HEATLESS BLOWOUT : What You Must Know About Threading.

Hi Guys,

I have observed recently that quite a number of Naturalistas are becoming more enlightened about the use of heat. While the use of heat is, of course, a plausible choice to make when it comes to time management,you might want to consider the long term effects and possibilities. I’m talking about hair thinning, brittleness and irreversible hair straightening, to mention a few.

Before making the decision to return natural, number one fact you must come to terms with is the we can’t have it all. The permed hair folks can not pull of some of our looks and we also can not pull off some of their looks. Yes our hair is versatile, yes we can afford to pull of the afro look and the straight hair look (for a short term period) but at what expense?

I understand how one can be bored of the afro look and just want to spice things up. The point is, you must know what the long term effects of using heat are. Our overall hair goal is determined by our day to day hair care practices. For instance if you’re the type that is aiming for really long hair, using heat regularly will further lengthen the process as you will need to trim more than expected.

I will not deny the fact that certain hairstyles look a whole lot better when done on stretched or blown out hair. Luckily, threading is fast becoming a popular and reliable method of achieving a blowout and quite a number of people are starting to incorporate this practice into their hair care routine. However, there are a few rules we should imbibe in order to have a successful heatless blowout via threading. Shall we?


I had these in for about 3 days…

  1. Density: The thickness of your hair will determine the size of the sections in which it will be threaded. For very thick hair, it is advisable to thread in smaller sections in order for it to air dry within a shorter period of time.
  2. Moisture: It is imperative to moisturize your hair before threading instead of immediately after. Why? The main content of a moisturizer is water. Water + Natural Hair = SHRINKAGE, which is why your hair is about to be threaded in the first place.
  3. Wet or Dry? The best time to thread hair is while it is damp. Not dry, not dripping wet…damp. If you are going to thread your hair on washday, give it some time after washing to air dry a little before threading it. If on regular days, dampen your hair with water, moisturize and carry on with the threading.
  4. Detangle: Detangling damp, shrunken hair is hard enough. Detangling dry stretched hair is FRO SUICIDE! Breakage comes easy in this situtation.
  5. Takedown: Ensure you take down the thread when you are certain your hair is completely air dried. If you take it down while there is still dampness, it may shrink right back depending on the dampness level.
  6. Protective Styling: If the goal of stretching your hair is to put it in a protective style, especially braids, do not loosen the entire hair! Loosen and install braids section after section so the other parts don’t shrink before you finally get to them.

…Remain Estinated…

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Experiencing The World of Essential and Carrier Oils (Pt. 3).

Hi guys! This is the third and final part of the ‘oil experience’ and I am going to go straight to the point.

Spa scene with natural cosmetics

What To Look Out For When Buying Essential Oils

1. You should check if the name of the country which the plant was cultivated is written on it.

2. Look out for “100%” purity in the ingredient section. If it is not indicated, the reverse may be the case.

3. Does it smell as expected? Does Lemon essential oil smell like Rosemary? Yea you get it.

4. Be sure to check if it has information about being “organic” or “wildcrafted”.

5. Most essential oils are expensive. If it is unbelievably cheap, drop it!

6. The Latin name of the plant should be provided.

7. Distillation and expiry dates must be provided.

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What To Look Out For When Buying Carrier Oils

1. Carrier Oils that have “cold-pressed” written on them have all or most of its ingredients retained.

2. Look out for “refined” and “unrefined” tags before making your choice.

3. Again, it must say “100%”.

4. Carrier oils have a mild, nutty smell. If the smell is strong, its a no no!

 

 

 

…Remain Estinated… 

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Experiencing The World of Essential And Carrier Oils (Pt. 2)

In the part one of this topic I talked about Essential Oils. Today’s discussion is about Carrier Oils.

Carrier oils carry the essential oil onto the skin or area of application. They are also known as base oil or vegetable oil and are usually derived from seeds or nuts. Carrier oils are best used as extra virgin and unadulterated as possible. Cold pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. Using heat to derive carrier oils robs the oils of their nutrients. Carrier oils make great moisturizers, strengtheners and are very nourishing for hair care.

