Your Hair Is What You Eat

“You are what you eat.” Heard this before? Well I could not agree more with this quote. Paying attention to what you eat is really important and I am not referring to dieting. Not only it affects your hair, skin, nails but it also has an impact on your hormones for instance (hormones imbalance). Have you ever noticed how your skin reacts to certain ingredients/aliments? Well the same thing happens to your hair, even if you cannot spot it as quickly. Luckily, some vitamins can help maintain healthy hair and achieve these hair goals you always wanted.

Ready to take the route to healthy hair? Check out these super vitamins.

Vitamin-A

B Vitamins: Folic acid (Folate), B6, B12

These vitamins carry oxygen and nutrients to all body cells, including hair. These vitamins help prevent shedding and hair loss. Foods high in folic acid includes: lentils, oats, green peas, okra, parsnips, broccoli, as well as fruits (e.g. oranges, papaya, blackberries, and strawberries).

Other vitamins great for hair health are Vitamin B6 and B12 which you will find in chickpeas, salmon, bananas, pistachio nuts, tomato paste, barley, peppers, peanuts, watermelon, avocadoes and so on.

You will find Vitamin B12 in food such as tuna, lean beef, cottage cheese, yogurt, milk eggs and cheese.

Vitamin C

Vitamin CV is also essential for hair growth, as it carries oxygen to your hair and support the creation of collagen. A lack of Vitamin C can cause hair loss, dryness and breakage.

You can find Vitamin C in many fruits including grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemons, kiwi, mangoes, rutabagas, watermelon and lychees.

Vitamin A

Where can you find these super vitamins? In sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, butternut squash, red peppers, apricots, Chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce, cherries, asparagus, red cabbage…

Zinc

This vitamin helps in the process of hair growth and can be found in oysters, lobster, crab, clams, mussels, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, cashews, peanuts and peanut butter, sunflower seeds and butter, pecans…

Change your diet and let us know what happens :’)

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How Water Affect Your Hair

Spring is almost here… I don’t know about you but after keeping my hair in protective styles during winter all I want to do when it gets warmer is go into “fro mode”, big hair, no elastic bands, nowp-1459547256523.jpg nothing. Just how I like it.

However, one thing I have noticed is that my skin and hair can get extremely dry regardless of the product or techniques used. I did some research and find out that this dryness was mostly due to water. When you check your bathroom or kitchen do you see deposit around taps, shower head fixtures and tiles? That’s minerals: lime scale, chlorine… Depending on the level of minerals in the water, it will be classified as hard or soft water. Hard water is very common in the UK and contains a high level of minerals (compared to hard water) which prevents the moisture from penetrating the hair. In turn, this can lead to split ends and breakage.

However don’t let it destroy your precious curls! There are many solutions you can try to get these beautiful curls.

You can treat the problem from the source directly by using a shower filter or water softener. It can significantly reduce minerals, chlorine and other chemicals from the water. These options are quite expensive but very effective.

Apple cidar vinegar (ACV) rinse is also a great option to smooth hair and get rid of build up from your hair. This rinse will help you hair to be shinier and easier to manage. Mix 1/3 of a cup (75 ml) of apple cidar vinegar with a quart (1 liter) of water. You can leave this in a plastic bottle and use whenever you want after shampooing your hair.

Are you suffering from hard water ? We want to hear from you so share your experiences.

Black History Month

Hey Naturalistas!

Now that Black History Month is upon us (in the UK), make it count.

Take interest in a vibrant and thought-provoking history that is sadly forgotten about or referenced in our everyday lives.

Stay tuned for a month filled with Natural Pride’s take on black history.

Creativity Is Key

Hair styling does not have to be time consuming, especially when are lives are 

packed with work, kids and overall lifestyle. 

For those of you rocking a TWA (teeny weeny afro), word has it that there is a 

new ‘miracle’ product on the market. A good, plain ol’ sponge. 

Sponge you say? Yes! This household item has been making waves by allowing 

naturalistas with short hair to produce spiral-like curls without the hassle of

sitting for hours finger-coiling.

 

Check out proud2banurse’s tutorial for achieving this look…

Luscious Lips

Vital may not be a brand familiar with most of you but,  their coloured lip glosses are absolutely amazing! 

