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I must admit, when I first starting Learning & Research Ayurveda a few years ago, it really go overwhelming. I then started to minimize and modify what I could implement and do on a regular and consistent basis. I still hit and miss every now and then but for the most part is has been working and I am definitely seeing the benefits. I am still adding to my Ayurveda Lifestyle and still critiquing as I go along and I wanted to share some of my really easy and simple routines that "You" can do as well. Let's take a look....
One of the main things I wanted to do was to start Excercising and what do you know...Walking was actually a part of an Ayurvedic Practice. Ayurveda considers walking a tridoshic exercise because it balances all three doshas without putting excessive strain on your body. Walking works by calming the mind and nourishes the senses. I trying to walk at least five times a week for a 30 minutes. I feel so vigorated and stress free afterwards. This Spring, I plan on beginning a Yogo Regimen; I will definitely let you know how it goes and my thoughts about it.
Another Simple Ayurvedic Practice I do is to Sit down and close my eyes. Taking a "just-for-me" break does wonders for my Mind and Meditation helps me to Connect with my Spirit and Emotions. by disconnecting from the outer world and tuning in to myself. Even if you do this for a minute, you will feel healed. Practitioners of Transcendental Meditation say their daily 20-minute sadhana helps conquer stress and increase positive energy and a sense of well-being.
Another Daily Ayurvedic Practice that I try to do each day is to have a good breakfast. Skipping breakfast particularly irritates Sadhaka Pitta, a subdosha of Pitta. An imbalanced Sadhaka Pitta can result in irritability and unsettled emotions. According to ayurveda, it is recommended that fruits be eaten first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before other breakfast items such as hot cereal; therefore, I try to eat a Banana, Apple, Oranges or Grapes before my Oatmeal in the morning.
Every two weeks, I incorporate an Ayurvedic Hair Regimen for my hair. Caring for my natural coils and curls keeps my hair from become limp and lifeless. I use a DIY Mixture to Detox my Hair and Scalp for 30 minutes, then Prepoo with Coconut Oil, Co-Wash with a Moisturizing Conditioner and use my DIY Ayurvedic Hair Mask (filled with nourishing Indian Herbs and oils) to deep condition. I also use Bentonite Clay and my DIY Rose Clay Mask (coming soon) to Clean and Purify as a Facial Mask.
Last but not least is my Favorite!!! Three times a day, I drink a cup of my own simmered Fresh Ginger and Green Tea mixed with 1 tsp of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar. This is Daily (throughout-out-the-day) Concoction that is know to Maintain Blood Circulation, help with Weight Loss, Ease Stomach Aches, Nausea and Heartburn, Prevent and Relieve Cold and Flu, Strengthen Immunity and "BEST" of All...It Relieves Stress and gives me Natural Energy and Feel Good "Bliss".
So there you have it...of course there are more but these are just a few of my Daily Ayurvedic Routines that were easy for me to maintain in-spite of a daily busy schedule.
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It took me some time to figure this one out, but once I Mastered this part of my Hair Regimen but with trial & error, I incorporated techniques and products that work EVERYTIME to maintain moisture for my Low Porosity hair! For some Naturals, they DO moisturize but their hair still seems to be dry and/or brittle or does not retain moisture. Could it be that you possibly could have Low Porosity hair? Well let’s take some notes to what I’m about the share in this Blog Post.
WHAT IS HAIR POROSITY
Hair Porosity plays a key role in effectively moisturizing your hair. Either your hair is on the High End of the spectrum (high porosity), or the Medium End of the spectrum (medium porosity) or the Low End of the spectrum (low porosity). If you have Low Porosity hair, then it is very hard to add moisture to your hair, even Water! Why…..because Low Porosity hair is when the cuticle layer of the hair is tightly packed and flat. The cuticles of the hair are tightly nested together, making it difficult for water, products or even shampoos and conditioners to absorb in the hair.
DO I HAVE LOW POROSITY HAIR
If you know your hair porosity, you will have better success selecting products that work to benefit your hair. So how can you tell if you have Low Porosity, take a few hair strands and place them is a small cup of water, if your strands fall straight to the bottom, you have High Porosity, meaning your hair will absorb moisture. If your strands float at the top of the water or take a very long time to float to the bottom, then you have Low Porosity hair. If your hair I dry no matter how often you moisture, deep condition, etc., you may have Low Porosity hair, if water beads on top of your hair, you may have Low Porosity.
SOLUTIONS FOR LOW POROSITY HAIR
The first thing I had to learn to do at least once a month is to Clarify my hair before I proceeded with my washday regimen. If my hair is not clean from the start, deep conditioning will not be successful. Low Porosity hair is prone to product build-up and in order to give your hair a fighting chance for moisture and a fresh start, you MUST clarify as needed. I can only speak for me but I love Co-Washing because moisture is retained during my entire wash regimen but due to my Low Porosity, I have to clarify once a month and rotate Co-Washing with a Moisturizing Shampoo every other week.
When deep conditioning, heat is a MUST to OPEN your hair cuticle layers. This will ensure that the products you are using will condition your hair properly. Don’t apply your deep conditioning product to soaking wet hair, instead apply your product when you hair is damp, use a plastic cap to cover & trap in the heat with a hooded dryer or steamer for at least 30 minutes. You should deep condition at least once a week or at a minimum of every two weeks (which I tend to do).
Learning this technique was a Godsend for me! This method creates a humid environment that allows your hair cuticle layers to absorb moisture over a period. I (personally) use the Baggy Method overnight. I simply moisturize as usual, cover my hair with a plastic cap, and place my satin cap on top. When I wake up and take it off, the plastic cap as drops of water in it due to the heat from my head that was trapped. My hair is uber soft and moisturized afterwards. I’m also very careful what style my hair is in when I baggy; I do this method when my hair is in a protective style that can dry as is or can be styled when wet, like Braids, Single Strand Twists, Flat Twists, Buns, etc. The Greenhouse Effect is awesome as well, the difference is that you primarily use Oils instead of a Moisturizer and you follow the same steps.
PRODUCTS FOR LOW POROSITY HAIR
The first thing I had to learn was that everyone could not use the same products and get the same results. Everyone’s hair is not going to turn out like the YouTube Gurus. We have to use what WORKS for our hair type & porosity. Again, this was the Game Changer. I learned that my Low Porosity hair does not do well with heavy butters, heavy products and puddings, and heavy oils because they tend to just lay on top of my hair instead of absorbing which then causes my hair to feel heavy, greasy and lifeless. I use lighter products to shampoo and deep condition my hair. A big factor for me was not to moisturize my hair when soak and wet; “Damp” Hair does not have all the access water on top that will keep your hair from absorbing products. Other great products for Low Porosity hair are Humectants and Emollients like Aloe Vera Juice, Honey and Glycerin, just be sure to not over-do-it with these products to keep your hair from swelling excessively and becoming sticky. I also use lighter oils like Jojoba, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond and Argon Oil in my deep conditioner and in my Leave-In Mixture. Heavy Oils like Coconut, Castor and Olive Oil will or may sit on top of your hair because they will or may be too heavy to absorb beyond the cuticle layer. Once my hair is styled and dry, I will seal it with a small, small amount of my Honey Hydrating Butter Whip to lock/seal in moisture to retain soft, hydrated hair.
I hope this sheds some light if you have been experiencing dryness and/or have been unable to retain moisture. This process has worked for me for years now; I had to tweak here and there until I found the right products for my hair. Patience and Consistency is also key in establishing and maintaining a healthy moisturizing regimen; once you find the products and methods that work for you…stay with it. If it is not broke, (in this case dry), Don’t Fix It.
What is Your Hair Porosity?
