How I Grew Long Natural Hair Using the 'Indian Oiling Method'

by HadassaH. of

I'd like to share a method I've incorporated into my regimen to help me retain length.

My hair had been growing longer but I noticed that the older parts (the ends) would get dry and were prone to breaking off easily.

Usually at this point, I'd trim my hair, but since I decided to challenge myself to grow my hair to waist length, just because, I decided it was time to adapt length retention techniques into my regimen.
The henna and protein treatments had helped strengthen my hair and made it less porous overall, but it didn't stop my ends from getting dry.  And while the LOC method has proved effective in providing daily moisture, I felt I still needed more to reinforce my fine hair and make it stronger to withstand manipulation.

 late 2013

My quest for length retention led me to the 'Indian Oiling Method'.   I've been consistently using this regimen since 2013 and have made changes along the way to better suit kinky, curly hair of different textures with the help of feedback from the naturalistas around me.

This regimen is especially useful if you're suffering from unexplained dryness, brittleness, breakage, hair shed and dullness. Where this is excessive, please see your doctor.

During the period of adopting this regimen, it has really helped my hair by:

- preventing breakage and improving length (I was able to finally grow my fine hair down to my waist!)-- I have waist length hair!
- improving elasticity and strength
- improving sheen and softness
- improving moisture retention
- improving styling

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3 Coconut Oil Hair Masks to Moisturize Your Natural Hair


Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits with its fatty acids, Poly-phenols, vitamins and minerals. It is great for hair and skin, your immunity, weight loss and even heart health. Heck, I'm wondering if I should try coconut sugar (I keep seeing it at Sam's and it be calling my name) so who is it any wonder why there are tons of hair treatments using coconut oil?

Here are three super-duper moisturizing hair masks you need to be trying ASAP!

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Black Seed Oil for Natural Hair Growth

What is Black Seed Oil?
According to Oil Health Benefits, Black Seed Oil has strong medicinal benefits when used as part of a regular regimen. This highly concentrated oil is made up of tiny black colored seeds that are commonly called "black cumin" but are scientifically called nigella sativa.

It is dissimilar from popular natural hair oils like coconut and olive oil because it is an essential oil. Natural lifestyle enthusiasts call this the "cure for everything except death."

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The Best Oil Mix for Natural Hair Growth and Shine

Jensine from writes: 

One of my favorite discoveries along my natural hair journey has been finding my love for hair DIY recipes. Oils, butters, tea rinses... you name it! If any of you out there are self proclaimed, “mixtresses,” this one’s for you.

My most loved hair oil recipe is one that has helped me increase length retention and add a little shine without looking greasy. Not to mention, my thick and often wild type 4 hair is softer than it's ever been.

These days, almost every hair oil recipe has coconut oil or EVOO. While these two oils are tried and true favorites, I think it’s time to let some other oils share the spotlight. You can find any of the oils featured in this video at your local health food store and you can store it in an applicator bottle for easy use.

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7 Oils for Natural Hair Besides Coconut Oil!

 by Charlene Walton of

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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The Benefits of Olive Oil for Natural Hair

olive oil for hair benefits 
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Olive oil and its production have been with humankind since ancient times and the olive tree has played an integral part in the life of the people of the Mediterranean basin since about the time of the third millennium B. C. Olive oil is the fat obtained from the fruit of the olive tree or Olea europaea. The tree has a life span of around 300 to 400 years. The method of producing olive oil has not changed in thousands of years. The olives are ground into a paste and then the oil is extracted through centrifugal motion with stainless steel. The first extraction creates extra virgin olive oil, where the oil retains the flavor, color, and nutritional value of the original fruit with the exclusion of chemicals and heat.

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The Best Oils for Fine, Natural Hair

Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow

I know what you are probably thinking after reading that title. Should a woman with fine hair use oils? Everywhere you look in the hair care world, the answer seems to be, “not really.” Well, I’d like to disagree. Women with fine hair can use oils to improve their hair’s health. Before we dive into this topic, let's make sure that we get some key definitions out of the way. 

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Sandalwood- The Essential Oil for Healthy Hair and Scalp

Sandalwood has a multitude of traditional uses in Ayurvedic medicine as well as traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Popular in cultural and spiritual ceremonies, sandalwood was treasured in Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The Egyptians used it in embalming while the wood was made into furniture and caskets. There is no doubt that sandalwood has earmarked a place of dignity and respect in several civilizations and religions around the world. 