Not only do they give your lips a fabulous shine but they are cheaper than all familiar brands, do not dry out your lips like many lip glosses do and provide your lips with a vivid colour. 

For those based in the UK, you are likely to find Vital in black hair shops for as little as 99p!!! So what have you got to lose?! 

It makes a nice change from wearing lipstick and with so many colours available,  you are sure to find one that tempts you.

 

What Is That?!

‘Sleepovers’ can always be awkward when you are a naturalista. As much as men dating a natural girl will understand that your hair is going to be tied up at night (because Lord knows if we don’t, it’s going to look a hot mess in the morning), I don’t think all men are prepared for the look some of us females can conjure up at night.

Here’s the top 2 looks that are sure to always get his heartbeat racing:-

 

1. The Silk Bonnet – Giving you a cross between ‘I’m ready for the shower’ and ‘I can pick up FM radio’ look

 

2. The Headscarf – Available in any size/shape/colour and could be the same one used from 3 years ago

 

The things us females have to go through when we know that our pillows may suck the moisture out of our hair if we do not tie it up at night but hey, as long as there is a scarf, bandana, bonnet (anything that can provide me with complete coverage), he is just going to have to appreciate my cute face and forget the bulky attire on my head.

 

With that being said, let us know your headscarf stories ladies!

 

Naturally confident

So, you’ve been dating a guy for a few months now and you use false hair as a means of protecting your natural locks. It is now time for you to do the big reveal and show this guy what you are really working with but, how is he going to take it?

The reality is, many females hide behind the cover of a weave, as they feel it shows their beauty in its’ truest form but many men would love to see your confident curls and you sashay through the week with an abundance of hairstyles #HairVersatility.

Moving from relaxed hair to natural, I notice the increase in guys who approach me. Even if it is just to comment on my hair and I must say, it feels absolutely amazing! Confidence should come from within, not from the human hair that you’ve spent an arm and a leg on and trust me, I’ve seen the prices that some of these suppliers are retailing it for…crazy!

Ladies, unleash those fros, bounce those curls and va va voom those styles, as these guys have no idea how sexy natural hair is.

Did someone say Crotchet Braids?!

With some of us not willing to sit in a hairdressers for multiple hours and the cost of fake hair protective styles costing an arm and a leg, nothing provides a cheap and satisfying solution than Crochet Braids!

Allowing you to style your hair with curls to die for or straight locks that will keep your natural damage-free, anyone can pick up the technique within minutes…so what are you waiting for?!

#Protective2014

In our quest for healthy natural hair, protective styles has become one of our best friends when allowing us to keep hairstyles in for longer periods of time and allowing us to reduce the need of daily hair manipulation.

For 2014, we want to promote protective hair styling, as a hope of achieving our long-term hair goals. If you have any protective styles that our ‘family’ would love to see or learn about, drop us a line and let us enjoy #Protective2014.

Get To Know Hollywood’s Newest Breakout Star, Lupita Nyong’o

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It’s definitely award’s season — and we know that to be true from this new Hollywood star who has graced magazine pages and covers, stunned us on the Golden Globes’ red carpet, and grabbed our complete attention in breakout film, 12 Years A Slave. That’s right, I’ve been completely swooning over Lupita Nyong’o. But you don’t understand.

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Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave that released in 2013 has earned Nyong’o international recognition and nominations for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guide, BAFTA and Oscar award. It appears that this beautifully rising Kenyan actress will be around for quite some time. But what do we not know about her?

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  1. 12 Years a Slave is her first feature film credit. She previously appeared in a short called “East River” and played Ayira…

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Black Women On Top

10 positive affirmations taken from incredible women. Develop a positive mindset by reading over one of these points daily, see if you notice the change 😉 

1. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
~ Oprah Winfrey

2. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from and how you can still come out of it
~ Maya Angelou

3. Don’t settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that’s in us.
~ Angela Bassett

4. Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.
~ Maya Angelou

5. Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
~ Wilma Rudolph

6. Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
~ Susan L. Taylor

7. You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.
Lisa Nichols

8. Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go—purge yourself . . . If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity and your true self comes out.
~ Tina Turner

9. It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.
~ Ella Fitzgerald

10. Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.
Oprah Winfrey

Say yes to life!

Ester Selassie

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With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt,   

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

 

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?   

Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells,   

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