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If you’re like me, I want every Product that I use to be as Natural, Pure (even organic) & Healthy as possible. We assume that if a product says it is NATURAL….It is Natural! Wrong!!!! I have learned over the years of buying and using products that just you just can’t rely on a “Label Title” only, you have to be a Smart and Knowledgeable Consumer as well. I decided to research what was below the product name an learn (for myself), exactly what those ingredients meant, what they did, how they worked, and where they came from. In my journey of going Natural, it was sooo important to me to make sure that what I put on my hair was not only All-Natural but Safe as well.
SO WHAT DOES THE FDA HAVE TO SAY
Cosmetic products are regulated by FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). CFSAN is responsible for assuring that cosmetics are SAFE and Properly Labeled. The FDA DOES NOT approve Cosmetics, however; they approve Color additives that are used in Cosmetics. We as Manufacturers, Handmade Companies, etc. are responsible for making sure that our Products are Safe before we Label and Market the Product for “all natural” Products that may contain plant-derived substances or are susceptable to microbial growth, therefore; consumers should be aware that expiration dates are simply a “rule of thumb” because the product’s safety may expire long before the expiration date if the product has not been properly stored, exposed to high temperatures or sunlight, if not preserved properly, or if products was opened and examined by someone else prior to selling it.
PRODUCTS LABELED AS 100% ORGANIC or ORGANIC
In the United States, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is responsible for setting Regulations for Organic Agricultural Products that are either produced in the U.S. or imported for sale in this country. In addition to setting Requirements for how Organic Agricultural Products are grown, processed and handled, the NOP also sets Labeling Requirements for these products. Labeling Requirements are based on the percentage of organic ingredients in a product. Products labeled “organic” must contain at least 95 percent ORGANICALLY produced ingredients (excluding salt and water). Any remaining ingredients must consist of non-agricultural produced that must appear on the NOP National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
PRODUCTS LABELED AS “Made with Organic Ingredients” are Processed products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients can use the phrase “made with organic ingredients” and list up to three of the organic ingredients or food groups on the principal display panel.
SO WHAT ‘bad” INGREDIENTS ARE LABELED
Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax: These ingredients are difficult to remove from carpets, skin, clothing, etc. Imagine removing this gunk from your hair. These Products require hotter water temperatures and frequent sulfate shampoos to remove the buildup. The main problem with these ingredients it that your natural curls are not able to breath and can lose their definition due to heavy Build-Up that creates a barrier which leads to a lack of moisture in your hair.
Silicones and Siloxanes: These ingredients work to seal the cuticle and to impart a powdery smooth, shiny finish to your hair. Most silicones build up and Do Not rinse away with water or Co-Washing alone, they usually require a shampoo to remove.
Drying Alcohols: These ingredients are normally found in hairsprays and gels. They can be listed as Isopropyl alcohol, SD Alcohol-40B or alcohol denat (which stands for denatured) and are usually one of the first ingredients on the label. Drying alcohol works to keep your hair from wetting when used and allows your hair to dry more quickly but as your hair dries, the alcohol Evaporates from your hair causing dryness to the Evaporation of Moisture that is needed.
PEG: This ingredient is an abbreviation for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products. PEG’s are well known for stripping the “natural moisture factor”; this ingredient is also carcinogenic. Need I say more….definitely a no-no for any natural hair product.
FRAGRANCE: This one here is the biggest (hidden) ingredient because it is sooo broad. “Fragrance" on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Based on FDA Reports, symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation. Make sure the products you purchase is made with All-Natural Fragrances and/or Natural Essential Oil like Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint, etc.
Shampoos: These cleansers contain detergents called Surfactants. The main issue with these ingredients is that you do not know the percentage used so you do not know how strong a product is until you use it.
List of Harsh Sulfates to Avoid in Cleansers/Shampoos
Sodium Laureth, Myreth, Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl and Laureth Sulfate
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
TEA Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate
Silicones: Pretty much anything ending in “cone,” “col,” “conol” or “zane” are silicones. There are four basic categories of silicones: water-soluble, slightly water-soluble, non water-soluble but repels build-up, non water-soluble and build-up prone.
List Gentler, very Mild Sulfates in Cleansers/Shampoos
Sodium Cocyl Isethionate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
Sodium Socoyl (or lauryl/lauroyl) Sarcosinate
Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate
Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate
Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate
Methyl Cocoyl or Lauryl Taurate - mild, derived from coconut fatty acids
Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate
List courtesy of Tonya McKay Becker (CurlChemist)
MOST POPULAR NATURAL PRODUCT INGREDIENTS
Conditioners, Deep Treatments and Leave-In’s for most hair Conditioners contain moisturizing and softening ingredients. Here is a short break down of a few natural ingredients found in Products.
Proteins: These ingredients are used in many conditions to Reinforce and Strengthen the hair structure that has been damaged or weakened by Chemicals (perms, color, etc.) You should always follow up with a Moisturizing deep conditioner when using Protein to restore elasticity to dry, hard hair after a Protein Treatment. Some Natural Proteins are Amino acids, Animal protein, Casein, Cholestrol, Collagen, Keratin, Milk protein, Oat flour, Panthenol, Rice protein, Soy protein, Wheat protein.
Fatty Alcohols: Yes…There are alcohols that are actually OK for your hair, they work to provide an Emollient effect, and bind water and oil to give our favorite conditioners their lubricating slip and creaminess that makes our hair feels so good but they DO NOT add Moisture. Some fatty alcohols are like Cetyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Isocetyl alcohol, Isostearyl alcohol, Lauryl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, C30-50 alcohols, Lanolin alcohol.
Humectants: These ingredients are used to draw moisturize from the environment to dry and/or damaged hair. In high humidity, humectants can attract too much water and cause the hair Shaft to swell (frizz & poofiness). In low humidity, humectants can draw water out of the hair Shaft and cause dryness and breakage. Some natural humectants are Butylene Glycol9 Dipropylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Capryl Glycol, Urea, Honey, Aloe Vera Gel, Quillaia.
Natural Oils: These wonderful oils are used to strengthen, repair & add sheen to hair not moisture (except penetrable oils like coconut olive and argon oils). Oils are mostly known as Sealants, they are used over your moisturized hair to lock in that goodness. A few Natural oils are Olive, Coconut, Argon, Castor, Jojoba, Avocado, JBCO, Grapeseed, Almond, Palm Oil, etc.
Natural Butters: The Benefits of Butters are their unique Properties that come from fruit, beans, seeds, and leaves due to their fatty acids, loads of vitamins, UV protections and its natural emollient to Seal/Protect hair while also nourishing, softening and conditioning hair strands. A few Popular natural butters are Tucuma, Shea, Cocoa, Mango, Avocado and Kokum Butter to name a few.
Our Moisturizing Daily Leave-In Tea Spritz Ingredients
I decided to use 100% All-Natural & Organic ingredients when I created my handmade Natural Hair & Body Products called Ayur’s Batch of Nature. I was so tired of buying and using products that had ingredients I could not pronounce and worst of all…didn’t work! These products are made with the best natural ingredients found in Nature...Literally! Take a look at our product label for our Ayurvedic Tea Spritz.
Well…there you have it, at least you have a better understanding of what is in those products before you buy and what those ingredients REALLY mean!!!
