Just thought I share a recipe that worked for my little sister who is a 4b natural. This recipe is not only good for naturals, but also for transitioners and stretchers. See, I kept my promise by focusing on all hair types be it natural or relaxed! :)
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 juiced lime
- 1 TBSP honey
Mix this together. Apply it to your hair, focusing on your new growth. Let it sit for an hour. Rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual.
My grandmother died of liver cancer in July 2004. Before her death, she was in and out of the hospital all the time. The one thing I noticed is that she had a synthetic wig that she barely wore because she hated it. Ever since her death, I've been very passionate about Locks Of Love. What they do for children is amazing and I thought I should discuss this with you ladies. These children are suffering from Alopecia, Cancer, and other diseases. If you have 10 inches of hair, you can donate! Remember that you can always grow your hair back. Hair grows about 6 inches a year, so you'd gain it back in no time.
GUIDELINES FOR ACCEPTABLE DONATIONS
- Hair that is colored or permed is acceptable.
- Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or braid.
- Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist.
- Hair that is swept off of the floor is not usable.
- Hair that is shaved off and not in a ponytail or braid is not usable.
- We cannot accept dreadlocks. Our manufacturer is not able to use them in our children’s hairpieces. We also cannot accept wigs, falls, hair extensions or synthetic hair.
- Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.
- Layered hair may be divided into multiple ponytails.
- Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.
- 10 inches measured tip to tip is the minimum length needed for a hairpiece.
- Please Note: Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, it still greatly helps to reduce costs.
- Gray hair will be accepted and sold to offset the manufacturing costs.
For more information, please visit Locks Of Love: http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html
Look at that shrinkage!
I have just happened upon your site today and I think it really helps so thank you! I have hair concerns and was wondering if you could help me through them. I'm a 15 year old girl living in the U.K and I'm torn between keeping my Afro and remaining natural as I have already finished growing out a relaxer from years ago, or getting it texturized. The last time I checked years ago my hair was past my shoulders and it is also very thick. Also, as I keep it in cornrows all the time, my scalp has become EXTREMELY sensitive. There seems to be a big debate about keeping true to your roots and keeping your afro and relaxing for ease of your hair. Due to all this different opinions I'm quite torn which is why I am considering texturizing instead. I would like to have straight hair sometimes but in general I would just like to be able to handle my own hair as I'm getting older now. Do you think you could help me please?Your faithfully
Natural hair is beautiful. I do plan to go natural one day, but not any time soon. To me, Texturizers are a mild strength relaxer. They break bonds (just like a relaxer) in your hair to loosen up the curl. For a straight look, you can always get your hair pressed or a get a blowout. The Mizani Thermasmooth (http://www.mizani-usa.com/?m=44&300) line is great for naturals who want to straighten. You can also invest in a good flat iron like Sedu and a blowdryer like CHI. You don't have to use a texturizer or relaxer to tame your hair. It's all about products and tools. Plus, this way is good because you can stay true to your roots. If you have anymore questions, feel free to e-mail me at anytime.
- Belle Cheveux
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Catch Phrase: Hair looks shinier and healthier, feels softer, with less "frizz."
What I Say: Wooow is what I have to say about this dryer. I only use this dryer after my hair is 80% dry and I'm in a hurry. The dryer has 12 lights on it to indicate the level of ion output. Coarse hair is supposed to use all 12 lights, but I use 8 (12 will cook your hair). My old blow dryers would leave my hair all stick straight and incredibly dry, but not this one. My hair always feels good no matter what and it dries fast.
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Let's talk Ayurveda. Ayurveda is an ancient system of health care that was designed by Indian people (No, not Native Americans). The word "Ayurveda" can be translated to "science of life." (Ayur meaning "life" and veda meaning "science/knowledge") Many women have hopped on the bandwagon for Ayurvedic hair care. Ayurvedic hair care not only involves the health of the hair, but also the health of the body. According to Ayurveda, the health of the hair is reflected by the health of the person. So, if your diet ain't on point, you're hair ain't on point either.
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I just wanted to say thank-you so much for being sweet enough to answer my questions, I'm very grateful. I had a few questions after exploring your website up and down. What exactly is co-washing? And right now I have no regimen but I'm working on it.. What kind of buns do you do, because I find that the donut buns don't really work well for me.I was afraid to get braids because I thought that putting tension on my already weak hair would make it break more. Two more questions I had were- How do you dry your hair after washing, and how do you keep your ends so healthy? Once again thank you so much answering my questions.
Co-washing, or conditioner washing, is just washing your hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo. Shampoos can dry your hair if done daily, so many people opt for conditioner washing a few times a week and shampooing once or twice a week. I co-wash a lot and it helps tremendously with growth since the scalp is always clean with no sebum blocking it. If it's been like 6 or 7 weeks since my last relaxer, I'll go to my Dominican stylist and get a blowout to get my roots under control and get back to my co-washing a few days later.
