The Lazy Natural’s Guide to Healthy Hair Pt. I

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Let’s face it – maintaining a head full of healthy curly hair can prove to be labor intensive. In fact, one of the top reasons some of us chose not to go the natural route is because “it’s too time consuming”. Our response is typically “anything worth having is worth working for.” However, it can be overwhelming and sometimes viewed as unreasonable given the many other things we need to accomplish on any given day. Between trying to buy everything in your Rue La La basket before time runs out, getting in on Words With Friends and deciding where to eat lunch with your co-worker, really, who has the time?

Enter The Ultimate “Lazy Natural Hair Guide” – a practical guide for the stylish curly girl who wants great hair, but doesn’t want to spend a lifetime to get it (read: all of us). Forget about hours of styling and crazy hair rituals. We get it just like we also get that lazy doesn’t have to equal an unhealthy mane, but it does involve smartconsolidated techniques. We’ve channeled our own inner lazy girl and vetted out the quickest and most effective ways and products to keep your natural hair healthy starting with the washing process without a lot of work and we promise, no voodoo spells are involved.

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Short Hair? Don’t care! 

Short Hair? Don’t care! 

6 Tips for Washing Natural Hair

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Tips for Washing Natural Hair

For many naturals, wash day is dreaded more than Mondays.

There’s no one tried and true way to wash natural hair. However, there are some things that many with naturally kinky, curly, and coily hair do to make the washing process easier.

In this post I will outline 6 practices I have found successful in making my wash process smooth, and tangle free (most of the time, that is).

  1. Choose the right cleansing agent. If you’ve been a part of the natural hair community for a while, you’ve probably heard that you should stay away from sulphates because they strip the hair of natural oils that it needs to stay healthy. I am particularly fond of the Creme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo, which was featured a while ago in my 10 under $10 post. What I mean by choosing the right wash method is analyzing your hair and figuring out what it needs at the moment.
    • If you have a lot of build up, you may need a stronger shampoo that’s able to cut through grease. I keep a sulphate shampoo on deck for times like these.
    • If you washed your hair recently (or if you work out often), you may want to consider co-washing (with conditioner) so as to avoid over washing your hair.
    • If you are a swimmer, you may need a clarifying shampoo that can help with eliminating chlorine and other mineral buildup.
    • If you have in box braids, you may want to use a chemical such as apple cider vinegar to rinse your scalp if you don’t wish to use a shampoo.
    • If you find that all shampoos strip your hair, you may want to consider using rhassoul, or bentonite clay as a cleansing agent.
  2. Detangle before you wash. Many naturals advocate for detangling hair in the shower, which I do not believe is a bad idea. However, I prefer to detangle my hair when it’s mostly dry because hair is most fragile when it’s wet. I’d rather not pull and tug on my hair at its most vulnerable time. I don’t want to kick her while she’s down.
  3. Pre-poo. Many naturals like to put coconut oil their hair before they wash it. Coconut oil helps to decrease hygral fatigue, the weakening of hair due to the repeated expansion and contraction of hair as it is wet and dried. The only reason I don’t use coconut oil is because I find that, although it feels like heaven on my hair while wet, it makes my hair hard after it has dried. These days I like to pre-poo with honey and olive oil and sometimes I may add an egg if my hair feels weak and needs a protein pick-me-up.
  4. Wash your hair in sections or in twists. In my opinion, this is the most helpful tip out of all because it saves time as well as water. When you wash your hair in pre-detangled sections, it’s easier to manage. If hair is in pre-detangled twists, the only thing you have to do is put the shampoo on, massage and rinse. Even better, your hair is already parted and ready to twist/braid after you’ve completed the washing process.

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Avocado and Peppermint Hair Mask: A mix of avocado, olive oil, and honey is a foolproof way to lock moisture into your hair. Sprinkle in peppermint tea to stimulate your scalp, which adds a refreshing element to this creamy concoction. (via Free People Blog)

Ingredients:
1 avocado1 tbsp honey1 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp loose peppermint tea
Mash up your avocado, add in the honey, olive oil, and tea, and mix well. Massage into your hair, concentrating on your ends, and let sit for about 30 minutes. Wash and condition your hair as usual.