Carrier oils are gotten from the fatty portion of a plant, mainly the seeds and nuts. Carrier oils carry  the essential oils to the area of application because when essential oils are used in their pure form, it may cause severe irritation. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils. Most of them are odorless while some have a faint sweet smell. A carrier oil with a strong smell has likely gone rancid.

Below are common and effective carrier oils you can incorporate in your hair care regimen:

Jojoba

jojoba

 

Olive

olive

 

 

Coconut

coconut

 

 

Vitamin E

vit

 

 

Avocado

avo

 

Sweet Almond

sweet

 

Sunflower

sunflower

 

 

Hemp Seed

hemp

 

 

Grape Seed

grape

 

 

Sesame

sesame

 

 

Flaxseed

flax

 

Castor

castor

 

 

Wheatgerm

wheat

Neem

euca

Safflower

safflower

 

Fungreek

fungree

 

 

 

Amla

amla

 

Palm Kernel

palm

 

In the next and final part of this topic, I shall be talking about what to look out for when shopping for hair oils 🙂

…Remain Estinated…

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Experiencing The World of Essential and Carrier Oils (Pt. 1).

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Probably during our transitioning or after our big chop, or even when the idea of returning natural set a roof over our minds, we heard and still hear a lot about hair oils (coconut, olive, sweet almond, and so on). I notice we still (new naturals especially) get it all mixed up, the differences between essential oils and carrier oils, and the roles they play in hair growth and maintenance. I will try to make it as clear as possibly.

ESSENTIAL OILS

The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie. The last of these again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant. Nowadays, of course, we know that, far from being spirit, essential oils are physical in nature and composed of complex mixtures of chemicals.

-Charles Sell (2010).

essential ols

Simply put, essential oils are liquids that are distilled mostly by steam or water from the flowers, bark, seeds, rind, root or other elements of a plant. The essence of the plant is not particularly ‘oily’. The essence is the chemical properties that gives the plant its color and smell. They are highly concentrated aromatic oils and a little goes a long way.

Why Should I Use Essential Oils?

1. Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-fungal Properties: Herb and Spice based oils possess these properties and are very effective, e.g, Tea tree oil, Cinnamon oil, Peppermint oil, Basil oil, Lemon grass oil, Rosemary oil, Sage oil, Oregano oil and Thyme Oil.

2. Aromatherapy: *inhale…..*    *exhale…..*. When you incorporate essential oils in your hair care routine, you consciously or unconsciously engage in aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the practice of essential oils or other aromatic compounds in altering one’s mood. Ever wondered how inhaling the fragrance of a rose flower brings a smile on a person’s face?

3. Physical Sensation: I personally love peppermint oil because of the tingly sensation i get on my scalp when i use it alongside coconut oil for my scalp massages. It also helps to keep my itchy scalp in check.

4.Combating Hair Loss and Inducing regrowth: There are essential oils can stimulate the hair follicles and increase blood circulation in the scalp, which contributes to hair regrowth and may slow hair loss. Oils like thyme, cedar-wood, lavender and rosemary are very effective in achieving these goals.

5. Reliable Source Of Fragrance: For a DIY natural like myself, I concoct mixtures that have non-appealing aromas but I don’t worry. Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil will do the trick.

Here are some excellent essential oils you can incorporate in your hair care regimen 🙂

 Lavender

lavender

Cinnamon

cinnamonPeppermint                            pepprmint

Cedarwood

cedar Sagesage

Basil

basil

 Juniperjuniper

Ylang Ylang

ylang Lemonorange

Lemon Grass

lemongrass

Eucalyptuseuca

Cypress

cypress

Rosewoodrosewood

Carrot Seed

carrot

Chamomiledownload

Tea Tree

tea tree

Bergamot                                          bergamot

Argan

argan

Rosemaryrosema

Thyme

thyme

Sweet Orange

sweet orange

Ginger

Close up of sliced fresh ginger root spice on wooden table

…Remain Estinated…

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