Sandalwood essential oil comes from the heartwood of the Santalum tree, which is a heiparasitic evergreen that grows by joining the root system of other trees. It belongs to the Santalaceae family and is among the oldest-known materials used for its exotic scent. The oil is high in sespuiterpenes, which relaxing for the nervous system and has been used for centuries to enhance meditation. This oil is used for meditation, fragrance, and cosmetics.

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Oil Rinsing and Hot Oil Treatments- Know the Difference!

photo courtesy of Nelly

Ever wondered the difference between an oil rinse and a hot oil treatment? While both of these curly hair treatments might appear to be the same thing, they are actually quite different.

One major difference is that hot oil treatments are typically applied before shampooing your hair, while oil rinsing is usually done after shampooing the hair, right before applying conditioner. The differences don't stop there, keep reading to determine what's best for you!

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Essential Oils and Natural Hair Care

If you are an avid DIYer and a fan of aromatherapy, you certainly know about essential oils.

Also known as ethereal oils, essential are very concentrated liquids derived from plants containing their aroma. They contain the essence of the plant and are obtained by an extraction process that uses mostly steam.

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Moisturizing vs. Sealing Natural Hair

by Toia B of LuvToBNatural

Happy Tuesday y’all!

In this edition of Hair Tip Tuesday, we’re briefly exploring the proper uses of certain products for moisturizing your hair versus what you might use to seal.

5 Uses and Benefits of Shea Butter You Haven't Thought of Yet

by Veronica Jacobi via NaturalBella

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is a natural conditioner for hair. It is produced from the Shea-Karite tree nut, which is a native tree found in the tropics of East and West Africa. It provides extraordinary moisturizing properties and is therefore known as “mother nature's conditioner”.

It’s been utilized for decades in areas of Africa not only for the hair but also because of its skincare and therapeutic qualities. Shea butter is also known to heal burns and injuries, and to get rid of surgical marks, dermatitis, and stretch marks. Apart from medicinal uses, some of the most common uses for Shea butter include using as a natural moisturizer for your body and face, and as a conditioner for dry hair.

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Hot Oil Treatments for Natural Hair Awesomeness


There’s just something about a hot-oil treatment that is so soothing. I remember there was a time when hot-oil treatments were an absolute must for me! I actually looked forward to them and trust me when I tell you, these treatments did wonders for my hair; leaving it manageable and full of luster. For some reason, I can’t even remember the last time I had a hot oil-treatment. In the process of thinking about my next hair-style, I realized I had given up something vital to hair length retention  and strength. With that being said, tonight I’ll be revisiting the hot oil-treatment life and making sure to stay consistent.

Check out the list of oils you can use for hot oil treatments and their benefits. You’ll find that some oils may work for you better than others or you may even have to mix some oils to find the perfect fit:

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Is Your Favorite Oil a Moisturizer or a Sealer? #CauseScience

What is a moisturizing oil? What is sealing oil? Better yet, what exactly is the difference between the two? It all boils down to what the difference between a moisturizer and a sealant is. According to the Mayo Clinic, moisturizers prevents and treat dry skin as they hold water in the outermost layer of the skin. The sealant on the other hand does not bring the moisture to your strands, but just holds it in. The moisturizer brings it and the sealant keeps it there; this also applies to the hair. So in a nutshell (pun included), they are both oils but some will penetrate the hair shaft and induce moisture while others will seal the moisture that is already there.

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Where the Amla At, Tho? - Using Amla Oil to Promote Hair Growth



Remember that one time when I went to India?  Well, besides hipster trinkets like my fake nose ring, a gorgeous, ornate clutch and ALL the pashmina scarves, I also brought back a few beauty secrets!  Indian women are known for their strong, long, healthy locks.  And heads like this--

-- didn't even turn heads over there (well, except for ours).  Dope hair is what they do.  So when I was offered top shelf henna from M.S. Bitta and homemade amla oil from one of our hosts, Shakuntala, I didn't turn down nothin' but my collar.  I've been dipping into my private stash for the last 3 weeks and while the henna is not all that different, *insert Katt Williams voice* this sh*t right here... this amla oil situation, is something else entirely. I've been using it to pre-poo and my hair is, well.... 