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Hopefully, by the end of the Blog, you will know the answer to the question that has plagued us all. Let me first start by explaining exactly what is Protein. Protein is defined as any of a class of nitrogenous organic compounds that consist of large molecules composed of one or more long chains of amino acids and are an essential part of all living organisms, especially as structural components of body tissues such as muscle, hair, collagen, etc., and as enzymes and antibodies…um Yeah! But in laymens terms, a Protein Treatment simply means that different protein properties are attached directly to the hair follicle to harden the cuticle layers which places a barrier around the follicle to help protect them from further damage…I think that made a little more sense. Their are basically five different protein treatments: They are Treatment Packs, Reconstructors, Deep Penetrating Treatments, Light Protein tTreatments & DIY Natural Protein Treatments but assessing the condition of your hair will determine which type of treatment you need.
HOW MUCH PROTEIN IS NEEDED
So how do we determine how much Protein our hair need? Here is a Simple Tip…Just LISTEN to Your Hair! Trust Me…It will show you Signs of when Protein (or moisture) is needed. I know as Naturals, We are soooo Programmed to Keep Our Hair “Moisturized” and that’s fine but there must be BALANCE; a definitely way of telling if your hair is out of Balance is when your hair starts to feel overly Moist, Limp & Mushy because tooooo much of a "Good Thing" can lead to over “Moisturizing” which can lead to Breakage due to the hair being very weak and fragile. Adding Protein (through the use of protein products & natural ingredients) will help reinforce fibers and fill in those cracks inside the hair shaft.
HOW OFTEN IS PROTEIN NEEDED
For me, I tend to err on the side of Balance instead of using it when it is necessary; so for me, it’s a Preventive Measure. I normally do a complete Protein Regimen every 3rd Wash which includes a Protein Shampoo, Protein Deep Conditioner or My DIY Protein Treatment, Protein Leave In & Protein enriched Styling Products for that week. Of course, these Protein Products are also moisturizing but I make sure they are Fully Packed with Protein. I know I have achieved the maximum balance when my hair is Uber Soft, Moisturized, Strong (very few hair in comb and no breakage or brittleness) and my Elasticity in right there in the middle.
Hopefully these few tips will help answer the question of whether Protein is really necessary…My Answer, Absolutely! The Health of my Hair totally Depends on it.
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Is Honey REALLY Beneficial for Hair….You Bet!
Look at this way, if you can eat it, you can put it on your body. Honey is Actually an Awesome “Food” for your hair. There are so many Characteristics for Honey because it Nourishes the hair. Not only is it extremely budget friendly, a little goes a long way because you only need about a teaspoon to reap the benefits. Honey is second ingredient in our Natural Hair & Body Collection (Ayur’s Batch of Nature). It is used in our 100% Raw-Honey Butter Black Soap Hair Cleanser, Raw-Honey Butter Deep Penetrating Hair Mask and our Raw-Honey Hydrating Butter Whip. So now, let us take a look at the Benefits of Raw.
100% Raw Honey versus Store-Brought (Regular) Honey
The Best Honey to use on your hair is 100% Raw Honey (preferable organic). Raw Honey is made from the Nectar of Flowers; worker bees gather the nectar and place it in their honey sacs where it mixes with acid and secretion. Honey in its natural state is Chemical-Free and contains all of the enzymes and nutrients in it that are destroyed by the heat (especially the high heat from pasteurization), while raw honey retains all of those nutrients to give the maximum health benefits. Pasteurization plays a large role in preventing crystallization and makes the final product of Store-Brought Honey very clear and liquidly compared to the raw honey paste which has a thick looking, no runny texture, but that’s one way to know most of the Benefits are still there!
Properties of 100% Raw Honey
Raw Honey contains all of the B-Complex, A C D & K Vitamins, 27 minerals and trace elements, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, 22 amino acids, sodium, copper and antioxidants that provide natural defenses against Cell Damage. The 5000 live enzyme content of Raw Honey is one of the highest of all foods; it also contains hormones, antimicrobial and antibacterial factors that are incredible Healing Properties. It is important to store Raw Honey in an airtight container so that it does not absorb moisture from the air. Due to its high Acidic pH content, it helps to inhibit it microorganism growth by killing germs and bacteria, making it an excellent preservative in itself and will not spoil easily
How it Works on Your Hair
Raw Honey is an Emollient, which means it is a natural softens your hair. This makes it a great Deep Moisturizing Hair Conditioner. It is also a Natural Antioxidant, so it tends to make your scalp healthy and stimulate hair growth. Raw Honey is a Humectant, it tends to prevent the “loss of moisture” from your scalp and because of its high sugar content, it helps to retain moisture, which prevents hair fall and strengthens the hair follicles. Raw Honey is comprised of Antibacterial and Antiseptic qualities too, so it prevents our scalp from infections, dandruff and itchiness and tends to keep our scalp clean and bacteria-free. If you suffer from dry/lifeless hair, Raw Honey can bring back lost sheen, restore moisture and shine, as well as FIGHT hair lost and boost hair growth.
How to Use Raw Honey on Your Hair
All you need is a very small amount to enjoy these benefits. I use about 2 tsp when adding to a product. How much you use will depend on the length and thickness of your hair; no more than 1tsp - 1tbs should be enough. Add the specifics amounts you need to your favorite shampoo, conditioner or mix it with your favorite natural oil. Place your Honey Hair Treatment all over your hair and cover with a plastic cap, sit under a warm hooded dryer or cover your hair with a warm damp towel for 20 - 30 minutes, rinse well with warm water. Do this at least twice a month and you will definitely see the difference in your hair. Our Raw-Honey Butter Products contains a generous amount of Raw Honey to moisturize and strengthen all hair types. Visit Our Website at ayursbatchofnature.com for more details on these Affordable Natural & Organic Hair & Body Products. I hope you enjoyed this Blog Post; if you have Questions about Raw Honey or any other Natural Hair Questions or Tips, Please let us know…We would LOVE to Hear from You.
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I Simply can't believe it's been 5 years! I never thought I'd make it "this far". It has been ONE of the most Emotional, Life Changing events thus far. It has been Rewarding but it has also been very Frustrating because became soooo delusional in my expectations of what my hair was Gonna Do and what it was Suppose to Be. I was so excited to be on this journey with no idea of what to do, even though that in itself was invigorating because after all, this journey was all about me and my beautiful, natural hair...wasn't it? I thought I was prepared for the twists and turns, the bumps and the bruises and the milestones and the mistakes...What I wasn't prepared for was the weeks of devastation because I had to trim my ends (yet again) that endlessly kept breaking; I wasn't prepared for the months of unnerving anticipation for my hair to grow after the 3rd (yup 3rd ) big chop, hair cut, major trim, whatever you want to call it...all I knew was that this was the 3rd (and last) go round of going backwards with my hair....and it was!!!! So here I am today, if someone had sat me down or had I come across a blog like this, I would not have made so many mistakes but without those mistakes, I would never have been able to write this blog, huh!!! Well here is what have I Learned...The Good, The Bad and the Ugly....
NEVER COMPARE YOUR HAIR (or yourself) TO OTHER NATURALS
Understand that each and every one of us as Naturals are on our own separate and individual Journey and we each started at different points. A Newbie Natural will frustrate herself if she compares her hair to someone who has been on a natural journey for 7 years. Also, every natural's hair texture is different, like Hair Typing (3b, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4c, etc.), density, coily, kinky, low/high porosity. If your hair is thin, it is not going to quite look like the YouTube Queen who has thick, curly hair. Knowing your hair type and texture will help you find and identify with those who have similar hair types and textures as you do. I was one that would scowl YouTube and Instagram and get so frustrated with my hair because it didn't turn out like my Hair Crush of the Week. I started following and reading Blogs from Naturals who had thin, fine hair like me and were hugely successful in their journey.
