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Okay so I’ve been doing some researching and seeing what i can add to my hair regimen, first strenghten my hair and second to maintain moisture. In a previous post I had lamented how dry both my hair and my scalp felt.

So I have changed a few things in my regimen:

  1. I no longer deep condition over night, it was causing build-up on scalp which then led to my scalp being itchy and dry.
  2. I use okra has a deep conditioner, which i then follow up with a moisture rich deep conditioner.
  3. Im trying to minimize how much i manipulate my hair so for the last week and some, i’ve worn buns and puffs and just today a french braid type hair style.
  4. Im moisturing about every other night.

Umm thats it so far.

So I bet your wandering okra, why? It is apparantly a good protein treatment and can help strenghten and grow your hair. regal bal did a post on her blog that you can check out to see the process. So far its okay. The first time i did it, i left the okra in , not a good idea I ended up with dry flakes in some parts of my hair. Today is the second time ive tried it. My hair after washing, treating and deep conditioning felt really soft. So for now the okra is sticking around.

Second the crisco, this one is just an experiment, I had first heard about using this as a moisturizer on urbancurlz blog, its something that she does and loves. So I decided to try it today, I added my moisturizers and then sealed it with the crisco, after which i put my hair into like 18 bantu knots. I hope my hair is left soft and not greasy. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one. 🙂 I’ll let you guys know how it turns out.

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My current hair issues.

1. My roots are dry, terribley dry

2. My scalp is itching me like crazy, there is no build-up, I oil it and try to be tender but it still itches like a fiend.

3. My ends split like no-bodies business, Im not even playin. Even the baby hairs are splitting. Why! Whats up with that, and more importantly how do I prevent it from recurring after I chop, -yeah i said chop -off my ends?

The end part of my hair is more moisturized because I apply products about every other day. But Im worried that I will lose the length i’ve gained because of improper or poor hair care.

Would castor oil, or henna help strenghten my hair enough to prevent the breakage?

My roots are so dry and parched right now, and I don’t know where I went wrong. I oil my scalp with my herbal oil, which I usually find moisturizing, but its not doing it for me. I don’t oil my scalp everyday because i don’t want to get any build-up on my scalp (which is already acting up).

So my question is what do I do, to revive my hair and make it moisture rich again, with out loading on the product?

Suggestions….Anyone?…..please 🙂

My love as come along.Sry. I had to :).
So what I mean is at last I took out my hair, Im happy about it for two reasons. One i get to see, touch and play in my own hair and not have to worry about the wind and second, Im really pleased with the growth I have, mind you I have to take off at least an inch because of my ends but hey its the price you pay for healthy hair.
I just hope that I can retain my length, as I have said before its not the growth thats my problem its keeping what ive grown.
Oh and my creme of nature goods have officially been shipped out to me. yeah!!! 🙂

So I went to a Michael Jackson tribute concert/party last night. It was pretty big it was downtown. My younger sister was so into it, and my little brother was just lost,he couldnt see the stage and he didnt know any of the songs, poor kid 🙂

While i was there i noticed sooooo many people with natural hair,  i mean twist outs and curly fros, plain ol’ afros, dreds, twists it was a mecca of natural hair. I took a pic or two but I didn’t want to alarm people so I didn’t take too many.

All in all it was a good night, except for the weed and the rude, igonorant people who thought it was okay to push your way infront of somebody when theres no space. SMH.

I post some pics later after i get them off my camera

Just a few tips that i found to keep hair healthy

 

