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Essential Night Time Routine for Natural Hair

Essential Night Time Routine for Natural Hair
Three Things You Must Do Before Sleeping
© Kimberly Ward

These bedtime procedures are a necessity for keeping natural hair in optimum condition

Along with the appropriate moisturizer, shampoos, conditioners and treatment methods, doing the right things before you sleep is important to ensure your natural afro or curls is well looked after.

Twists or Corn-rows Before Bed

Natural hair doesn’t need to be wrapped (using a comb or brush to sweep the hair around the head into a mound) before bedtime because it doesn’t need to be kept straight. The best way of preserving shape and keeping hair strands together is to twist the hair in sections or plait it in corn-rows.

The smaller the twist, the tighter the curls in the morning once they are loosened, but generally dividing hair into fist-sized sections and twisting (by diving each section into two and twisting gently but firmly until you reach the tip) is adequate, as are corn-rows plaited from the front to the back of the head. Both styles keep the hair in shape rather than splayed out all over your head.

In the morning, separating the twists or corn-rows with your fingers is preferable to combing it out. The less use of combs and brushes the better as these can pull out natural hair which is very delicate.

Moisturize Both the Scalp and Ends

Natural hair, especially the ends, needs more moisture than other types of hair. Dry ends lead to breakage so keeping both the scalp and tips well-oiled at night is a must. Light oils (olive or avocado oil works well) are better than thicker ones like Pink Oil, which can just sit on your hair and make it lank and heavy.

Sparse oiling of the scalp followed by a bit more for the ends of each of your twists is recommended before bed time. The average sleeping time of six to eight hours, and the lack of harmful interference from sunlight or winds means nightly moisturizing is the best time for giving your hair the nutrients it needs. Repeat the light oiling for both the scalp and ends in the morning.

Silk Scarves and/or Silk Pillowcases

As you sleep, your hair rubs against the pillow and against itself which can also lead to breakage. This rubbing can be reduced with the use of a silk or satin pillowcase because these are made from softer materials that’s kinder to hair than cotton. The hair oils you’ve put in is also more likely to remain on your hair if you use silk or satin pillowcases.

Because natural hair doesn’t need to be wrapped, you can twist and sleep without a scarf, provided you’re sleeping on a silk or satin pillow case. You may, however, choose to wear a scarf as extra protection, and it’ll also ensure smoother hair in the morning.

There may be other night time routines you find work well for your hair, but doing these three things regularly goes a long way in managing natural hair.

Article courtesy of Kimberly Ward…

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Carols Daughter Launch The Princess and The Frog Bath Collection


Carol’s Daughter is launching(in October) a new line of bath products inspired by the upcoming film The Princess and the Frog. The film features Princess Tiana, Disney’s first African-American princess, as the heroine.

What: The Princess and the Frog bath collection by Carol’s Daughter

Description: The Princess and the Frog bath collection by Carol’s Daughter is a limited limited-edition line of hair and bath & body products made with natural ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, cranberry extract, sunflower seed oil, olive oil etc. The collection includes a shampoo, conditioner, hair detangler and bubble bath packaged in packaging featuring scenes from the movie. The product line is geared for African-American hair but is suitable for all races.

Product Highlight(s): Affordable, AA owned

Price:$10.00

Where to Buy: Carolsdaughter.com

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Nappy Hair Moisturizers

Nappy Hair Moisturizers

Most of the ingredients in these recipes can be found in your refrigerator. Recipes with perishable ingredients may require refrigeration since they do not contain preservatives. These recipes are quick to make and will save you time and money. As with ANY recipe, you may have to play with the ingredients a little bit to suit you. These are hair moisturizing recipes that are simple, natural, and beneficial for ALL hair. These recipes will add moisture, sheen, and softness to your hair.

Lemon & Honey Rinse

2 Teaspoons Honey
1/4 Cup Lemon juice
4 Cups Warm water
Mix ingredients together. Wash as usual. Apply mixture thoroughly through hair. Do NOT rinse.