FIND YOUR OWN PRODUCT STAPLES
This took some trial and error for me. Not every product you see advertised will work for you like it worked for the Natural in her Product Review. I brought countless products, oils, butters, sprays and spritz until I finally narrowed them down to "My Tried & True" Products. Those are the ones that yield the same results every time. My hair is thin but dense and loves butters as long as it is in thin layers. My hair also loves protein which I incorporate during every other wash. When it was all said and done, I experimented with what "My Hair" Loved and needed to thrive; I created my own Formula that birthed My Natural Hair Product Line that has proven awesome results for me and others with similar hair types and hair struggles (thinning, breakage, shedding, greying, etc.). Nope, I'm not blogging this to sell my own products...I'm just simply telling you what worked for me.
DEEP CONDITION...MOISTURIZE & SEAL from Root to Tip
I can't stress this enough, the more I incorporated deep conditioning during EVERY WASH and Moisturized & Sealed at least every other day, the less breakage and split ends I had. Dry and brittle hair will Break! Keeping your hair moisturized will keep your hair supple, pliable and healthy. In the Summer, I use lighter oils and watery leave in conditioners; in the Winter, I use heavier oils and/or butters and thicker leave in conditioners and creams.
CREATE A CONSISTENT REGIMEN
Once I created a weekly schedule to include Wash Day, Products I would use and Hair Styling, I was able to track what agreed with my hair and what didn't; creating a Regimen also helped me to master certain styles because that was the "chosen style" for that weekly regimen . The only way I knew if something worked or didn’t was to track my hair progress for a few weeks. The main lesson I learned from having a consistent regimen was that if a technique, product, routine, style, etc. worked then don’t deviate to go keep up with trends or the latest Social Media Posts or Hair Tutorial/Video that’s gone viral.
After about 2 years of ongoing breakage & split ends, I learned that I have thin hair strands which snapped and split easily, especially when I would Over-Manipulate my hair due to daily combing, brushing and styling. I fell in love and mastered Wash & Go's very early in my Natural Hair Journey but as my hair grew, my Go-To-Wash & Go Style began to develop Single Strand Knots. I've learned that my hair thrives when I wear low manipulated or protective styles that STRETCH my hair. As long as my hair is moisturized, stretched and left alone, I retain length and my hair is healthy; I try to wear my Protective Styles for at least 3-4 days before I re-moisturize and re-style. Protective Styles did just that...Protected my hair from the elements, breakage & and even me.
So there you have it...The 5 Key Lessons that I still use to this day to grow healthy hair and to retain length, there is certainly more that I've learned along the way but these lessons were definitely the Game Changer for me...Happy Hair Journey!!!
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My Personal Hair Journey
As a Fine-Haired Natural, that is prone to Breakage and Split-ends, I have “Struggled” during my Natural Journey to grow my hair. I have been Natural for a little over 5 years and have learned the do’s & don’ts the hard way. It has now been 2 years and my hair has been the longest (SL: Shoulder Length) it has ever been. My slow growth could have been contributed to age now that I am in my 40’s or during my 1st year of Transitioning to my all natural hair and learning how to take care of my new head of gorgeous curls. Granted, when I was still perming my hair, it was never super long or grew really fast and in my mind...now that my hair is Completely Natural…How HARD would it be? My hair was finally chemical free, no dye, no more blow dryers, hot combs, etc., which meant my hair, will GROW automatically because it’s “No Longer Chemically Processed or Heat Stressed”. Well…Not so, I soon realized. It did grow a little more in its natural state but I truly was not happy with the process. Caring for my hair was a whole other issue; I failed to realize that I had to LEARN my hair All Over Again! Many of the techniques and regimens I used when I had permed hair would not yield healthy results for my natural hair. I started researching and experimenting on my specific hair type and texture, revamped and created a natural hair regimen and started using only natural & organic ingredients and need I say….It Worked! To this day, I still use these Simple Steps to Grow my hair and Retain Length. So without Further Ado, Here is what I do…
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Sooooo why did I decide to write a blog on Men with Natural Hair you say? Well…I have discovered that our Natural Counterparts are going Natural just FAST as We are. As I talked to a few Natural Guys, I found that a great majority of them rock Manly Curls, Sexy Locs, Breathtaking Fros, Twists & Cruddy Styles that they love. Nevertheless, what I found in having a conversation with the vast majority is that they really do not have a Natural Hair Care Regimen….Go Figure!!!! So as a Natural myself, It is my duty (as well as other naturalistas) to help a brother out. So here are a few tips, nothing heavy, nothing to challenge your manhood or imply “diva alert” but there is nothing like a Fly Dude with Swag who has a head full of Chunky Blissful Healthy Hair. This simple Regimen will ONLY take 4 Steps, So here’s the Deets…..
1st……SHAMPOO OR COWASH
Shampoo: You should cleanse your hair with a sulfate-free Shampoo at least twice a month, depending on the Style your wear and Styling Products you use to achieve your style. If you use heavy butters and/or oils (especially now that it is winter), you definitely have to use a shampoo to remove those butters & oils. Regular shampoo also removes heavy build-up from styling products, cleanses the scalp. Remember…Clean Scalp=Healthy Scalp=Hair Growth and in case you didn’t know?... Dandruffs, Hair Breakage & Split ends do not discriminate. Natural Hair is Natural Hair and it has to be Cleansed & Moisturized to stay healthy. Many of the Guys I talked to do not prowl the aisles like we do or get caught up in reading Labels and dissecting Ingredients. You DO want to make sure it is All Natural and Free of Chemicals.
Co-washing: is simply cleansing the hair with Conditioner and is highly preferred by the Naturally Curly Community as a primary method of Washing hair because it is gentler on curls/waves (both tend to be naturally dry) and won't strip your hair of its natural oils. They contain little-to-no sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate), and they generally DO NOT lather. Washing hair with conditioner removes enough dirt and oil without drying the hair, which leads to less Breakage.
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So What are Essential Oils? These Particular Oils are Essential because they carry a very strong, unique are known to be very Penetrable and must be used with extreme care…only are few drops of EO are normally used. If you have decided to implement EO’s in your Hair Care Regimen, it is best to mix EOs with another Carrier Oil such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sesame Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and so on. The Carrier Oil of your choice will make it easier to apply to your hair and also prevent unwanted side-effects and skin irritations. Make sure that the EOs that you choose are 100% Natural & Pure. So let’s take a look at some of the Properties of some Popular Essential Oils used by many Naturals…including yours truly.
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WHAT IS OIL PULLING
If you have NEVER heard of Oil Pulling…It is an Ancient Ayurveda Practice known as ayurvedic panchakarma (cleansing programs.) In India, people credit Oil Pulling with a range of cures, from reducing all manner of aches and pains to even reversing heart disease. And while these claims have yet to be proven, there is plenty of science that the mechanism behind the practice has some merit, Doulliard as the medical director of LifeSpa, an Ayurvedic Medical Center in Boulder, Colorado. It’s well documented, for example, that ingesting certain kinds of oil has a chelating, or pulling effect on other oils and fat-soluble toxins, such as heavy metals and pesticides, that draw these substances from the fatty tissues of the body. The theory behind this home treatment is that as the oil swishes around teeth and gums it ‘pulls’ bacteria and other debris into the oil, which detoxifies the mouth. Our mouths are laboratories for breeding billions of viruses, bacteria (Streptococcus), parasites and fungi (Candida) and other toxic waste. All of the above contribute to gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other oral problems. This toxicity is also held to be at least partially responsible for many other diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, eczema and chronic infections.
