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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Have you ever heard of mongongo oil, baobab oil or illipe butter? These oils are packed with nutrients for hair and skin care, so if you are always on the lookout for oils filled with nourishment, keep reading!

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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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Amla: Miracle Oil or Too Good to Be True?!



Where Does it Come From? 
Among the many botanical based ingredients currently popular in hair care routines, amla is perhaps the one that seems the most mysterious, at least from a chemistry point of view.

Amla is derived from the fruit of the Indian gooseberry or Phyllanthus emblica L., a deciduous tree found in both the tropical and subtropical portions of the Indian and Southeastern Asian countries.
The lemon-sized fruit is greenish yellow with attractive vertical striations and has a bitter, sour, and sweet taste. While amla fruit is primarily composed of water, it also contains a variety of sugars, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, minerals, and contains very high amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). For many centuries it has been prized by practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine as well as many other groups for its reportedly amazing medicinal attributes as well as for its beneficial properties for hair and skin.

What Does it Do? 
Advocates who support topical use of amla for hair claim that it is has many uses:
  • cleansing agent
  • deep conditioning treatment
  • dandruff remedy
  • prevents graying of hair
  • darkens hair without use of dyes
  • imparts shine
  • improves hair growth
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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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Is It Safe to Melt Coconut Oil in the Microwave? #GeekOut



Lindsay Girl asks: I have used extra virgin coconut oil in my hair as a deep conditioning treatment once a week for several years now. I melt the oil in the microwave. This morning I was reading in an article on the naturallycurly.com website that the author of the article “heard” that you shouldn’t warm coconut oil in the microwave because that will “alter the bonds” in the oil. What say the Brains? Can I safely put the coconut oil in the microwave to melt it? Or is there a better way?

The Beauty Brains responds:
When LG raised this question in our Forum we said “no problem.” But after further consideration we realized that there is some risk involved with heating coconut oil in a microwave oven.

The danger of microwaving coconut oil

Coconut oil penetrates hair because of its size and the configuration of its carbon chain. Unless you’re heating it above the point where it will decompose, microwaving it should cause no problems. In other words, “melting” it is just fine. BUT you need to be very careful when using this approach. Here’s why:

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

The Amazing Benefits of Almond Oil for Hair and Skin

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by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Almond oil is one of my favorite oils to use for my skin and hair. Almond oil is known for many health and beauty benefits-- rich in Vitamin E, fatty acids and proteins.  From my research, I found that there are 2 types of almond oil. Bitter, and sweet almond oil. The type of oil most used, and the one I use is sweet almond oil. Sweet almond oil comes from the almonds that we consume. Sweet almond oil is used on both skin and hair, and has some amazing benefits! Want to know what they are?

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DIY Hot Oil Treatment for Dry, Brittle Natural Hair



by Tina Munzu 

Hot oil treatments are my go-to for repairing dry brittle hair. They strengthen and condition the hair, give shine and help fight off dandruff. Best of all, they can be easily customized to meet your needs. I do a hot oil treatment monthly but I also love to treat my hair to one after my hair has been flat ironed or been in a long term protective style. Watch this quick and simple video to discover how you can start reaping the benefits of hot oil treatments today!

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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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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.

Castor Oil: The Natural Solution to Hair Growth

By Dr. Phoenyx Austin of DrPhoenyx.com

I’ve known about this natural emollient since I was waist high. And I particularly love this oil because it is extremely rich vitamin E and essential fatty acids that are important for healthy hair growth.

A few benefits of castor oil:

  • Is an excellent emollient and humectant for skin and hair
  • Is a treatment for hair thinning and hair loss
  • Prevents the dry and itchy scalp
  • Has anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties- so it can be effective for treating skin/scalp infections like ringworm.
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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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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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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 Oils You Should Try for 4c Natural Hair


 by Kanisha of BlackNaps.org

As we all know, natural hair and oil are pretty much the perfect match. When it comes to Type 4 hair, particularly 4c, this match becomes especially important. Oil can be used for a multitude of purposes for natural hair, including:
  • Prepooing
  • Detangling
  • Hot Oil Treatments
  • Scalp Massages/treatments
  • Adding to conditioners/deep conditioners
  • Adding to your spray bottle mix
  • Sealing in Moisture
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Use THIS Oil for Stronger, Longer Natural Hair!


by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Sea Buckthorn oil is highly prized due to its great abilities to grow hair, heal damaged skin and reduce symptoms of skin and hair conditions. This oil is dark and beautifully rich. It contains beta carotene (contributes to its orange-red pigment), tocopherols (vitamin E), essential fatty acids (such as: linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic, Stearic) and phytosterols. Just like coconut oil, it solidifies and liquefies depending on the temperature. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. Never use it straight. Although it is a not an essential oil it is best to treat it as one. Simply diluted in another carrier oil and it is ready to use.

Sea Buckthorn Benefits
Encourages hair growth
Deters split ends
Reduces hair loss
Increases hair elasticity
Moisturizes dry skin
Soothes itchy/ dry scalp
Minimizes inflammation
Damaged hair
Nourishes the hair follicles
Keeps hair frizz free
Wonderful for those that suffer from eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis

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Does "the tingle mean it's working", or nah? #PeppermintOil



"The tingle means it’s working.” Have you ever heard that before? Two tingling oils that are popular with curly girls are peppermint oil and tea tree oil, and while they both sound like great natural oils to use for hair and scalp what do we actually know about their tingling effects? Let’s first find out what they are and can do.

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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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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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