Happy Saturday!! My detangling secret | @sheamoisture4u African black Soap Purification Masque. I finger detangle with it & the tangles literally melt away. There was minimal shedding after #washday. What do you use to detangle your hair? #hellosassynaturals #blogger #sheamoisture #regimen #detangler #4chairchick #nhdaily #naturalhairdoescare #naturalhair #detangler #ghnaturals #africannaturalistas

Happy Saturday!! My detangling secret | @sheamoisture4u African black Soap Purification Masque. I finger detangle with it & the tangles literally melt away. There was minimal shedding after #washday. What do you use to detangle your hair? #hellosassynaturals #blogger #sheamoisture #regimen #detangler #4chairchick #nhdaily #naturalhairdoescare #naturalhair #detangler #ghnaturals #africannaturalistas

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What’s your flavor?!

Everywhere we go, we hear about moisture and rightly so, it prevents dry hair and ultimately breakage. There are two different step methods of moisturizing to maximize retention and keep hair from being dry. The two types are :

LOC - Liquid, Oil and Cream
LCO - Liquid, Cream and Oil

The names are coined from the sequence in which the hair is layered with products to achieve moisture.

LOC -
Step 1 : starts with a liquid based leave in such as kinky curly knot today or Shea moisture’s raw shea extra moisture detangler.
Step 2: follow up with your oil to seal the moisture from the liquid step. This can be any type of oil mix (light oils preferred).
Step 3: finally apply the cream which consists of butters or any other cream based moisturizer.

LCO -
This is the method I have incorporated into my regimen and it has worked really well for my hair
Step 1: start off with a liquid based leave in such as the ones named above.
The difference is
Step 2: here you follow up with a cream based moisturizer instead of the oil, I use either oyin honey dew or shea butter mix for this.
Step 3: lastly seal in all the moisture with oil.

These two methods are ideal for all hair types especially thick, often dry, unmanageable hair. Spend time and pamper your strands with either option. I can’t stress moisture enough in maintaining your hair. Hope this helps in combating any dry spells.

Happy LOCing/LCOing!

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hellosassynaturals:

Wash Day was quick and fun- I started on the night before with my pre-poo session documented here (http://hellosassynaturals.tumblr.com/post/75249043283/my-pre-cleansing-process-pre-poo-its). After the clay pre-poo, my hair was soft and manageable which made detangling easy:-). I decided to use a DIY deep conditioner to treat my hair after co-washing with As I am Cleansing pudding (As I am products can be found at most beauty supply shops). Since my hair was mostly clean from the Bentonite clay pre-poo, i didn’t have to do much. Nonetheless I still concentrated on cleaning the scalp of my hair. After rinsing out the cleansing pudding i applied the deep condition (recipe below) and saturated all of my hair with it. I covered my hair with a shower cap while completing some chores. I like to keep it in for at least 30mins. I rinsed out the conditioner to SUPER soft hair, being that I have two different textures I was very happy with the outcome. I added my leave in’s (Mixed chicks leave in conditioner and shea moisture restorative conditioner), sealed it with coconut and castor oil and air dried it. After about 5 hours, it was mostly dry with some patchy damp sections. I spritzed some water mixed with oils and curled the hair using flexi rods (as pictured). I allowed it to dry overnight; I took down the twists, separated with Olive oil and Ta Da, Curls for days!
DIY Avocado Deep Conditioner:
Ingredients:
1 overripe avocado (sliced)1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1/2 cup unrefined shea butter2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons of glycerin

Instructions:Place the sliced avocado, unrefined shea butter, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), glycerin andapple cider vinegar (ACV) into a blender. (There is no need to melt the shea butterahead of time.)  Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and add more EVOO, if necessary, until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. When done, apply to the hair and let sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap. Detangle, rinse thoroughly, and style as usual

My go-to transition styles are: Two strand twists, flexirod curls and braidout

hellosassynaturals:

Wash Day was quick and fun- I started on the night before with my pre-poo session documented here (http://hellosassynaturals.tumblr.com/post/75249043283/my-pre-cleansing-process-pre-poo-its). After the clay pre-poo, my hair was soft and manageable which made detangling easy:-). I decided to use a DIY deep conditioner to treat my hair after co-washing with As I am Cleansing pudding (As I am products can be found at most beauty supply shops). Since my hair was mostly clean from the Bentonite clay pre-poo, i didn’t have to do much. Nonetheless I still concentrated on cleaning the scalp of my hair. After rinsing out the cleansing pudding i applied the deep condition (recipe below) and saturated all of my hair with it. I covered my hair with a shower cap while completing some chores. I like to keep it in for at least 30mins. I rinsed out the conditioner to SUPER soft hair, being that I have two different textures I was very happy with the outcome. I added my leave in’s (Mixed chicks leave in conditioner and shea moisture restorative conditioner), sealed it with coconut and castor oil and air dried it. After about 5 hours, it was mostly dry with some patchy damp sections. I spritzed some water mixed with oils and curled the hair using flexi rods (as pictured). I allowed it to dry overnight; I took down the twists, separated with Olive oil and Ta Da, Curls for days!