HOW DOES IT WORK
Oil Pulling is basically using OIL (sesame, coconut, olive, sunflower or safflower) as a Mouthwash and Swishing (I prefer coconut oil and it is widely used for Ayurvedic Oil Pulling) It is most beneficial when used 1st thing in the morning before brushing your teeth, coffee, breakfast or anything else. I do it when I first get up. It is very simple. I use about a tablespoon full of 100% Coconut Oil (I purchase mine from Trader Joe’s), my coconut oil is solid at first but it melts as soon as I put it in my mouth. I then start swishing it around for about 15-20 minutes. Do not Gargle in your throat!!! The Oil will be milky and foamy when it is “done”…That is Normal. The Goal is to swish for about 20-30 minutes. While swishing, I normally make my coffee, pack my lunch & work bag, and make my bed. After about 20-25 minutes, I spit it in the trashcan, it is very important not to spit it in the sink, it can Clog your drain and NEVER Swallow the Oil because it’s very TOXIC. Once I spit it out, I then rinse with warm (table) Salt Water to sooth any irritations from the Oil Pulling. I Oil Pull every other morning and the results have been nothing short of Amazing!
MY RESULTS OF OIL PULLING
Before Oil Pulling, I suffered with sensitive gums & teeth. About 3 years ago, I had a major tooth abscess that was very infectious. I hated taking antibiotics since that was putting more chemicals into my body. You all know that I’m all about Health & all things Natural. So from that moment on, I was on a mission to find a natural cure (if possible) to eliminate Bacterial Infections of the mouth and my body as whole. I did my Research and I read all the benefits of Oil Pulling and saw the results from countless others who had tried it. Need I say, I was Stunned! After 2 weeks after Oil Pulling, my teeth (which became even whiter) & gum sensitivity was non-existent. I’ve been to the Dentist regularly and my teeth & gums are in Great Health; I also haven’t had any more bleeding gums, cavities or any oral health problems since Oil Pulling.
After 3 weeks of Oil Pulling, my face, which use to break out on a regular basis, was beginning to clear up rapidly do the toxins being pulled & released from my body.
After 2 weeks of Oil Pulling, I no longer suffered from Bloating and Water Weight gain. I actually lost 8 pounds in my first month. I’m no longer as thirsty and feel much more hydrated than ever before.
After one month of Oil Pulling, my Blood Pressure began to drop significantly. It was also on the slightly higher but since I have incorporated this Ancient Method, my Blood Pressure has been remained normal. Incredible!
OTHER OIL PULLING BENEFITS
Stiff Joints, Allergies, Asthma, High Blood Sugar, Constipation, Migraines, Lung Diseases, Arthritis, Menopause (hormonal issues), Chronic Infections, Gum Disease/Bad Breath, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, PMS Symptoms, Improves Digestion, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Eczema
I have been so pleased with the Results that I have gotten from Oil Pulling and I’m just as elated to see so many others who have taken an interest in OP and other Alternative Methods to be Healthy in general.
As always, this is not a substitute for getting regular checkups from your Dentist. If you are experiencing bleeding/sensitive gums, swelling and/or any other dental health issues, please schedule an appointment with your Dentist before starting in Holistic Medical Practice.
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I hope you have as much success as I have using this Ayurveda Practice. Please feel free to Leave your Comments below!
Have you tried Oil Pulling? What have been your Results?
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As Fall Approaches… We as Naturals, have to re-evaluate what Summer has possibly done to our hair. Perhaps, we have to modify our regimens, and/or Invest in some new products we been thinking about recently. Our strands go through a lot during the hot heat & humidity such as UV rays from the sun; chlorine damage & drying from swimming. The Seasonal Changes alone can draw out moisture, causing dryness, brittleness & frizz. Our frequent Warmer Styles like Wash & Go’s, Puffs & Fro’s can cause split ends, tangles, knots & unnecessary shedding. Sometimes, we tend to slack up a little on our regimens and be a little care free….after all its Summer time! So just in case you got a little carried away (like me, yup…..guilty).
Here are 5 Tips to Restore & Repair Your Hair for Autumn
Although I do this all year long, Fall & Winter is without fail. Moisture retention should be the number focus during any seasonal transition and starting with a pre-poo is a great way to retain moisture before you even begin to cleanse your hair. Simply use a conditioner with great slip and/or oil to coat the hair shaft to make hair softer and also to allow all that goodness to penetrate your hair to prevent breakage. A good pre-poo will also prevent your hair from being stripped during the washing process, I also detangle when I pre-poo. The whole process takes me about 30 to 40 minutes.
During the warmer, hotter months, many of us naturals co-wash our hair since we tend to use lighter products, creams, spritz, etc. Now that we have phased into the cooler season, we need to rely more on our heavier oils, butters, pomades, & leave-ins, which can cause heavy build up that co-washing alone cannot lift & cleanse thoroughly. To start fresh, you may want to use a sulfate-free shampoo to thoroughly cleanse hair to keep it from becoming dry & brittle from excessive build- up that can’t deep much needed moisture from penetrating moisture the hair. Clarifying should be done at least once a month.
I know you heard it before & you will hear it again, Deep condition…Deep condition…Deep condition! Especially if clarifying is a regular part of your Regimen. Now that it’s getting cooler with lower humidity, our hair will tend to be more dryer than usual. Deep Conditioning penetrates the hair to give it the much needed moisture, strength, elasticity and softness it needs. The key is to prevent your hair from drying out in order to prevent damage later on. Deep Conditioning should be done with a moisture-infused, all natural penetrating product. For maximum results, once product has been applied to damp hair, cover with a plastic cap; sit under a hooded dryer or steamer for at least 30 minutes, rinse well, apply a leave-in conditioner to add and retain moisture & softness. Deep conditioning should be done every time you cleanse your hair.
After you have Cleansed and Deep Conditioned your hair, you have to retain that moisture by Sealing in moisture with your preferred choice of an All Natural Oil or Butter. If you don’t seal your hair, all the work you’ve just put in to moisturize & soften will evaporate before you know it and your hair will become dry again. Locking or Sealing moisture into the hair is a great way to retain moisture long-term, depending on what I seal my hair with & the hair style I choose, I can retain moisture for at least 3 days. I am also a big fan the L.O.C. Method… this Technique is great for Winter Moisturizing. It’s simply hydrating the hair with water or a water-based product which is your liquid (water=moisture), the sealing in the moisture with oil (oil helps hold onto water molecules) and then applying a conditioning cream product, leave in conditioner, or your styling product, (they act as moisture sealant) to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss.
As it gets colder & more frigid, like many naturals, I personally turn to protective styling to protect my hair during the winter season. Protective Styling does just that…Protect my hair & ends from the harshness of the wind & freezing temps and from getting snared into sweaters, scarfs, & jackets, and even myself because I’m not manipulating my hair by constantly re-styling, using tools or just simply twirling & touching my hair (out of habit) and because my hair is gathered & protected, my hair retains moisture for days on end. Some Protective styles are corn rolls, single braids or twists (with or without extensions), buns, pin-ups/tucks, halo styles and any other style where you hair is Shielded & Protected from the Elements for an extended length of time but you still have to make sure you moisturize while protecting…it is easy to simply “Protect it & Forget it”. If you still prefer to wear your hair out (wash n go’s, twist-outs, etc.), just make sure you moisturize and seal your ends daily. If you tend to wear hats, beanies & scarfs which can soak up moisture & oils, make sure they are lined with a satin or silk lining to keep hair to retain moisture.
Finally….FALL is a great time to re-evaluate your hair and your regimen as a whole; assess your hair from root to tip, if you need a trim or light dusting, snip off any frayed, bushy or damaged ends or seek a Professional Natural hair Stylist. There is “No Better Time” to give your hair a Healthy, Fresh start then NOW….By next summer, your hair with Thank You!
What Seasonal Changes have you Made for your Hair?
