The Truth About Scalp Exfoliation

A while ago, I have attended a beauty event in London. I am not sure which one it was but it was for curly hair, makeup, fashion, plus other related things. Anyways, one of the stand really got my attention as it was performing scalp analysis. They were assessing the health of your scalp and telling you if it was dry, oily… A lady mentioned scalp exfoliation to get rid of the dead skin.

The first things that came to my mind was “Is it not what shampoo are made for?” “Why would you exfoliating your scalp?” “Is it going to damage my scalp or/and hair?” It left me a bit confused, so of course, I had to do a little research.

What I found out is that exfoliators are excellent for itchy scalp and to get rid of flakes.
Its a must have for people who over-wash their hair, since over-washing dries the scalp which in return increases the overproduction of oil. So exfoliating can decrease the need to wash your hair so much.
Exfoliators promote hair growth as well. How? By simply massaging the scalp and removing all the dirt from your scalp.

Here are few exfoliators available on the market.
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ORS Stimulator Scalp Scrub

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KIEHL’S Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

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Would you consider using an exfoliator as part of your hair regimen? Have you tried one and would you recommend them? Tell us more below!

 

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Benefits Of Ayurvedic Herbs

Strong and healthy hair is the dream of every woman. Natural or relaxed, we all want good hair.

Ayurvedic herbs have long been used for hair care, especially in India, to get stronger and healthier hair. They can be found in different forms such as oil or powder. Henna is a well-known ayurvedic herb but it is not the only one.

 

Check out these other great herbs that can be added to your hair regimen.

Ayurvedic herbsAmla: It is an excellent conditioner to put some bounce back in your curls. Amla can also help for hair thickening and growth. You can also use it against dandruff, hair loss and irritated scalp. When used with henna, Amla helps town down the henna color.

Hibiscus: This plant is known as a hair growth booster which helps prevent split ends. It moisturises and conditions the hair.

Brahmi: It stimulates hair growth and treats scalp issues, including dandruff. It also gives a nice shine to your tresses. Its antioxidant properties enable the growth of healthy hair roots.

Neem: This herb is great, especially for the scalp, as it cleanses and acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and protein treatment. No more itchy and dry scalp.

Cassia: It is similar to henna, the difference is that it does not color dark hair. However, it will leave your mane healthier and stronger.

Shikakai: Great to cleanse the scalp and eliminate dandruff. This herb smoothes the hair strand and leaves the hair silky and shiny. Shikakai strengthens the hair from the roots.

Aritha: It is widely used in shampoos and is known to cleanse hair. It prevents alopecia and possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which reduce scalp issues and thickens hair.

Bhringraj: This ayurvedic herb helps restore the balance of the hair and prevents early graying. Used as a treatment it prevents hair loss and shedding. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Bhringraj improve the scalp’s health. For those who want to color their hair naturally, it is a great alternative.

Henna: click the link for more info.

How do you use them? Alone? In a mix? Share your experience.

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How-to Wash Natural and Transitioning Hair

Hello beauties,

It’s a fact learning how to take care of your own hair is crucial for healthy hair and, of course, length retention. Washing your hair properly will allow you to:

  • Get rid of all the products you put in your hair, during the week, and therefore avoid product build-up and breakage
  • Cleanse your scalp and let it breath
  • Avoid dry hair and breakage

Follow these few steps for clean and healthy hair:Shower-head-horizontal346

Step 1: Section your hair. It will be easier to wash and you will have fewer tangles            .

Step 2: Gently detangle each part to remove any knots and shed hair.

Step 3: Twist or braid your hair (If you have short hair or just big chopped, you can leave it as it is). 4 to 6 braids/twists should be enough, depending on the amount of hair you have on your head.

Step 4: Fully wet your hair with warm water.

Step 5: Apply a small amount of shampoo or conditioner directly onto the scalp. Massage your scalp delicately with your fingertips, not your nails, and let the product run through your hair, while washing the ends.

Step 6: Rinse your tresses.

(Repeat step 4 & 5 as needed.)

Step 7: If you used a shampoo in step 3, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your freshly washed hair. Make sure all your hair is saturated. It will condition your hair for styling. For a better penetration of the conditioner, use a plastic cap, and leave the product for a few minutes.

Step 8: Rinse it and make sure to remove all traces of product from your hair.

Check out Mymanemoves ‘ washing regimen. Simple, isn’t it?

Top tips:

  • Make sure your nails are clipped, you don’t want them to get in the way.
  • If you’re using a shampoo, use a sulfate free one, it will prevent your curls from getting excessively dry.
  • Use a moisturizer, i.e. cream, oil, lotion or butter to seal in the moisture.

What do/does your wash day(s) look like? 

 

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Hair VS Body

Or should I say Hair & Body?

Wearing your hair in a natural state is not an excuse to avoid taking care of your body. By that I mean working out. 

The most common reasons stated by women for not working out are: avoiding itching and dandruff, as well as maintaining their hairstyle. But it’s 2014, so let’s put excuses to the side and #letsdothis!

Before the workout, to maintain your hairstyle, you can wear your tresses in a high bun, braids, twists or cornrows. I tried working out with a bantu knot out. It was a big mistake, I ended up with a lot of shrinkage! I learned my lesson, now I just rock a bun at the gym.

After that good workout session, to avoid itching and dandruff, you need to wash your hair to get rid of the dirt, toxins and salt.

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For the sceptics, these are a few reasons why you should exercise regularly:

  • It prevents hair from drying out, which is a major cause of breakage.
  • It helps to maintain a healthy body: in addition to a healthy diet (please let’s not forget what we put in our body), having a healthy body gives you a great chance to get healthier hair.
  • It releases stress: it reduces hair loss caused by stress. As we all know, stress is not really a good friend of our hair.

So now, no more excuses ladies and get the body and hair of your dreams!

 

Photo source: http://www.pinterest.com/aishatahirah 

I Got 99 Problems but Fairy Knots Ain’t One

I got 99 problems but fairy knots ain't one

Fairy knots? I got 99 problems but they ain’t one

You know those annoying little knots usually found at the end of your hair which appear from NOWHERE?! Those knots are called single strand knots or fairy knots.

As frustrating as they are, fairy knots are a sign that your hair is growing 🙂 

They are often a result of your hairstyle, a lack of moisture or… just having curly hair. You can’t get rid of single strand knots completely unless you trim them. But there are few techniques you can use to reduce fairy knots, including:

– sealing your hair to keep your hair moisturised. Fairy knots love dry hair!

– oil rinsing: it is excellent for conditioning your mane. After washing your hair, saturate your strands with your favourite oil and let it sit, under a plastic cap, for 45 minutes. Then, detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb and rinse with hot water. Apply your regular conditioner and rinse.

– using protective hairstyles. Styles like afros and wash and gos increase your chances of having knots. On the other hand, hairstyles like updos, twists and crochet braids are great alternative options.

– stretching your hair: straighter hair tends to be less prone to fairy knots. For those who don’t want to apply heat on their hair, check out simplycre8eve’s tutorial.

– trimming your ends. This solution is radical however you have to use protective styles and seal your hair properly.

What are your methods to reduce single strand knots?