Loc Lint & Debris Prevention

It’s no secret that locs have a dirty little habit of collecting dust, lint and debris, that seems like it will never come out. As a loc wearer for close to 14 years, I know firsthand how absolutely annoying this is. Your locs, whether dark brown, black, blond or Auburn, the little dust and debris is always present and seems to stand out with a vengeance. No matter how the dust got there, no matter its make up or where it came from, it always turns white and dusty and it is absolutely annoying.

Years ago, when this first started happening to me, I used Clairol Semi Permanent dark brown dye to cover up the dust but it turns out that the dye started to damage my clothes.

Over time, it only made sense that I really studied and did my research to find ways to prevent dust, lint and debris from piling onto my hair. I knew I wasn’t going to dye it again so the search was on.

Here are some tips that have helped me over the years:

1) At all costs, AVOID products that are white and thick, unless you dilute it. For example: conditioners, souffle’s, butter’s even shampoos. (I have a video showing how I dilute and make my leave-in conditioner.)

2) NEVER leave the salon or your home with damp hair. If you want to pick up any and everything that will sit in and on your hair, go outside with damp locs – it becomes a dirt magnet.

3) ALWAYS go to bed with your hair wrapped with an emphasis on protecting the edges. Since I have been natural my entire life, with the exception of a three-year period, I have NEVER gone to bed without my hair wrapped.

4) I’ve noticed that a very many of my natural peers have become confessed “product junkies.” I believe it’s because this process is new to them and their still very unsure of what works best for their hair type. While there are hundreds of products on the market, oftentimes the best one’s are right in our homes. I cannot stress how important it is to be  careful with the amount of products you use, not only at once, but over a period of time as well.

5) We are now in our Fall/Winter months and the challenge with natural hair, or for some an enemy of natural hair is fabric. Fabrics like wool, polyester, corduroys etc. can be so harsh and damaging to our growth process, our moisture and our edges. We welcome lint and debris when we wear certain hats, coats and scarves. Be mindful of what will harm your hair.

6) After that long-awaited wash, please put away the towel and grab an old t-shirt or go to Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick up a Sham-Wow cloth. Both of these are safe for hair, is gentle on the hair, takes out all of the water and will not leave lint balls in or attached to your locs.

 

Stay tuned for my next post: Trimming My Locs without Cutting Them

Miracle Essential Oil

This is one of the many natural essential oils that I use regularly. It’s economical, has many uses and lasts a long time. It has a very strong smell, but it doesn’t seem to matter when you see the results.

Tea Tree Oil has been amazing for my scalp (mixed with other oils, of course), I use it for itchiness and soothing. I don’t use it on my hair though.

Apply, using a q-tip, to gums and toothache and the results are instant. Applied to a pimple and the next day you see significant shrinkage. Catch a cold and put in vaporizer and congestion begins to break down. Apply to skin tags for a few weeks and they begin to fall away.These are just a few ways this oil has proved beneficial to me.

There are many other health uses, I will continue to search for more. Additionally, Tea Tree Oil is used as a cleaning agent.

You can purchase Tea Tree Oil at your local health food store for as a little as $5.00.

BE WARNED: it has a very strong smell that just lingers, but applied overnight and the smell is no longer an issue. Also, I’ve heard other people say that they dilute it when they apply it on skin, but I never have.

Be sure to do a proper skin test!!!!!

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Don’t let the Fall Season catch your hair off guard!

As our skin goes through transitions seasonally, so too is our hair about to go through a transition for this fall season.

For some of us that transition can be smooth and pleasant, while for others it may be harsh and traumatic.

As we all know, hair is a living organism that must be taken care of the same way every other part of our body – with care. I’ve often likened hair to a plant. Our scalp along with our body becomes the fertile or non-fertile ground we expect hair to revive in. Our shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, and oils are our food.

So let’s start talking about precautions to get our hair back on the right track.