Amla Oil (coconut or sesame oil infused with dried amla pieces/powder) has been a staple in Indian households for centuries, and when used regularly as a pre-poo treatment, results in darker, shinier, THICKER hair.  They claim that it promotes hair growth and reduces premature hair fall.   I had heard all of this, so she didn't need to convince me... but my previous experiences with amla oil had been less than productive.   

1. Soft Sheen Carson Optimum Amla Oil- ($11/5oz)  I was gifted a few bottles last year and they were promptly re-gifted when I flipped the bottle over to check out the ingredients.  As you know, I'm all about that first five... if the 'featured ingredient' is suspiciously absent from the top of the list, I'm not here for it.  #WheresTheAmlaAtTho   In this case, it was number 8... of 10 ingredients... after the fragrance.  It's Natural Hair101, folks-- ingredients near the end of the list are typically comprised of less than 1% of the total. TheBeautyBrains appropriately refers to situations like this as 'fairy dust'--
'They are added to increase consumer appeal. These ingredients are also called pixie dust, fairy dust, marketing ingredients and a few other names. These are truly “inactive” because they’re added ONLY because they look good as part of the label. They serve no function other than to attract consumer’s attention. These ingredients include botanicals, vitamins and minerals, (some) proteins and just about anything else “natural.” You can easily spot these ingredients because they are often incorporated into the product name (Sun-kissed Raspberry Shampoo) or placed on the front label (lotion with jojoba oil). This depends on the product – if you have a shampoo with natural jojoba oil . It’s likely to be used as a featured ingredient. It would be at a very low level and it would be rinsed away.'
I cannot. They're charging what it would cost to source amla from India, except they don't have the decency to actually put amla in the damn bottles! 

#WhyTheseBrandsGottaLieFor #CantFoolMe #Next 

Get Elasticity, Moisture and Strength with This Hair Oil...

Gossypium herbaceum or cottonseed oil is a fixed oil extracted from the seeds of the cotton and is among the most common vegetable oils used in the US. It is often referred to as “America’s original vegetable oil and has been a part of the American diet since the 1800’s. Cotton has been around since ancient times and has even been found that people from 3500 BC wove cotton into cloth.

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Why You Need Shea Butter in Your Life.

If I were forced to make a choice of only one hair and body care product to use for the rest of my life, shea butter would be it. Shea butter is a miracle ingredient, and if its uses were tallied up they’d number in the hundreds.

While there hasn’t been a lot of research to back up many of the claims of shea butter benefits, there is no shortage of folk wisdom and testimonies singing its praises. And really, in a world of cosmetics laden with synthetic ingredients, finding a pure ingredient is a beautiful thing, especially when it happens to be so effective for so many women.

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The Best Oil PROVEN to Reduce Hair Breakage

by Susan Walker of

Quite possibly one of my favourite foods because of the distinctive, nutty flavour it gives to dishes and smoothies (yum!) is coconut. It seems to be en vogue these days as consumers are realizing the benefits of this wonderful superfood and food companies are meeting the demand to provide it in various forms. We have the whole food coconut; but now we’ve been introduced to coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut milk, coconut yogurt. You name it, the food companies have created it. And that may be not such a great thing. But that’s another post for another day.

What I really want to discuss is the application of coconut – and more specifically the oil – to hair care.

The Most Effective Way to Use Oil On Your Natural Hair

We love using different oils on our hair for various reasons--pre-pooing, deep treatments, sealing, adding shine--to name a few. Massaging our hair and scalps with oils feels wonderful and provides us with many benefits such as increased hair growth, shinier and stronger hair. Dr. Rohini Wadhwani of Skin Essentials says “oiling hair has a multi-dimensional effect. And it helps by increasing the tensile strength of the hair, reducing the frizziness and preventing breakage.”

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10 Reasons We Love Natural Oils

 Adeola Adegbusi of

Anyone who recently embarked on a healthy hair journey-- either a relaxed or natural-- can attest to the significant improvement in which the consistent use of natural oils has made on their hair. The use of oils is nothing new in the Black hair community, as many of us can remember getting our hair greased after every hairstyle, and as soon as we started to see our scalp flaking.

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