Honey Rinse

1 Teaspoon Honey
4 Cups Warm water

Mix the ingredients. Wash as usual. Apply mixture thoroughly through hair. Do NOT rinse.

Honey & Olive Oil Conditioner
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup warm water
Mix honey and olive oil well. Add to water and stir well. Distribute evenly all over the hair. Apply plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well. Style as usual.

Mayo Conditioner
3 – 4 Tablespoons mayonnaise (real mayonnaise, NOT salad dressing)
With hair wet or dry, cover hair with mayonnaise. Apply plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

Note: Leaving a minimal amount in the hair will keep it soft and moisturized.

Hot Olive Oil Treatment
1 – 2 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Sandwich bag (with zip closure)

Put olive oil in the bag and zip it. Run hot water over the bag until desired temperature (DO NOT OVERHEAT!!!).Apply olive oil all over your hair. Apply plastic cap for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

Homemade Dandruff Treatment
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water

Mix the ingredients and stir well. Apply to the scalp. Let sit for 5 – 7 minutes. Rinse well.
Note: You can put this mixtue in a plastic bottle and spray in onto the scalp for ease of use.

Homemade Citrus Hair Spray
1 Orange
2 Cups Water

Chop the orange and boil until 1/2 the original contents are gone. Strain, cool, and put into a spray bottle. Add more water if too sticky. Refrigerate after use.

Homemade Hair Gel
1 Teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 Cup warm water

Dissolve the gelatin in the warm water. Keep refrigerated and use as you would any hair gel. It’s that simple!

oz = ounce
tsp = teaspoon
tbs = tablespoon
c = cup

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How do you use coconut milk in your hair??

How do you use coconut milk in your hair??

1. Coconut milk soaks. This involves no other ingredient other than
coconut milk coming into contact with your hair. You douse your hair
in coconut using the whole can and leave on your hair for about an
hour. I have not done this because most people comment that it is so
drippy while your are waiting that hour..but they do say it makes
their hair feel nice!

2. Coconut milk+Conditioner mixtures. I do this very frequently,
about every other week to ensure that I do not have hair protein
overload. I mix coconut milk with my moisturizing deep conditioners
(not protein conditioners because coconut milk is a protein
remember!!). The conditioners that I have had great success with
coconut milk are Lustrasilk Sheabutter Cholesterol (in the bottle)
and Proclaim Aloe&Shea all of which you can find at your Sally’s
beauty supply. I mix coconut milk with these conditioners and add
other natural ingredients including coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and
castor oil. You can change your recipes based on what your hair
wants. The general recipe for the coconut milk+conditioner mixture is
as so:

1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup conditioner
Mix all of these ingredients and let sit on your hair for about an
hour and rinse out! Strong fluffy hair for the rest of the week!

** Courtesy of Moni from Au_naturale@yahoogroups.com **

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How to Moisturize Natural Hair


Moisture is one of the main components to achieving healthy natural hair. Using quality ingredients is also necessary for proper hair growth.

Because African American hair in its natural state can become dry, brittle, and prone to severe breakage it is a must to moisturize the hair each day for optimum results.

Many people are turned off by their natural hair texture due to lack of knowledge and not understanding how to properly care for their hair in its original natural state; so many women revert back to harmful chemicals with the assumption that their hair will become “more manageable” which is untrue. Natural hair is versatile and manageable with the proper knowledge.

Did you know that water based products aid in moisture retention and pentrates the hair shaft?
Using hair grease does the opposite; it draws moisture away from the hair and accumulates dirt and pollutants onto the hair shaft, thereby, hindering hair growth and causing dryness.

Water based products are essential for imparting the proper levels of moisture to properly moisturize natural hair; look for products that are all natural and organic when possible.

