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Thursday, November 6, 2014

How I recovered from Traction Alopecia

What is Traction Alopecia? This is a small or localized hair loss area caused by repetitive or persistent pulling or force on hair roots. Tight braids and ponytails can pull hard enough on hairs to make them fall out. (Medicinenet.com)

I diagnosed myself with Traction Alopecia in  04/2014 after noticing extreme thinning, and bald spots in my temples.




What caused my Traction Alopecia? I don't wear braids often and when I do, I install them myself so there is no tightness or tension on my scalp. So, my Traction Alopecia was not caused by tight braids or hairstyles that were too tight. I did however notice that every time I used my Denman brush, modified or unmodified, I would have extreme soreness in the temple areas. No matter how gentle or careful I was, my temples were always sore after detangling with the Denman Brush. I do not know the scientific reason why but the Denman was pulling out my hair.



How did I recover? I stopped using the Denman Brush and started using the wide tooth comb and my fingers to detangle. I gave my hair a break from all the manipulation and put it in a protective style. I also did this so I could have easy access to my scalp. I gave myself scalp massages three days a week with my Healthy Hair Serum. The scalp massages helped to increase blood flow to the scalp and the oil helped to promote growth. In addition to that, I made sure to keep my scalp clean. Even though my hair was in a protective style I cleansed with apple cider vinegar every three weeks. I also didn't leave braids in my hair too long I made sure I removed them after six weeks. As a result I have fully recovered, and my hair is back to being full and health. Since I stopped using the Denman Brush, I haven't experienced any tenderness while detangling or otherwise.





Have you used a detangling tool like the Denman Brush? What has been your experience?

Monday, September 8, 2014

How I detangle my 4C Natural Hair

I have embarked on a hair growth journey. That not only includes lots of protective styling but caring for my natural hair as well. I will upload a series of videos showing how I care for my hair. In the below video, I show you how I detangle. If you have any questions or comments leave them below.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Products for Natural Hair: Product Reviews for Jojoba and Mango Styling Cream

 


Jojoba and Mango Styling Cream

Customer Reviews



 
                    
        
 
 
                    
        
      






Sunday, May 25, 2014

4c Natural Hair: The Quest for Obnoxiously Long hair

The Start of My Hair Growth Journey
My hair in kinky twists using finger comber hair


I will be four years natural in June and for the most part my focus has been figuring out what works for my hair and maintaining healthy hair. I'm not going to lie, when I first went natural I thought I would have ass length hair by now. That thought was mainly influenced by the many women who seem to be natural for all of two days and have hair down to their ankles (gross exaggeration, I know). Needles to say, when my hair wasn't grazing mid back at the three year mark I was greatly disappointed. But I soon realized that every ones hair grows at different rates and there are many factors that influence hair growth.

Myths:
There are several myths surrounding African American  Women and long hair. The first being that African American women cannot grow long hair unless of course their DNA is mixed with Cherokee, Caucasian, or Eurasian. (Maybe I'm making that up, but you get the point). The second myth is that our hair length is predisposed. For a long time I was led to believe that my hair could not grow beyond my neck because up until I went natural that was the longest my hair got. Several women on both sides of my family have achieved extremely long hair. But I was told it was due to their DNA. My grandmother for instance always had long hair which we all attributed to her being part coolie. But if she is indeed my grandmother and she is able to achieve long hair because she is coolie shouldn't I be able to do the same. In fact there is a patch in the back of my head that resembles her curl pattern even though I am 4c every where else. I kid you not.

Since being natural I've gotten all the way to arm pit length. I have cut my hair several times over the almost four years. The first cut was supposed to be a trim done by a "professional" who channeled Edward Scissor hand and gave me an experience that has since scarred me. That "Trim"/Cut was done in 2012 I spent the following year growing back my hair and cutting every three to four months to try and even it out instead of doing a second big chop. I managed to get back to my original length in May of 2013. From then on I've been maintaining my hair and I managed to make it to arm pit length.