First, things we are not doing because it’s Fall:

1) We’re not outside as much
2) We’re not swimming anymore
3) we’re not exposed to the sun as often
4) We’re not washing our hair as often

Second, things we are doing because it’s the Fall season:

1) We’re exposed to more indoor heat 2) We’re wearing harsh fibers and fabrics
3) We are experiencing weather that’s extremely brutal to our hair
4) We’re moisturizing more

Natural and Easy Precautions:

1) Because the weather is so harsh now, it’s extremely important that we deep condition regularly (by regularly I mean 1-3 times a month) with a hot oil conditioner, organic mayonnaise, a shea butter mixture or organic Greek yogurt and sit under a hooded dryer on low for about 30-45 minutes.

2) Washing your natural hair in the fall season can be reduced to 1-3 times a month as well. Using shampoos free of parabens, sulfates and anything you cannot pronounce will serve your delicate hair well. Washing your hair too much will strip it and make it extremely dry and brittle, which will require you to add more products which leads to the hair being weigh down

3) Cover your hair EVERY NIGHT! It is so mandatory. I have NEVER gone to bed without covering my hair.

4) If you suffer from dry scalp, Witch Hazel and Jojoba oil are a perfect combination. Section hair in small but manageable sections. Pour witch
hazel in a bowl, clean warm water in another bowl and using an old, clean and soft toothbrush, dip toothbrush in WH and brush the scalp. Then dip TB in warm water to remover debris and repeat until done. Then oil scalp with Jojoba oil.

5) Beware of wool coats, scarves and hats. During Winter and Fall, they are deadly to the actual hair and your edges.

6) It’s very important during these upcoming months to allow the hair to rest. Protective styles serve as a way to reduce an over abundance of products, washing, manipulation of the hair and the use of devices.

7) Speaking of devices: blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons etc. can be minimized as well. If time permits try air drying, curl formers, bantu knots, flat twists for a curl pattern.

Shiny hair is possible for Naturals!

Being natural my entire life, I’ve often noticed and struggle with dry hair. Call it a combination of heredity, diet and seasonal changes, whatever the cause, my hair has hit some dry patches – no pun intended. Now, let me be clear, not dry as in dry and brittle, but more of a dull sort of look to the hair. If you’ve suffered with the same thing, I have an amazing tip for you today.

Several years back I started watching hair videos by a young woman name Shawnta713. I’m not sure if she’s still on YouTube or not but I always admired how beautiful her skin was. Then she did a video talking about how oily her skin is, as well as mine, and how she maintained her skin was with an oil wash. Yeah, she washed her oily skin with oil.

When I tell you guys her skin is beautiful and so I thought the same could apply to hair. If it’s shine you’re looking for, if it’s gloss you’re looking for then why not wash the hair with oil.

Let’s jump right in.

The one thing I’m going to ask of you today is to look in your homes first to see if you already have these ingredients: Castor oil, Jojoba oil and Vegetable Glycerin oil. If you don’t have them, please visit your local health store and purchase.

Next, purchase a squirt bottle like the one shown and add 1/2 cup of jojoba, 1/2 cup of castor oil 1/4 cup of vegetable glycerin to the bottle and get ready.

After co-washing your hair with a great conditioner, start by sectioning the hair into 4 to 8 sections, while the hair is still completely wet. Begin to squirt the oil on the sections and be sure that you are still in the shower or over the sink. Cover hair with plastic caps and leave on for 30-40 minutes. You may also sit under a dryer hood, which is the preferred method (for the same amount of time).

After you’re done, rinse the oil out with conditioner and style as you please.

Let me know how it works for you after you’ve done it at least 3x. Why after 3x? Simply, the hair has to get use to not being stripped by shampoos and/or products and get used to this simpler process.

Please feel free to share results after the first time, if you like.

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Summer is over; Booties are back!!!!!!

This photo, taken from the newest issue of Glamour magazine, makes it much easier for me to come to grips with the fact that Summer is over. I’m a Summer baby and have always panted for Summer to get here. Not so much this year. I guess the fact that this Summer was extremely short and that knee surgery had me basically immobile since July (my birthday month) has me bummed. So, with reservation, I forge ahead LOL! This photo definitely proves that.This is so out of my character – I’m actually excited about the upcoming Fall season. I saw these and realized that I am madly in love with booties and can now welcome Fall with no disdain. What surprises me even more is the fact that they’re white. I own no white shoes, boots or sandals. But, I may now. What’s going on???Images