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    • Caring for your hair properly means creating a regular hair care routine to counteract dryness, which can contribute to breakage.
    • Once a month try a hot oil treatment, which will lubricate dry scalp conditions as well as moisturize brittle hair.
    • Massage the scalp regularly to encourage oil production.
    • What we traditionally have called nappy hair is just super curly hair, with tight, spring like coils. The coils can vary in size, texture, density and width. When they clump together, they can appear as ringlets. When they separate, as during combing, they frizz into the look we have all come to associate as being nappy
    • Remember that moisture is your friend. Water is the best moisturizer around.
    • Treat hair as a type of fiber, and handle it as such. You would not subject silk fabric to extreme heat or rough handling therefore you should be just as gentle with your hair.
    • Find a style, or set of styles that work with your natural texture and not against it. Kinky, curly, nappy, super curly hair is exceedingly beautiful and can be molded into many shapes and forms.
    • The use of oils and creams will make the hair feel soft and more flexible. Avoid oils and creams that contain mineral oil or petroleum. Skin and scalp experts feel that these chemicals can block and clog your scalp\’s natural ability to produce sebum. If you cannot totally avoid these chemicals, then try to choose products that have them several items away from the top of the ingredient list. Usually the further from first place an ingredient is, the less of it is in the product.
    • Some natural oils to try are olive oil, shea (shay) butter, jojoba and safflower. For more information about oils, see our OurHair Products section.
    • The best way to apply oils is by first wetting the hair, then applying the oil over it. The oil will help to trap and hold the moisture water adds. Creams usually contain water and are a great in between pomade for refreshing a style or on days you do not wash or wet your hair.
    • The type of oil or cream you use in your hair is going to depend on your hair type and may take a little it of experimenting to find what works best for you. Also, the time of year and your hair\’s exposure to the elements will vary your routine.
    • You will find that although natural hair can be washed daily, you may not want to. African textured and Ethnic hair tends to be dry and shampooing can worsen that condition due to the detergents. A better idea is to rinse your hair with plain water daily and then shampoo every 3rd to 7th days. Towel-blot, don\’t rub hair.
    • How often you rinse or shampoo will depend on your activities and your how your hair responds, but generally speaking, out hair reacts better to fewer exposures to detergent and more exposures to plain water.
    • If you prefer not to rinse your hair daily, at least mist it with a bottle of water to moisturize the hair fibers.
    • If you are working with truly African textured hair the most gentle handling can be accomplished while your hair is freshly conditioned and still wet with a WIDE toothed pick-not comb! You may even find that your hair combs easily while you are under the direct spray of your shower so that as the water flows through the hair, your pick will as well.
    • If you comb your hair while it is dry, mist it with a bit of water first or apply a little cream pomade to help the comb glide rather than catch. Go slowly and if you encounter a tangle or knot, loosen it with your fingers, then continue combing.
    • When you rinse or shampoo, keep the hair in a straight back position and only rub in one direction. This can help to prevent tangling and matting.
    • The use of brushes should be kept to a minimum and used to distribute oils or creams. Invest in a soft boar hairbrush. More information can also be found in the OurHair Care section.
    • Include a pH balanced shampoo specially formulated for your hair texture and type, a moisturizing conditioner and a shining gel or spray that adds luminous sheen while it conditions and protects your hair.
    • Try to avoid styling products that contain alcohol, as they can further dry your hair.
    • Try to give blow dryers and curling irons a break. Instead, consider a hairstyle that works with, not against your hair. Popular choices include braiding, cornrows or thread wraps. Don\’t, however, leave braids in place for more than 60 days. Give your hair and yourself a break from prolonged stress. Also, remember to continue regular shampooing and conditioning while wearing braided styles to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
    • If you have color treated hair, condition weekly to add moisture and offset drying from chemicals.
    • Before you go to bed, wear something to protect your hair during sleep. Use a scarf or cap for straight hairstyles. Apply a small amount of moisturizer to the hair and then put on your cap.
    • To avoid rubbing and to stop hairline breakage, never sleep in any type of hair band that will rub the hairline. If you use a sleep cap, make sure it\’s satin and that it does not go above the ears. You can also resort of a satin pillowcase if you cannot keep a cap or scarf on.

from our hair .net

Split Ends: Everything You and Your Hair Need to Know
Split ends. Nobody likes these bad guys, but unfortunately they are a fact of life. While our hair will never be totally free of split ends, there are certain measures you can take to ensure that they don’t take away the beauty of your crowning glory.

When split ends are present, the hair:
1.) does not move well
2.) tends to get caught up on itself
3.) does not hold a curl or straighten well with heat
4.) varies in length throughout the head especially when slow, unchecked breakage is allowed to run rampant over time
5.) shows clear areas of dullness or thinness (transparency) along your hair’s hemline
6.) shows an increase in overall hair breakage
7.) is redder near the ends

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