In the event you can’t find all natural or organic products choose products that have water (aqua), or aloe vera as the first ingredient.
Natural hair is so beautiful, unique, and bold. The versatility natural hair offers is amazing, and more importantly there are no dangerous chemicals coming in contact with the scalp, nor are there any concerns about over-processing the hair.

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Things You’ll Need:

Moisturizing Shampoo
Deep Conditioner
Leave in Moisturizing Conditioner
Hair Accessories

INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1
Shampoo your scalp with an invigorating all natural or organic moisturizing shampoo; you can also add coconut oil, jojoba oil, or any other oil to ensure it does not dry out your natural strands. This really works wonders and it helps to combat unnecessary dryness. Concentrate on cleansing the scalp—this stimulates hair growth and keeps the scalp free of dandruff.

Step 2
Apply a quality deep conditioner to your hair, and use a stream room– if you have one, while the conditioner is in your hair– this is amazing for maximum penetration. No steam room, no worries, use a steaming towel– place a wet (no saturated) towel into the microwave for a few seconds and place the towel on your head for several minutes. You could also use a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 30-45 minutes, this is also effective. Detangle your strands while they are saturated with conditioner under running water. After rinsing out the conditioner gently squeeze the excess water from your hair instead of roughly pulling your hair with a cotton towel which causes friction that leads to broken strands and dryness.

Step 3
Apply a generous amount of a all natural water based leave in moisturizing conditioner or add aloe vera to your favorite leave in conditioner from the ends of your hair working your way up, paying close attention to the ends of your hair, which is more prone to breakage and dryness.

Step 4
Apply a natural carrier or essential oil to your hair, try coconut oil, peanut oil is great, castor oil, glycerin, or olive oil to seal in the moisture, this helps to keep the hair shaft moist for a longer time frame and reduces breakage and combats that awful dryness and tangles natural hair tends to get from time to time.

Step 5
Gently gather your hair into a bun if it is long enough, always lubricate the hair band before placing it around your hair, this reduces friction that cause breakage and dryness. If your hair is too short for a bun consider pulling your hair back using a silk or satin head scarf to protect gorgeous mane.

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RECEIPE: Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Add shine, bounce and remove build-up from your hair with this simple apple cider vinegar rinse. Apple cider vinegar is a well-known health food and folk remedy. Acetic acid, the main ingredient, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, glimmering strands. Apple cider vinegar hair rinse will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria and is a great cure for dandruff. This rinse in not recommended for color-treated hair, as it might strip the color.

Basic Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Step 1
Make the rinse by mixing 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with one quart of distilled water. Put the mixture in a glass jar or plastic bottle and bring it into the shower or bath.

Step 2
Shampoo hair and rinse well. Apply the apple cider vinegar rinse to your hair. Leave in for a few seconds. Rinse using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine. Since vinegar is acidic, using the rinse daily is not advised. Try it once a week, at most. Pay attention to how your hair responds and adjust usage accordingly. Also, you don’t need to condition hair after the rinse.

Step 3
** Optional** add 5 drops of lavender, rosemary, lemon , sage or rose essential oil to the basic vinegar rinse recipe.

Step 4
If you notice a vinegar scent after you’re done rinsing, don’t fret. The smell will disappear after you towel dry your hair.

Tips & Warnings
Be careful to not get vinegar rinse in your eyes. It will burn.
Do not use on color-treated or processed hair. Acetic acid is a clarifier and can strip hair of color.

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Hair & Now: Mixed Chicks the Curly Revolution


ESSENCE.com: Celebrities like Halle Berry can’t get enough of your hair care line. Why do you think your products are so popular among both real women and celebrities?

KIM ETHEREDGE:
I think there has never been a product like Mixed Chicks. Our product not only represents bi-racial and multi-cultural individuals but represents and affects every person whether it be a major celebrity like Halle Berry or an everyday person with combination hair. Women for the most part have struggled for years to find a product for “their” hair that works and that they don’t have to spend a fortune on. No more shopping in the “normal” aisle and the “urban” aisle to mix and match products, now one line that fits the needs of them all. Now when you shop at the beauty supply you can find Mixed Chicks in the middle aisle where the worlds come together and you can look like a celebrity without the celebrity cost!