Avocado and Peppermint Hair Mask: A mix of avocado, olive oil, and honey is a foolproof way to lock moisture into your hair. Sprinkle in peppermint tea to stimulate your scalp, which adds a refreshing element to this creamy concoction. (via Free People Blog)

Ingredients:

1 avocado
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp loose peppermint tea

Mash up your avocado, add in the honey, olive oil, and tea, and mix well. Massage into your hair, concentrating on your ends, and let sit for about 30 minutes. Wash and condition your hair as usual.




5 Common Hair Problems And Solutions For When Your Mane Is ‘Not Acting Right

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You thought you’d have this healthy hair thing on lock by now, right? There are so many videos and tutorials and books that you can’t even keep up. But stepping back to look at the basic, simple reason you are not hitting your goals could the the answer to all of your hair woes. Here are five common hair problems and solutions to help you get your hair back on track.

COMMON REASON #1: YOUR HAIR WON’T HOLD A STYLE AND KEEPS FRIZZING
SIMPLE FIX #1: YOU NEED TO WASH WITH A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO

Product buildup happens to every head of hair no matter if you are natural or not. It cannot be avoided if you have hard water or use things like creams, butters, oils, mousse, gel and other stylers. The buildup dulls your hair overtime causing the flattening effect and also starts to block the ability for your hair to retain moisture which leads to the frizziness. By using a clarifying shampoo every few washes, which is designed to “deep clean” unlike regular shampoo, you break down the build up on your hair. Doing this will wash away the layers of build up and make you hair light and full of body. Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo is a great clarifying shampoo that leaves your hair feeling soft and not stripped like many other clarifiers can.

If you have color treated hair, it’s best to clarify no more than once a month (and never right after a color treatment) to avoid fading your hair color.

COMMON REASON #2: YOU’RE FINDING SHORT HAIRS EVERYWHERE
SIMPLE FIX #2: YOU NEED A TRIM

Lots of women with naturally curly hair love length because it helps them show off their hair. In many cases, we have to grow our curly hair longer than we would if we wore our hair straight because it takes “longer” curly hair to show length. But if you are keeping your hair long (or short), you have to trim it. Long hair is a waste if your ends are busted and a tell tale sign if there ever was are short broken pieces in your bathroom – hair that breaks off at the weakest point in the split. Having your hair trimmed every 8-12 weeks (depending on your hair growth and how often you wear your hair out and handle it) helps to prevent and manage spits as well as avoid split that travel the length of your hair and break off at your mid-shaft or root.

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DIY Deep Conditioner (Conditioner + Olive Oil)

DIY Deep Conditioner (Conditioner + Olive Oil)

Vloggers Share Their DIY Oil Recipes

Adding oils to your hair can help tremendously with shine and sealing in moisture. These Vloggers share their homemade recipes for their fav oil blends.

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DIY: Natural Hair Moisture Mist

DIY: Natural Hair Moisture Mist

Shower Water Filters Offer Benefits to Hair and Skin

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Did you know that we actually absorb 100 times more chlorine and chemicals in a 10-minute shower than from drinking the same unfiltered tap water? Anyone who has been in a chlorinated pool can relate to the harsh drying effect that chlorine has on one’s skin and hair. However, most people do not realize that chlorine—and a lot of it—can also be found in our household bathing water, often the same amount or even more than is recommended for swimming pools. Good-bye soft curls! Hello, frizz!

In addition to the obvious health risks of bathing in chemical-rich water, the cosmetic effects are disastrous, especially for those of us with naturally curly locks. Chlorine wreaks major beauty havoc by stripping the natural protective oils from skin and hair, causing excess drying, which leads to frizz, and, even worse, advanced aging (gasp)! Fortunately, there are some simple and affordable options for protecting your hair, skin and overall health when sudsing up.

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