The buns I do are with my own hair. I honestly HATE the sock bun thing because my hair doesn't seem to agree with it for some reason. It's probably because of the cotton. But yeah, back to the bun: I do a regular ponytail and then loop my hair under making sure the elastic isn't on my ends. It's that simple.
After washing, I always let my hair air dry. When my hair's completely dry (which takes hours), I put my hair into a banana clip. My ends stay healthy because I apply a lot of conditioner on them when I co-wash or shampoo, I keep them lightly moisturized, and I keep them away from my clothes. Clothes can cause breakage and not a lot of women know that.
As for your hair, I'd suggest going to a hair dresser, preferably a Dominican one, and getting a deep conditioning, rollerset, and a light trim. Make sure you tell them a light one because you know stylists get scissor happy sometimes. Then, you can start building a regimen (http://coarsehair.blogspot.com/2007/09/building-regimen.html). But if you want to do it yourself, I'd suggest co-washing every other day with a moisturizing conditioner like Nexxus Humectress, It's expensive but it's worth it, and shampooing once a week with a moisturizing shampoo like Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing (green and yellow), conditioning with Humectress, and deep conditioning with Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayo. You should use heat when you deep condition. Then when your hair is a little bit healthier, try getting box braids (plaits, individuval braids, etc. so many names for one thing, lol.) and make sure to still shampoo, condition, and deep condition once a week! Synthetic fiber/hair tends to rob the hair of moisture so keeping a good braid spray like Africa's Best around would be awesome.
Another thing, make sure that you DO NOT USE NO-LYE RELAXERS! It's hair breakage in a jar. Trust me. No-lye is made with calcium hydoxide and this chemical dries out the hair, causing the hair to look "poofy." It also makes the hair extremely weak and prone to breakage. Women use No-Lye because they think Lye is bad. But Lye is the way to go. Lye helps the hair hold in moisture better unlike No-Lye. I used to use No-Lye and my hair broke off no matter what I did but I've seen some women have success with No-Lye though. Affirm FiberGuard or Affirm Conditioning Creme are amazing. I always get my relaxers done by a professional because I do not trust anyone, including my mother, with any chemical that's going to go on my head. Always have a professional do it, or someone who is skilled with applying a relaxer without burning your scalp. Your scalp should never burn no matter what.
Almost forgot to add this: Combs and brushes can break your hair. I don't like to comb so I finger comb my hair gently everyday. The only time I use a comb is when I use a large tooth one for detangling my hair during co-washes and shampoos. I always comb from the bottom first and work my way up. Starting at the roots is only asking for breakage. But if you must comb, buy a seamless comb (http://www.tenderheaded.com/). I only use brushes if my hair is resisting being put in a banana clip. Even then, I gently brush my hair.
Anyway, I know I wrote a lot, but it's about your hair and that's important. I hope I've answered all your questions and feel free to e-mail me at any time with questions. If you have any questions on products, I'll be glad to help.
- Belle Cheveux
Posted: 04 May 2006 at 1:42pm
Hay ladies, it's Sidney. I am a newbie but I have been lurking on this and other forums for more than a year. I want to address why MTG and Miconazole Nitrate do worK!
First of all, I tried MTG. And like many of you, I got patches of new hair growth. After being phased out by the funk, I decided to just use the sulfur oil.
Also, you know the ladies that co-wash all the time and get super growth, well here's why.
All the people who have chronic hair loss, usually have some type of persisting fungal or bacterial infection. MTG contains cade oil, which kills this bacteria and fungi. Helping the hair to grow. These nasty bacteria not only block your pores, inhibiting growth but they also can eat your hair! EeeW! so disgusting. (See the links below). They probably also secrete nasty toxins and wastes after they are done feeding off your scalp. They scalp is moist and is a great environment for them to thrive.
Also, look at women of other races. They wash their hair frequently, getting rid of these nasty microbes, and lo and behold, they have long hair. Black women wash less frequently. You ever had that nasty, stinky hair from not washing it, well that is a tale-tale sign that there is a fungus on your head.
Minonazale Nitrate is also antifungal, so it keeps the scalp clean and allows your hair to grow. Use sulfur? Well I just read online today that Fungi hate Sulfur and there is a sulfur containg product called "smelly soap" that is used to kill these fungi, hence MTG helps since it has cade oil and sulfur. By the way, if you are using MTG, u should shake it up to make sure the sulfur at the bottom is getting on your scalp. Well, this is just my two cents. sorry its soo long. Off to wash my hair, again!
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