It’s a brand new year and not too late to get on-board with inspired healthy hair resolutions that will allow you to level up your hair game! With that in mind, let’s crush the misconceptions that natural black hair can only grow to a certain length, or must remain coarse, or unmanageable. Check out these five simple ways to grow healthy natural hair:It’s a brand new year and not too late to get on-board with inspired healthy hair resolutions
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Challenge 7: Naptural Roots Website and Magazine
Healthy living has not always been a priority in my life…daily I splurged on custard, French Fries, Pizza and Chinese food…yes…DAILY. It took many years to lose weight, but also get my mind RIGHT. Because of my choices in college, not it is extremely important for me to not only be healthy physically, but also mentally and spiritually.
When I browsed through the Naptural Roots magazine and looked around online, I loved the fact that real people were spotlighted and concrete ideas were mentioned to help inform people about being healthy and natural. (I really loved Poets Peace as well as the pieces on wellness and spirituality, as well as natural hair and skin care!)
So I have decided to finally take that natural step towards healthier hair! All of you out here who have joined this site are probably on the same hair journey as I am…which is why you join a site like this. I am looking for advice and support from other sistahs out there who have gone through the whole crazy hair scare tactics in order to have a crowning glory…only to have a brush and comb full of dead hair, over gelled baby hair to cover bald edges and hair crying out for RELEASE from chemicals, thermal abuse and weave and extension overload!!
If you are anything like me you want to finally embrace what God gave us…healthy, springy and versatile spirals and coils that can do all the right things for you if you just learn to treat them right!! So far on my quest for healthy hair I have spent in upwards of £80 here in the UK in search of the right hair products, hair help books and manuals and hair tools to get me started towards a healthy coiff. Living in Scotland, I am finding resources for black haircare very limited unless I go deep into the city of Edinburrrrgh!! I have found a few places that cater to African haircare, but they are pricey and inconvenient. I have taken to going online to do my shopping. Amazon.co.uk has several venders that can send you all you need via post, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either! Pleased with dat!!! I will have to work extra hard to find a good braider and African stylist once my hair gets past the short short short stage and can actually be caught up for some braids or twists. There are a few reputable stylists around but they are expensive. Guess I am gonna have to have a savings plan put together in order to get serviced!
Anyway, for the last two weeks I have been researching on how to care for natural black hair. I bought a few books from natural care experts like Lonnice Brittenum Bonner, Chicoro and Mireille Liong-A-Kong. They are great for information on how to handle our fragile hair, what products work best with our different hair types, and the basic anatomy of hair in general. It is important to know what makes up a scalp full of healthy hair, and how to maintain it on a daily basis in order to see positive results. I haven’t had virgin hair in over 25 yrs, so all of this information proved very valuable! If you want a list of the books names(if u are reading this) just hit me up with a message and I will happily divulge!!
Anyway…thanks for stopping by and taking this journey with me! I am excited to see where it ends up after 3, 6 and 12 months! I will post pictures monthly of my new growth and progress so that we can all see what results I accomplish.
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What Is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is a golden yellow oil with that natural nutty scent that comes from the kernels of the argan tree. Originating in south west Morocco, the argan tree (argania spinosais aka argania spinosa) was cultivated for centuries by native people for the oil which served health, culinary and beauty purposes. The thorny tree bears a fruit that contains a nut with kernels. The kernels inside the nut produce the oil. The oil is mainly a product of Morocco, but it is also cultivated from argan tree orchards in Israel.
In Morocco, women of the Berber tribe traditionally harvest and prepare argan oil. They collect the nuts and use sharp stones to crack the shells to remove the kernels. The harvesters then place the kernels between two slabs of rock and grind them into a paste. They knead the paste by hand to begin the oil extraction. The collected oil is sent to local factories where a press extracts additional oil. These traditional methods are still practiced today for the collection of argan oil, although some manufacturers use machines. The production of true Moroccan argan oil comes from traditional cooperatives run primarily by women.
The argan tree is endangered and under the protection of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The sale of argan oil helps encourage the healthy cultivation of the argan tree and helps protect the endangered species.
Argan oil compares to jojoba oil, coconut oil and shea butter in terms of its compatibility for skin and hair. The nongreasy oil penetrates skin without leaving a residue and is non-comedogenic for scalp health. The oil’s high content of vitamin E and essential fatty acids give it excellent moisturizing qualities for dry or damaged hair. It can also seal the hair cuticle to prevent moisture loss, prevent split ends and impart shine. The oil also provides good slip for detangling hair. The natural nutty scent of the oil does not linger in hair and fades quickly.
Argan oil works well on straight, wavy, curly and African hair. Only a small amount of the oil is necessary for all hair types to improve hair appearance and health.
Using Argan Oil on African Hair
Argan oil can be used on African hair as a daily moisturizer and finishing product. The oil is an effective daily moi sturizer that can prevent moisture loss. Small amounts of the oil can als o smooth away frizzies and add shine to a hair style. It can also lubricate the scalp when used for massages and for conditioning locs or braids.
Here are some tips for using argan oil on natural hair:
- Mix a drop of argan oil with conditioner. Apply the conditioner and oil mixture to freshly washed hair. Let the oil and conditioner mixture sit on hair for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
- Add a favorite essential oil to the argan oil to create enjoyable scents. Use the scented oil to massage the scalp. Use some of the oil in a spray bottle with distilled water to moisturize hair during the day.
- Coat fingers with the argan oil before fingercombing hair to make it easier to detangle and to prevent breakage.
- Seal moisture in hair by applying argan oil over a leave-in conditioner.
- Use argan oil on braided hair styles or locs each day to prevent dryness and provide shine.
Tips for Buying Argan Oil
Be sure to understand what you are buying before purchasing argan oil. Not every oil labeled as “100 percent argan oil” is genuine. Pure argan oil should be yellow with a slight reddish tint, making it a golden color and have a distinctive nutty scent.
Due to the complex process to manufacture argan oil and limited distribution, the 100 percent or pure argan oil is expensive. Many argan oil products are mixed with other oils or included in hair serums or conditioners. Many of these mixtures are quality products but just be sure that it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals, such as drying alcohols. The food grade oil can also be used on hair and skin, but tends to have a strong scent. Cosmetic grade argan oil has a milder scent than the food grade version.
Buy argan oil from reputable sources, such as Moroccan cooperatives, known hair websites and established retailers to ensure oil quality. One great source is right here – the NapShop sells Argan Oil Pure and Argan Hair Serum.