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Well, I have had a few Curl Friends of mine debate over the last few weeks over whether or not it is easier or wiser to detangle their natural hair when it is dry or wet. As Newbie Naturals, we were taught through countless hair forums and tutorials that were to never comb our hair unless it is drenched with conditioner. Then some of us were told or read or saw videos where we could also detangle on damp hair soaked with a little or conditioner. So in what state is our hair weaker or stronger? Are both methods successful? Does hair type or texture make a difference when detangling wet or dry? One thing is certain, that you should NEVER attempt to Detangle on bone dry hair.
FIRST….Let’s take a look at our hair strands & its structure. Understand that each strand of hair is made of keratin proteins (which are strands of amino acids made of chains that are held together). These bonds are broken down when hair is wet, and we all know that hair when wet, it is known to be in its weakest and most vulnerable state, which can make hair more fragile and prone to breakage.
So let’s take a look at the Pros & Cons of the outcome of both of these Controversial Methods.
What it is: This Method is used when hair saturated in water and then coated with conditioner (with lots of slip) in order to easily comb through tangles, knots & to remove shedding. Hair is usually detangled in sections, using more water and/or conditioner as needed to loosen tighter kinks and/or curls, knots, etc.
PROS: This is my Preferred Method on wash days, even though I use a lot of water & a half a ton of conditioner…It is a whole lot faster! One of the benefits is that many of the conditioners on the market are formulated to coat the hair strand, softens & smooths out the cuticles to limit breakage & damage. Even though hair is in its most Fragile state, the hair is more flexible and allows you to temporarily alter & manipulate your hair; curls separate more easily when wet, allowing the conditioner to reduce friction from combs or brushes.
CONS: Lots of water will swell the hair fibre, which is why we get severe shrinkage with curly hair. Curls in its wet state, will break much easier. You have to take extra precaution to handle your hair gently when it’s this wet so heavy-handers…BEWARE! If you have a tighter curl patter, you run the risk of detangling your wet curls & coils, only to have them tangle up again when they are fully dry due to shrinkage. The Curlier the hair is…the more breakage can occur due to curls (especially when wet) that wrap around & curl within themselves. Curly hair is best managed when curls are a little stretched. I tend to not detangle my hair when I’m wearing curly styles like puffs or wash & go’s; I let my curls do what they were designed to do. I only detangle my hair when it’s been stretched from a previous bun or braid style; I find that I put way less tension on my hair when I’m not fighting my curls to behave. I’d rather stretch them then control them.
What it is: Hair is more than 60% dry when detangling. Mist or dampen hair with water that has been mixed with Oil or little conditioner or as I prefer…BOTH! But the Key is that hair is not wet or soaked at all. You can also detangle on fully dry hair that’s been coated with oil for needed slip. I personally dry detangle with my fingers only, every time I pre-poo. I use a combination of Oil & Conditioner or a Conditioning Hair Mask that melts tangles & has a lot of slip.
PROS: Remember that hair is in its strongest state when it is dry. It is best to try to stretch hair first (braid, big twists, banding, etc.) for loosen tight curls & coils. Even though hair is less weak, you still want to Lubricate your hair with an oil to provide a Smooth Barrier when detangling. Dry detangling allows your hair to maintain volume while detangling, which keeps it manageable, instead of detangling curly/coily wet hair.
CONS: One of the main downside to dry detangling is time and patience. If you choose NOT to Lubricate your hair at all, you will run the risk of snapping your hair, producing split ends, and cuticle damage due to hair’s lack of flexibility and pliability. Dry detangling can be very painful and frustrating if you don’t take the time to learn the process for “Your Hair” to eliminate damage and breakage.
*At the end of the day, we know your hair and what regimen works best for us.
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Earlier this month, I did a post on Understanding Ayuvedics for Hair Growth where we talked about 12 of these Amazing Herbs that Strengthen, Repair & Nourish hair strands, improve scalp conditions and stimulation….(you can read the latest post here). These traditional Herbs have been proven to benefit more than just our Hair & Scalp. So let’s begin with the basics….
"Ayurvedic Herbalism is not of the east or the west, of ancient or modern time. It is a science of living that encompasses the whole of life, and which relates the life of the individual to that of the universe. A knowledge that belongs to all living beings." ~ Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, 'The Yoga of Herbs'.
The name Ayurveda originates from two Indian words: AYUR: meaning life, and VEDA: meaning science of knowledge. In Simpler terms it means knowledge concerning the maintenance of life. The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is PREVENTIVE, treating people before a disorder has a chance to manifest itself. The name Ayurveda originates from two Indian words: Ayur, meaning life, and Veda, meaning knowledge or science. In a broad sense it means knowledge concerning the maintenance of life. THE Key concepts of Ayurvedic medicine include universal connectedness (among people, their health, and the universe), the body’s constitution (prakriti), and life forces (dosha). The aim of Ayurvedic medicine is preventative and treating people before a disorder has a chance to manifest itself.
Ayurveda evolved from the ancient Wisdom of Healers, Prophets & Rishis that lived deep in the Himalayas. Their wisdom was passed down orally from teacher to student, and eventually written down only in the last 5,000 years in Sanskrit and named the Vedas. Ayurvedic Herbal medicine has been refined by over thousands of years of practical application and experience. In about 800 BC, the first medical healing school was founded in India. A well-known scholar, healer and herbalist Charaka in his writings described 1,500 medicinal plants in his book the 'Charaka Samhita'. This valuable herbal book is still used as a major reference text and is still consulted by modern Ayurvedic herbal practitioners.
So in Lamens terms…what is this Knowledge? Well Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine is as old as “life” itself and is a practice that has withstood the test of time…Its Scientifics is simply based on Life’s ability to Maintain, Prevent & Heal itself through its own Knowledge. So let’s begin to discuss some of these Herbs and how they Benefit the Body from the Inside Out.
AMLA (emblic myrobalan): Is a fruit also Known as Gooseberry which is green in color and has a sour/bitter taste. It has about 60 to 100 calories and contains about 80% water.
How to USE: Fresh Amla Fruit (try your local indian store or order from authentic india website), Amla C Capsules (best before meals), Amla Juice, Powdered Amla (best inexpensive option). Make sure you use quality, natural Amla and use the recommended dosage. It is best to start with a small amount to see how your body responds.
ASHWAGANDHA (withania somnifera): The name of this shrub roughly translates as, “Strength of Plant Horse.” Its roots have been medicinally used for thousands of years.
BRAHMI (bacopa monnieri): Known as Indian Pennywort; the leaves are round, coin shaped and grows in groups of twos or threes. It is widely known for Brain Stimulation. It can take 6 – 8 weeks or longer to see results with regular use.
How to USE: Can be taken in Capsules, Oil or Powder (make sure it is pure and all natural). Can also be infused to drink as a Tea.
BHRINGRAJ (eclipta alba): A plant known as the “Ruler or King of Rejuvenation”.
How to USE: Bhringraj Oil or Capsule, Bhringraj Powder (best inexpensive option).
FENUGREEK SEED (trigonella foenum-graecum): Known as Greek hay or Methi leaves which is an herb that contains seed pods that are yellow- to amber-colored.
NEEM (azadirachta indica): Neem is an Evergreen tree known as the Sacred Plant.
NETTLE (urtica dioica): Known as Stinging Nettle due to its stinging burn when the hairs on the leaves and stems are touched.
TRIPHALA: A common element in many Ayurvedic protocols, Triphala is not one plant, but three. The Sanskrit word actually means “three fruits,” (tri = three, phala = fruit), and it represents the combination of (AMLA) Emblica officinalis, (“BAHERA” TREE) Belleric myrobalan and (TERMINALIA CHEBULA TREE) Chebulic myrobalan. This unique combination has existed in Ayurveda for thousands of years and is considered as a SINGLE ENTITY.