ESSENCE.com: Describe 3 hair care problems you have encountered and 3 solutions since using and creating Mixed Chicks?

ETHEREDGE:
Common curly hair care struggles would be frizz, dryness, oily hair and tangles. Many products contain alcohol and sometimes too much oil that can dry the hair out and leave the hair feeling hard or weighed down. We created our leave-in conditioner without alcohol so with just the right amounts of hydrolyzed wheat protein (strengthens hair and promotes healing), safflower oil (transforms dry porous hair into soft pliable hair), jojoba oil (defrizzes) and methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), you are able to run your fingers through your hair, your hair is moisturized and there is no frizz. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner contains behentrimonium (derived from coconut) chloride which conditions, softens is an antistatic and flyaway reducer and is a mom’s best friend when washing hair. It helps detangle and making the “hair washing” experience easy!

ESSENCE.com: Celebrities like Halle Berry can’t get enough of your hair care line. Why do you think your products are so popular among both real women and celebrities?

KIM ETHEREDGE: I think there has never been a product like Mixed Chicks. Our product not only represents bi-racial and multi-cultural individuals but represents and affects every person whether it be a major celebrity like Halle Berry or an everyday person with combination hair. Women for the most part have struggled for years to find a product for “their” hair that works and that they don’t have to spend a fortune on. No more shopping in the “normal” aisle and the “urban” aisle to mix and match products, now one line that fits the needs of them all. Now when you shop at the beauty supply you can find Mixed Chicks in the middle aisle where the worlds come together and you can look like a celebrity without the celebrity cost!

ESSENCE.com: Describe 3 hair care problems you have encountered and 3 solutions since using and creating Mixed Chicks?

ETHEREDGE: Common curly hair care struggles would be frizz, dryness, oily hair and tangles. Many products contain alcohol and sometimes too much oil that can dry the hair out and leave the hair feeling hard or weighed down. We created our leave-in conditioner without alcohol so with just the right amounts of hydrolyzed wheat protein (strengthens hair and promotes healing), safflower oil (transforms dry porous hair into soft pliable hair), jojoba oil (defrizzes) and methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), you are able to run your fingers through your hair, your hair is moisturized and there is no frizz. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner contains behentrimonium (derived from coconut) chloride which conditions, softens is an antistatic and flyaway reducer and is a mom’s best friend when washing hair. It helps detangle and making the “hair washing” experience easy!

ESSENCE.com: Celebrities like Halle Berry can’t get enough of your hair care line. Why do you think your products are so popular among both real women and celebrities?

KIM ETHEREDGE: I think there has never been a product like Mixed Chicks. Our product not only represents bi-racial and multi-cultural individuals but represents and affects every person whether it be a major celebrity like Halle Berry or an everyday person with combination hair. Women for the most part have struggled for years to find a product for “their” hair that works and that they don’t have to spend a fortune on. No more shopping in the “normal” aisle and the “urban” aisle to mix and match products, now one line that fits the needs of them all. Now when you shop at the beauty supply you can find Mixed Chicks in the middle aisle where the worlds come together and you can look like a celebrity without the celebrity cost!

ESSENCE.com: Describe 3 hair care problems you have encountered and 3 solutions since using and creating Mixed Chicks?

ETHEREDGE: Common curly hair care struggles would be frizz, dryness, oily hair and tangles. Many products contain alcohol and sometimes too much oil that can dry the hair out and leave the hair feeling hard or weighed down. We created our leave-in conditioner without alcohol so with just the right amounts of hydrolyzed wheat protein (strengthens hair and promotes healing), safflower oil (transforms dry porous hair into soft pliable hair), jojoba oil (defrizzes) and methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), you are able to run your fingers through your hair, your hair is moisturized and there is no frizz. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner contains behentrimonium (derived from coconut) chloride which conditions, softens is an antistatic and flyaway reducer and is a mom’s best friend when washing hair. It helps detangle and making the “hair washing” experience easy!