DIY Avocado Deep Conditioner:

Ingredients:

1 overripe avocado (sliced)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup unrefined shea butter
2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons of glycerin

Instructions:
Place the sliced avocado, unrefined shea butter, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), glycerin andapple cider vinegar (ACV) into a blender. (There is no need to melt the shea butterahead of time.)  Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and add more EVOO, if necessary, until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. When done, apply to the hair and let sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap. Detangle, rinse thoroughly, and style as usual

My go-to transition styles are: Two strand twists, flexirod curls and braidout

hellosassynaturals:

Oils can be categorized into two (2) Carrier and Essential Oils. Carrier oils are seed, vegetable, nut derived which can be used alone or used to carry the essential oils into the body. Examples are olive, castor, grape seed, almond, jojoba among others. Essential oils on the other hand are plant based and have highly concentrated scents and contain therapeutic properties which are found  in a lot of massage products. Some examples of essential oils are eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, tea tree and lemon. Oiling your scalp is as important as washing or moisturizing the hair. Before you purchase any oil, make sure the label says COLD PRESSED or EXPELLER PRESSED; that is a more natural way of extracting oil from seeds.

I use a different number of oils (as pictured above) for my oil mix. The mix is cost effective because it lasts longer; I still have enough in each bottle to make three (3) more batches. It also guarantees that I have all the necessary ingredients for scalp treatment and essentially hair growth. The following is a list of my favorite oils along with their benefits:

Castor Oil - This is a multi-purpose oil, it’s useful for hair, skin, nails etc. (you can find it in many cosmetic products). Since we are on hair today we will stick with just hair, there will be a post on oil facial cleansing soon (sounds weird right?! stay tuned) and of course castor oil is included in that batch. Castor oil is loaded with essential nutrients. Hence, it can put an end to hair breakage, hair thinning and split ends which are common hair issues faced by many. Castor oil is able to penetrate deep into your scalp to smooth out rough hair and reverse the signs of hair damage. In addition, it gives thickness to your hair. Therefore, those with hair thinning issues should use this oil. The shelf life of this oil is indefinite. (You can reserve some of it for your grandchildren. LOL)

Grape seed Oil - This is another light and non-greasy oil which works for hair and skin. It’s a natural heat protectant (whoop for my blow-drying lovers). It helps combat dandruff and scalp dryness while strengthening the strands of the hair. The shelf life of grape seed oil is about a year so if you are like me and tend to buy it in bulk you are good to go for some time.

Olive Oil – Has long been a staple in many homes, this testifies to the potency of this oil. It’s a great hair conditioner and moisturizer as it’s able to penetrate the hair shaft better than others. It also improves the strength and elasticity of the hair averting breakage.

Jojoba Oil- Closely similar to the sebum which is your hair’s natural oil, jojoba oil is a great staple in your routine. This hair oil can be used to balance oil production at the scalp, preventing oily hair. Jojoba is also non-greasy and gives your hair a healthy shine. It’s scarce at this time so the price level has rocketed over the years

Sweet Almond Oil - Another light one in the book, it controls and minimizes hair shedding/loss. Makes the hair soft aiding in manageability especially for thick hair. If your hair lacks the luster and shine, this is the oil for you.

I’m yet to try avocado oil but from the raving reviews it’s a staple for many. I’ll give it a try soon.

A few FAQs:

Mix the carrier oils according to the needs of your hair. If you choose to include essential oils, just a drop or two goes a long way. It can be used for weekly hot oil treatment. Furthermore, It can be used to seal the moisture into your hair. I recommend oiling your scalp at least three (3) times a week.

My Mother big chopped last year ; about three weeks ago she started experiencing shedding so I made a mix of olive, sweet almond and castor oil for her scalp along with a spray bottle of water to moisturize her hair with regularly. After about a week, she reported that the shedding had reduced!

Love your scalp and your scalp will love you!

hellosassynaturals:

Hi Folks!

It’s been a while since I wrote but with good reason. One of my Best friends got married about a week ago ( I love you B!) . Amazing day, ain’t God good?! So in between that and transitioning to a new job I haven’t had the time but I’m back with a bang!

I have been protective styling a lot this summer but before I do I ensure that my hair is properly prepped and ready to be protective styled. Having well conditioned hair before doing any protective style is necessary for new growth. Below I will list my regimen before I protective style:

Prior to Wash Day —
I start off by pre-pooing my hair with coconut oil
- section hair into manageable parts
- apply coconut oil, finger detangle each section. (I used the whole foods organic coconut oil since trader joes is out of stock with theirs)
- twist each section
- cover hair with plastic cap and keep it overnight
To avoid any pillow spills, tie a silk scarf over the plastic cap

Wash Day —
Any co-wash or moisturizing sulfate free shampoo will work well
Two of my favorites are devacurl no poo cleansing conditioner (pictured above) and Pantene truly natural cowash
- keep the hair in sections and wash concentrating on the scalp
- rinse out any lather
- for a potent conditioner I like to make a potent mix of the conditioners I have available. I used shea moisture raw shea treatment masque, yes to carrot conditioner, Braggs organic apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. ( pictured above)
- mix all the products above for a semi solid consistency
- just add 2 teaspoons of the Braggs organic apple cider vinegar
- apply the conditioner mix to the sections and cover it with a plastic cap
- this is a good time to apply heat; if a steamer isn’t available try heated caps such (hair therapy wrap ) and (Hot Head Thermal Hair care). All under $30, I have the hair therapy wrap and it’s pretty effective.
- I normally condition for at least 45 minutes
- wash out conditioner with cold water
washing in sections and twists helps to prevent tangles.
- at this point slather your leave in/detangler (I use kinky curl knot today) and detangle
- after the detangling session, I add my Oyin honey dew conditioner, I love this product and it smells yummy too!
- seal with oil of your choice (I use my oil mix)
- if you are going to twist or braid hair you can then twists with lush r&b or use a homemade shea butter mix as a cheaper option

At this point your hair is ready for any protective style!
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