PLEASE SEEK A HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL HERBAL OR AYURVEDIC PRACTIONER OR DIETICIAN BEFORE STARTING ANY HERBAL REGIMEN!
DO NOT USE AYURVEDIC MEDICINE TO REPLACE CONVENTIONAL CARE WITHOUT SEEING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR ANY MEDICAL PROBLEM.
WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING OR THINKING OF USING AYURVEDICS TO TREAT CHILDREN SHOULD CONSULT THEIR (OR THEIR CHILD’S) HEALTH CARE PHYSICIAN.
TELL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER ABOUT ANY CONVENTIONAL AND/OR HERBAL APPROACHES YOU ARE USING.
•NO STATES IN THE UNITED STATES LICENSE AYURVEDIC PRACTIONERS, ALTHOUGH A FEW HAVE APPROVED AYURVEDIC SCHOOLS AND INTENSIVE TRAINING.
WITH ANY HERBS, IT IS BEST TO START WITH A SMALL DOSAGE OR AMOUNT TO SEE HOW YOUR BODY RESPONDS.
So there you have it!!! There are many, many Ayurvedic Herbs that can be used to prevent many diseases; I just touched on a few to give a generalized idea of how they work and how they can be incorporated to enjoy their benefits. So what do you think? Have you tried or are using Ayurvedic Herbal Medicines? How have they benefited your overall Health?
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WHAT IS AYURVEDIC
Ayurvedic Medicine (also known as Ayurveda) is one the World’s Oldest Holistic (whole-body) Healing Systems developed more than 2,000 years ago in India. Ayurveda combines the words ayur (life) and veda (science of knowledge). This system is based on the belief that Health & Wellness depends on a balance between Mind, Body and Spirit in having the ability to HEAL itself. The key concepts interconnects (people, their health and the universe), the body’s constitution (prakriti) and life’s forces (dosha). This System of Balance was written in Sanskrit in three ancient books (Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Astanga, Hridaya) and many of these Ayurvedic practices were handed down by generations. Using these concepts also includes herbs, proprietary ingredients, diet, exercise and lifestyle to maintain a Balance of complete Health.
Even though there are numerous herbs available, I have infused 12 of these amazing herbs as the Primary Foundation in my All-Natural Hair Collection (Ayur’s Batch of Nature). Before this product line was founded, I had been incorporating several herbs for over 5 years in my own Ayurvedic Hair Care Regimen and my hair has continued to thrive in Strength, Health and Length when consistently used. In my recent post, Henna Basics for Beginners, I stressed the importance of making sure that when you purchase your Henna, that it is 100% Pure-Quality Henna. The same goes for when ordering your herbs online, please make sure that they only sell All-Natural, Pure (and my personal preference) Organic products or you can purchase locally if you have an authentic Indian store. There are two reputable companies that I prefer to order from and they are http://www.mehandi.com and http://www.hennasooq.com/color/. Every order I have received from them has always been fresh and high-quality. Pure, natural herbs and powder will have a grassy/earthy aroma and will come in various shades of brown, green in color, or red (hibiscus). Ayurvedic Herbs are safe and yields the same benefits for all Ethnicities, Cultures, Hair types & Textures.
HERBS AND THEIR PROPERTIES
So we have touched briefly on the Concept of Ayurvedic, the importance of the Quality of Herbs, now let’s chat about their Properties and how they work….
AMLA (emblic myrobalan): A fruit known as Indian Gooseberry. Its properties are cooling, astringent, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antiviral. It contains vitamin C and encourages hair growth. Amla can be used as a remedy for hair loss; it also nourishes and provides luster to dull and dry hair, making hair thicker and stronger. It also controls premature graying, lightly conditions, controls dandruffs and other scalp related issues.
BRAHMI (bacopa monnieri): Known as Indian Pennywort that has leaves that are round, coin shaped and grows in groups of twos or threes. Native throughout India including the North Eastern region. This herb combats chronic hair problems, thickens hair, prevents pre-mature balding and hair loss and nourishes the scalp with light conditioning properties, it reduces dandruff, helps prevent split ends and also prevents itchy scalp.
BHRINGRAJ (eclipta alba): A plant known as the “Ruler or King of the Hair for Rejuvenation”. It is Native to India and the Southwestern US and known for stopping hair loss, premature graying of hair and makes hair stronger. It is best known and considered to be the best Ayurvedic remedy for stopping hair loss, it’s known to darken hair, fight pre-mature balding and cures alopecia, adds denseness, thickness and luster to hair.
BURDOCK ROOT (arctium lappa): A hard Perennial Plant, also known as Cockle buttons, Burr seed, Beggar’s buttons and Thorny burr. It is Native to Europe and North America. It’s rich in natural vitamins, minerals, amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and protein. It helps to promote healthy hair, relieve scalp irritations, improves scalp conditions, aids in hair growth, stops hair loss and adds sheen and strength to hair.
HIBISCUS PETAL (rosa sinensis): Known a China rose and Native to North Africa, Thailand, the Caribbean, and Latin America. These flower petals will vary in colors from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow. It contains a high percentage of vitamin C and is rich in silica. Prevents hair loss, discourages split ends, thickens hair, promotes hair growth, reduces hair loss, gives hair a gorgeous shine, delays premature graying, and enhances the red tones in henna recipe. It is also Excellent for moisturizing, conditioning and softening hair.
HORSE TAIL (equisetum): Known also as Snake grass or Puzzle grass and is Native to North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. These branch-like leaves which resemble a horse tail are stems that are saturated with an ample amount of silica and silicic acids. Silica content helps strengthen and repair weak, brittle, damaged hair, giving it vitality and shine with regular use. This plant is used as a remedy for dandruff, eczema and psoriasis; it nourishes and strengthens hair follicles and facilitates natural hair growth.
MARSHMALLOW ROOT (althaea): A Perennial herb known as a White Mallow Herb and is Native to Europe and Western Asia. It’s great for soothing and relieving your scalp and hair and is also super slippery when wet due to the mucilage, which is a gel-like substance and SLIP is what is Needed to help remove tangles, knots and your hair from coiling around itself. This herb treats hair ailments like eczema, psoriasis and dry scalp. It has excellent conditioning properties, nourishes hair follicles, softens hair and imparts shine.
FENUGREEK SEED (trigonella foenum-graecum): Known as Greek hay or Methi leaves which is an herb that contains seed pods that are yellow- to amber-colored. It is Native to India, Southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, and Western Asia. Fenugreek is high in protein, rich in iron, vitamins and minerals that nourishes and strengthens hair follicles. It also treats sensitive scalp conditions, promotes hair growth and helps to prevent pre-mature graying and baldness. It also reduces itchy scalp, repairs hair damage and reduces hair fall out.
NEEM (azadirachta indica): Neem is an Evergreen tree and every part of this tree has medicinal value that can be used, from the sap, twigs, flowers, and bark to the seeds, gum, fruit, and roots. It is Native to Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, Nepal, Iran, and in the tropics. Its healing properties are naturally anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. It relieves itchiness and redness from eczema, promotes shiny, healthy hair, combats dryness of scalp, and fights scalp infections, dandruff, and psoriasis. Undiluted Neem oil will help treat head lice.
NETTLE (urtica dioica): Known as Stinging Nettle due to its stinging burn when the hairs on the leaves and stems are touched. It is Native to Brazil. Nettle is rich in iron and drinking Nettle Tea or even rinsing hair with Nettle Tea is also known for one of the oldest remedies for hair loss. It encourages hair growth by improving circulation and it greatly reduces shedding. Nettle will also help with an imbalance of sebum if you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp.
