properties of shea butter.

While there are many benefits of Shea butter on natural hair, here are the top 3 reasons why so many community members love this all-natural ingredient.

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DIY Natural Hair Care- Safety First, Tho!

 

by Emilia Obiekea by AdoreBotanicals.com

I love DIY and all that can be done with it. Using organic ingredients in their rawest form and combining them in different ways to become something new is fun. Customizing products to work for friends, family, coworkers or myself. The bonus is making items that work without adding unnecessary harmful ingredients.

Who wouldn't love that?
Interest in DIY has increased significantly along with the popularity of natural hair increasing rapidly over the years. I find it is of the highest importance to know how to create products, at home, in the most sanitary ways possible. The following are things that I find to be very helpful for the home beauty diy-er.

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The Coconut Milk Treatment for Soft, Humidity-Resistant Natural Hair


by Veronica of blackdymondnaturals.com

Deep conditioning with coconut milk, honey, olive and rosemary oils has helped my hair to maintain moisture until the next wash day. Now, for some reason, I'm unable to use coconut oil as a deep conditioner or pre-poo because it dries my hair out something fierce. Coconut milk is another story, and it contains iron, fatty acids, and proteins to help reduce breakage and strengthen hair. So if you're having issues with thinning and breakage, coconut milk can help with this.

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3 Moisturizing Hair Masks to Nourish & Stop Breakage

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by Minaz Aslam of HairBuddha.net

Natural hair care is all about listening to your hair’s need. If it’s dry, brittle and stiff, add more moisture. If it’s soft and mushy and over-elastic, add more protein. It’s that simple. Very often it’s the moisture that we lack. In healthy conditions, our hair has a moisture content of 10 to 12 per cent. Anything less will cause it to become stiff and brittle. And brittle hair equals more breakage.

The key to healthy and beautiful hair is to keep it well moisturized. Daily or frequent moisturizing will increase your hair’s elasticity and flexibility and therefore reduce breakage. Plus, hydrated hair feels soft to touch and appears shiny and lustrous.

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Sweet Almond Oil to Reduce Hair Breakage & Increase Shine!


by Yolanda Renee @etcblogmag

Are you looking for a staple oil with a plethora of benefits? Then look no further, sweet almond oil is here to save the day. It's a carrier oil which is very similar to coconut oil; both are great sealants for deep moisture.

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Natural Hair Recipes for Shine, Strength and Moisture


If there is one thing all hair types can agree on, it is this: we crave shine. After all, lustrous hair is associated with healthy hair. Shiny hair is looked at in two parts: the Chroma-Band reveals the color within the hair shaft, and the Shine-Band reflect the light off of the hair's protective coating.

Principal scientist Dianna Kenneally says "The physics of hair shine is the reflection of light not just off the cuticle, but through your cuticle... The light goes through the cuticle, absorbs the color of your hair, and comes back." 




Shea & Honey Deep Conditioner
These two ingredients are miracles when it comes to dry, damaged hair. While the shea acts as a moisturizing base, the honey will seal and coat the hair for more shine and luster than ever. Naturalology offers us a fairly easy and natural, scentful deep conditioning treat for our dull hair.

You will need 1/4 cup raw shea butter, 2 tablespoons cold pressed Macadamia oil, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
1. Using a disposable bowl, blend the ingredients into a smooth consistency.
2. Apply the concoction on damp hair and cover it with a plastic cap.
3. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
4. Rinse out with cool water to close the cuticle and promote even more shine.

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DIY Organic Hair Gel for Shiny, Moisturized Hair


by Amanda

Every woman with tightly curled and coily hair dreams of the styling product that applies like a cream, holds like a gel, does not have crunch, imparts shine, and is not drying. Does that exist? Well, I can only name a few that live up to all of those expectations. Many of us resort to layering moisturizer, milks, oil, and butters to make up for what the gel lacks but why? A styler does not have to be limited to adding hold and it should also be chock-full with nutrients.

Bri aka Smartistabeauty gives a DIY gel that does all of those things and it is completely organic, which is always a plus. Her concoction consists of the following:
  • Flax seeds - packed with omega 3 fatty acids, promotes hair growth, shine & moisture, fights hair loss
  • Chia seeds- similar benefits as flaxseed
  • Vitamin E oil -  prolongs shelf-life 
  • Fresh aloe vera - humectant, natural conditioner, pH balances the hair, helps hair retain moisture
  • Essential oil of choice
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Become a Natural Hair DIY Mixtress!


 by Sabrina via GlobalCouture

Are you ready for some DIYing? Great! Do you know how to start? No…OK, we can work it out! I keep seeing so many bloggers discussing it and so many friends on Facebook already doing it. They are whipping, and mixing and measuring and dicing away like seasoned chefs! They are making their own conditioners, shampoos and natural hair concoctions and you do not have to be a natural hair expert or a scientist to jump on the DIY bandwagon. All you need is the desire.

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Mixing Hair Products- Avoiding Flakes & Residue

Save the Snow fo’ “Outdowrs”: Avoiding the Dreaded White Flakes

by Shelli of Hairscapades 

Get it?! Like, “Save the drama fo’ yo’ mamma?” Anybody? Anybody? No? Alright, moving along. LOL! So, I had to do this quick post to share a video that I found via DiscoveringNatural.com. You see, I’ve often been asked or seen the question, “I get flakes when I apply [insert product names, usually leave-in, gel and/or styler]. How do I avoid that?” Well, I always mix the moisturizing styler and gel together in my palm first (creamy product first, then gel) to make certain that they will blend together easily and smoothly. If they don’t and the mix looks like this …


Yeahhhhhhh, that’s gonna be a problem. Big chunks or “snowflakes” are prettttty good signs that the combo is no bueno and will leave me looking like I’m in serious need of some Head & Shoulders. #Ineverknewyouhaddandruff

So, without further ado, here is the video that demonstrates exactly what I mean!!

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