My New Goal:
Recently though I've been obsessed with extremely long and luscious hair (maybe its a phase).  So I'm on a new journey to grow my hair to extraordinary lengths maybe floor length. (j/k). My hair grows but it doesn't grow very quickly so in order to the retain the length I will be doing a variety of protective styles, mainly braids. While my hair is in braids I will maintain it by cleansing, moisturizing and massaging my scalp with the Healthy Hair Serum. I plan on wearing the braids for a maximum of two months, when I remove them I will do a protective style like flat twists with my own hair. I plan on doing this however long I can stand it.

What is your hair growth secret?

What tips do you have for growing and maintaining length?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Moisturizing 4c Natural Hair Using the LCO Method

THE LCO METHOD: ALSO KNOWN AS LIQUID CREAM OIL METHOD

 
 
 
 
I moisturize my hair using the Liquid Cream Oil method.
To start I spray my hair with the herbal conditioning spray
Then I follow up with the Jojoba and Mango Styling Cream
To seal it all in I use the Healthy Hair Serum.
I twisted my hair and let it dry overnight.
Then I twisted my hair with the Good hair butta.

All products are available at www.thenappylife.com

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Monday, March 24, 2014

D.I.Y. Bentonite Clay Detox for Natural Hair

I generally co-wash but nothing beats a good cleansing session to get rid of buildup and excess oil. For me, shampoos tend to dry my hair out even the sulfate free ones. However, Bentonite clay gets rid of the impurities all while keeping my hair moisturized. Bentonite clay consists of aged volcanic ash and has the ability to absorb toxins, impurities and chemicals. It is one of the most powerful clays for detoxing.

How to make a clay wash

INGREDIENTS:

2TBS Bentonite Clay


1TBS Apple Cider Vinegar (great for clarifying)


1TBS of olive oil - To moisturize


10 drops Tea Tree oil - Cleansing agent


1tsp Vitamin E oil

4oz Water


TO USE:

Mix until smooth then apply to damp hair massaging into the scalp first then rubbing the mixture along the length of your hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes covering with a plastic cap. Be sure to use a plastic cap to ensure that the clay does not dry in your hair. If the clay dries it may be more difficult to rinse out.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Handmade Products for Natural Hair

GOOD HAIR BUTTA
Moisturizing Hair Butter perfect for natural hair, especially type 4 hair. This butter moisturizes, seals, protects the hair against breakage and split end, conditions and promotes growth. It melts away knots and tangles to make detangling a breeze. Very thick and rich so a little bit goes a long way. Provides luster and shine



Shea Butter is high in antioxidants and vitamins, conditions and moisturizes the hair, and helps lock in moisture to prevent breakage and promote growth.


Other Ingredients:
Nourishes hair with essential fatty acids and locks in moisture. The oil also strengthens hair and treats split ends. It is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti- bacterial.

 Penetrates the hair shaft to moisturize dry hair, it also provides luster and shine. Great for softening the hair, it also prevents breakage, and split ends which in turn promotes length retention.

 Keeps hair moist, locks in moisture and provides shine. Protects against hair loss, dry hair and split ends. Contains fatty acids which allow the oil to penetrate the hair shaft.

This butter can also be applied to the skin.
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Directions:
To seal in moisture apply to damp hair and style as usual. Can also be applied to dry hair to moisturize

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Does Oil Rinsing Work for 4C Natural Hair


So I just got put on to oil rinsing after watching a few youtube videos of course. I decided to try it because typically after washing, even if its just co-washing, I have to work extra hard to replenish the moisture.

How I oil Rinsed
There are different variations of this process. I shampooed, deep conditioned and then rinsed the deep conditioner out of my hair. I wash my hair in sections, so I applied a generous amount of the oil to my hair one section at a time. I work it through so all my strands are coated then I immediately rinse with cold water to close the cuticle and lock in the moisture. I repeat the process until all sections are completed.

The Benefits of Oil Rinsing
Everyone may have different results. But for me and my 4c hair I noticed that my hair was a whole lot softer, moisturized, shinier and dare I say bouncy. This was even before applying my leave in conditioner.

Oil used for Rinsing
I recommend using an oil designed to seal in moisture like castor oil, you can use whichever oil you prefer. I use my own blend of natural oils which includes castor oil. Purchase all natural oils here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/organicrootzhaircare

Oil rinsing will definitely be a part of my regimen now.


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