SHAKIKAI (acacia concinna): Known as the “Fruit of the Hair”. It’s a Shrub that’s Native to Asia that’s been used traditionally in Indian for beautiful and healthy hair as a mild and all natural shampoo. Shikakai has anti-dandruff properties and aids with detangling. This natural shampoo does not produce the normal amount of lather that a sulfate-containing shampoo would, it is considered a healthy good cleanser that absorbs dirt, oil, and build-up. It naturally has a low pH, purifies the hair and scalp, and doesn't strip hair of its natural oils. Usually no conditioner is needed, for shikakai also acts as a detangler.
SLIPPERY ELM BARK (ulmus rubra): Also known as Moose elm, Red elm, and Sweet elm. This large tree is Native to North American from Texas to Manitoba, and from Florida to Quebec. It is high in vitamin K and E and full of minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, iodine, copper, and zinc. When Slippery elm bark is added to hot water, it has a slippery and mucilaginous consistency so it’s great for detangling and removing knots as well because we Naturals know…We Need SLIP. Slippery elm helps remove dandruff, helps to detangle the hair, softens and smooths hair cuticles, can even improve the volume, and has bacterial properties to strengthen hair.
Have used tried Ayurvedic Herbs? What has been your Experience? What Herb has been Beneficial the Most? Is Ayurvedic Hair Care a Regular part of your Regimen?
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WHAT IS HENNA
For over 5,000 years, Henna has been used to naturally color hair; It is a safe & healthier alternative to Commercial Hair Dyes. The first thing you want to do is ALWAYS make sure that it is natural body art quality (BAQ) which is Pure-Quality Henna (used for Body Art & Hair) which has been sifted to be suitable for Body Art. Pure Natural Henna is a Greenish Powder with a Grassy/Earthy Aroma due to the harvesting of leaves & twigs from Henna Bush; it is free of peroxides, mineral oils, pesticides, ammonia, bleaches & harsh chemicals. Some stores even go as far As adding metallic salts and/or chemicals to change its color tones and /or stretch the Henna. Regardless of what you’ve read or heard, Henna is RED….Period; Whether on skin or on the Hair…No matter what the Color is the same but its red undertones will vary greatly on the color base or YOUR Own Hair; HENNA it WILL NOT Lighten Hair! It you have dark hair, the Henna will not be that noticeable but the more you apply it over time, the deeper the color becomes.
If your hair is dark brown or black…you will have a red glow in the light & red highlights in the sun.
If your hair is light brown…you will have a medium brown to auburn color
If your hair is blond or gray…you will get a greater bolder red color (my grays are glistening red).
It Covers Grays Greatly…Beautifully…Naturally!
You can Color your Hair with various shades, including black, with the Natural addition of other Herbal Blends like Indigo, Organic Cassia Obavata, Katam). Please Understand that Henna & Indigo are Permanent! You can purchase 100% Natural Henna from Mehandi (http://www.mehandi.com/ or Henna Sooq (http://www.hennasooq.com/color/). There are other great companies out there but these are the two that I’ve personally used to purchase Good Quality HENNA…Every time!
BENEFITS OF HENNA
Those that have used Henna have said that their hair has been the healthiest & fullest it has ever been. Hair becomes 2 – 3 times thicker, breakage & shedding is significantly reduced & it thickens hair all within the first use. HENNA is a Natural Conditioner & an Excellent Hair Strengthener. It greatly reduces & eliminates dandruffs. It also aids in Curing & Preventing hair loss & Enhances hair growth (especially in older men & women).
HOW TO MIX & USE HENNA
Henna comes in grams (usually 100g). For short hair to chin length: use about 50 – 100g. Shoulder length to mid back length: use about 200 – 300g. Waist length & longer: use about 500g. Use a little more for thicker, curlier hair. There are so many recipes for Henna Paste…You can make it as Complex (I did then) or as Simplistic (I do now) as you like…Trust me, you pretty much get the Same Results!
In a plastic bowl, with a sizable plastic spoon, you can use either pour hot water or green tea in the Henna until it is the Consistency of thick Pancake Butter (you want it pasty in order to stick to the hair). When hot liquid is added, the Henna’s Lawsone (orange/reddish dye) is released and when the Henna Paste is applied to the hair strand the molecule of the Lawsone is small enough to enter the hair shaft and will bind to the Keratin (protein) in the hair. HENNA is not a Protein Treatment but mimics one due to the immediate strength the hair will have due to the penetrating & bonding of the Lawsone to the hair.
You can then add about 1 tbs of Oil (EVOO or EVCOO) per 75 - 100g to combat dryness due to Henna Herb. Some even prefer to Pre-Oil for added moisture before applying HENNA, it prevents the hair from drying out and it will not affect the hair Color.
Once you have mixed the HENNA & Oil, allow it to sit for 4 hours or more. I would not add extra ingredients (extra oils, coconut milk, spices, EO’s, etc) until you see how HENNA works for you. HENNA will stain skin so Please USE GLOVES to apply HENNA to freshly washed damp or dry hair (easier to apply when hair is damp).
Apply in sections making sure you saturate & cover every strand; HENNA is a little gritty & should be thick, therefore you made need to knead it onto the hair instead of smoothing it in. Press the Henna into the hair very thick, especially the sides & where you have gray, wipe off all HENNA that is on the skin to keep from staining. Once you’re done, wrap your hair in saran wrap & place a plastic cap on top to prevent the paste from drying out, it takes a warm, moist environment to penetrate the Lawsone into the Keratin of the hair. Leave the HENNA in for at least 2 – 6 hours, the longer you leave it in, the deeper your color will be. Some people (including myself) will sleep with the HENNA in overnight.
When you are ready, rinse the HENNA completely out with warm water first then Co-Wash or use a small amount of a Moisturizing Shampoo to completely wash it out. Don’t forget to follow up with a Moisturizing Deep Conditioner due to the Henna that can be very drying to the hair.
HOW TO STORE HENNA
HENNA in its powdered form should be wrapped tightly and can be stored in the fridge, freezer or a cool dry place. Any HENNA Mix that you have leftover can be stored in the fridge for a few days or frozen for later use or Henna Mix used as a Henna Gloss, simply mix 1 part Henna Mix to 3 parts Conditioner (more or less depending on personal preference). A Henna Gloss can be done all over or great when just doing touch-ups, leave Gloss on for about 30 minutes to 1 or 2 hours & rinse completely. You can apply the thawed Henna to Roots for touch-ups followed up with a Henna Gloss on the rest of your hair. I would not advise doing Henna Glosses until you have achieved the color you want from prior Henna Applications since Henna Glosses don’t leave as much color as full strength HENNA. RESULTS
***Please Note*** Day One will NOT be the final Color! It may be a little bright at first so please allow 3 – 4 days for the color to Oxidize (settle & tone down), the Color Stain will get darker over a few days, you should have the Final Color Result by day four. You can reapply HENNA as often as you like; with repeated applications, the color will continue to get darker & richer. During Oxidation process, do not shampoo hair for at least 4 days. Also, make sure you continue to maintain a balance of deep conditioning & regular protein treatments when using HENNA. If you have Curly Hair, please be aware that HENNA could Loosen your Curl Pattern (by no means this does not mean everyone), some say that may be due to the weight of the Lawsone on hair strands, especially with repeated applications (curl patterns were not affected as much with henna glosses) Many Curlys & Coilys have added 2 – 4 tbs of Amla Powder to the HENNA powder prior to application and have successfully had great results in maintaining their curls. I myself had added Amla to my HENNA mixes & have personally not had a curl problem. So What Do You Think....Up for the Henna Challenge?
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