ESSENCE.com: What’s most difficult about styling and caring for naturally curly and course hair?

ETHEREDGE:
Most of us women struggle with caring for and styling natural hair because we want the look we desire and we want it immediately! Unfortunately we have to learn to style and train our hair. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner is such a great product for naturally curly and coarse hair. Our exclusive conditioning blend penetrates and reconstructs damaged areas, transforming style-stubborn-hair into resilient, easy to maintain tresses.

ESSENCE.com: What style and maintenance tips can you offer our readers?

ETHEREDGE:
Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner is a terrific product for working women, college students and women who want to look good and don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to style. Apply to completely wet hair and let air dry. After an hour at work or after two classes your hair will dry and feel like you spent the time to style. Curls will last for a day or two and for a refresh look, just fill a spray bottle with 1/3 of leave-in and the rest water and touch up hair the following day.

ESSENCE.com: What curly hairstyles for summer are you most looking forward to?

ETHEREDGE:
The whole symmetrical bob is in style, so I’m looking forward to seeing that cut styled with Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner.

ESSENCE.com: What styling products can you not live without and why?

ETHEREDGE:
I can’t live without my leave-in conditioner. Whether I’m going out on the town, on vacation or simply going into the office the leave-in conditioner defines, controls and defines my curls with ease without the sticky, heavy and flaky hold many products provide.

To purchase Mixed Chicks products visit, Mixedchicks.net.

*** Courtesy of Essense Magazine***

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Nappy Hair Kitchen

Hair Moisturizers

Most of the ingredients in these recipes can be found in your refrigerator. Recipes with perishable ingredients may require refrigeration since they do not contain preservatives. These recipes are quick to make and will save you time and money. As with ANY recipe, you may have to play with the ingredients a little bit to suit you. These are hair moisturizing recipes that are simple, natural, and beneficial for ALL hair. These recipes will add moisture, sheen, and softness to your hair.

Lemon & Honey Rinse

2 Teaspoons Honey
1/4 Cup Lemon juice
4 Cups Warm water

Mix ingredients together. Wash as usual. Apply mixture thoroughly through hair. Do NOT rinse.

Honey Rinse

1 Teaspoon Honey
4 Cups Warm water

Mix the ingredients. Wash as usual. Apply mixture thoroughly through hair. Do NOT rinse.

Honey & Olive Oil Conditioner

1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup warm water

Mix honey and olive oil well. Add to water and stir well. Distribute evenly all over the hair. Apply plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well. Style as usual.

Mayo Conditioner

3 – 4 Tablespoons mayonnaise (real mayonnaise, NOT salad dressing)

With hair wet or dry, cover hair with mayonnaise. Apply plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

Note: Leaving a minimal amount in the hair will keep it soft and moisturized.

Hot Olive Oil Treatment

1 – 2 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Sandwich bag (with zip closure)

Put olive oil in the bag and zip it. Run hot water over the bag until desired temperature (DO NOT OVERHEAT!!!).Apply olive oil all over your hair. Apply plastic cap for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

Homemade Dandruff Treatment
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water

Mix the ingredients and stir well. Apply to the scalp. Let sit for 5 – 7 minutes. Rinse well.

Note: You can put this mixtue in a plastic bottle and spray in onto the scalp for ease of use.

Homemade Citrus Hair Spray

1 Orange

2 Cups Water

Chop the orange and boil until 1/2 the original contents are gone. Strain, cool, and put into a spray bottle. Add more water if too sticky. Refrigerate after use.

Homemade Hair Gel

1 Teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 Cup warm water

Dissolve the gelatin in the warm water. Keep refrigerated and use as you would any hair gel. It’s that simple!

oz = ounce
tsp = teaspoon
tbs = tablespoon
c = cup