Happy New Year Naturals 🙂
I am happy to be back to blogging after a long deserved break. Just like you, I have my 2017 hair goals (and life goals generally) and top of the list is to do basic and informative blogging/vlogging. It’s always good to go back to the basics, start over and understand some of the basic things naturals use and do to keep long and healthy hair. I am hoping that this will be helpful especially to those starting out their natural hair journey in 2017, (Heeeeeeey there, Welcome to the club honey 🙂) and also to you and I who have been natural for a while now. We always have something new to learn everyday.
In the spirit of informative blogging, I did my research on products, mostly natural products, that aid in the growth and health of natural hair. I have used some of this products before and the results have been amazing so far. For other products listed that I may not have used yet, I have heard from friends who have used them and also researched about the benefits. This list is not comprehensive and therefore feel free to drop more products you know about in the comments section. When you are buying the processed products, it would be good to check out the ingredients below so that you know whether the product would help you achieve what you want. So here goes my A-Z Hair Products that will make your hair journey fun and fruitful;
- Apple Cider Vinegar: a perfect ingredient to restore your ph. After using so many products, it is always advisable to cleanse your hair with water and at least two table spoons of ACV so as to free your hair from the product build-up.
- Aloe Vera Juice: Because it contains proteolytic enzymes, aloe vera repairs dead skin cells. It is therefore good to use it if you have dandruff. Add it to your spray bottle and you are good to go 🙂 Another way to use it is by adding it to your DIY conditioner. It will leave your hair smooth and shiny 🙂 Thank me later 🙂
- Avocado: This is a great and common ingredient to add to your DIY conditioner especially if your hair is damaged and dry. It helps to retain moisture inside the hair cuticle. An additional pro is that it is affordable and readily available when in season.
- Argan Oil: this is a rich natural hair oil that softens your hair, gives it a natural glow and tames frizz.
- Bananas: soften your hair making it very manageable. They are also a good remedy for split ends because they strengthen your hair. When using bananas as part of your DIY conditioner, it is advisable to blend them separately then sieve the fluid. If you skip this important step, you will have lots of white residue after cleansing the conditioner which can be very very frustrating.
- Coconut Oil: Benefits of coconut oil are inexhaustible. It is one of the few natural oils that penetrate your hair strands hence strengthening the hair. Read here for a detailed post on the benefits of coconut oil.
- Castor Oil: This is one of my favorites
- There must be a product under this category that would be helpful in this hair journey. C’mon, help me out in the comment section, will you? 😉
- Eggs. Egg whites are rich in protein which strengthens your hair. It is a great ingredient when making your DIY Protein rich conditioner. However, too much protein can damage your hair and therefore, once in a while, it is good to use the egg york only which is a growth stimulator.
- Fish: Other than being one of my favourite meals, fish contains Omega 3 Fatty acids which strengthen your hair and leave it shiny as well. If you are experiencing dandruff, it is advisable to add fish into your diet as well.
- Flax Seeds: When looking for a curling cream, this is one of the main ingredients that you should look out for. Flax seed gel is easy to make and gives your hair bouncy shiny curls. 🙂
- Green Tea: A final green tea rinse is a perfect remedy to dandruff and dry scalp.
- Honey: Simply put, honey attracts moisture which is good for our hair. Since it also has nutrients and anti oxidants, its good for the hair follicles and encourages hair growth. As a DIY Conditioner ingredient, always use it with other ingredients to avoid its sticky and potentially messy effect. 🙂 I always add honey to my DIY conditioner and it leaves my hair richer and shinier. You should try it out.
- Heena: Heena treatment is natural hair bae 🙂 If your hair is falling off every time you comb or detangle, it is time for heena treatment. Buy a good heena and mix with your deep conditioner. This will greatly strengthen your hair.
- Iron: There is a reason Margaret Thatcher was called the Iron Lady. Haha 😉 Iron depicts strength. Iron supplements will keep your hair strong by carrying oxygen to the roots.
- Jojoba Oil: This one contains essential minerals and vitamins that are very vital for our hair. For example, it has Vitamin B which aids in moisture retention of the hair strands and zinc which strengthens the hair (just to mention but a few…)
- Jamaican Castor Oil: now this is one product that has remarkable results when it comes to growth. It can be pricey but it is totally worth it
- Keratin : Our hair is made of keratin and there is constant need to boost the keratin content so as to maintain healthy and strong hair. To do this, it’s good to include foods that have keratin e.g kales, broccoli, onions etc
- Leave in Conditioner: As naturalistas, we must prevent dry hair because this eventually leads to breakage. A good leave in conditioner is very helpful when fighting dryness and especially when the weather is just too sunny. It gives an extra boost of moisture that our hair needs to avoid breakage.
- Mayonnaise: I once did a mayo treatment and the most notable benefit was how my curl pattern became more defined and my strands more shiny and firm. I mixed it with honey and left my hair under a shower cap for around 20 minutes. Though the smell of this DIY conditioner is not one of the best, the benefits are incredible for our natural tresses.
- Mangoes: One of my favourite fruits! Since mangoes have vitamin A and C, they are perfect remedy to dandruff and promote hair growth. Mango butters/Oils also smell nice. It is advisable to massage onto the scalp twice or three times a week to see results, especially when dealing with dandruff.
- Metallic afro pick comb: Perfect when you want to achieve volume after unravelling your bantu knots, twist out, three strand twists etc. Watch here how I do it :-)
- Nuts: Did you know that nuts strengthen our hair? I am a groundnuts fan!! Every week, I must have groundnuts. Since they are rich in protein, I can testify that they strengthen our hair. I just realized that my big sister loves groundnuts and has such healthy strong hair. 😉 So it actually makes sense 😉
- Olive Oil: Whether processed or unprocessed, olive oil is a perfect sealant for your hair especially when the weather is hot. After moisturizing your strands with water, rub olive oil against the strands to protect them from drying. (Dry hair breaks)
- Pepper mint: Do You know how soothing and cool mint is? My favourite chocolate is mint chocolate. 😉 Anyway, if you have an itchy scalp and have been fighting against dandruff, peppermint oil is perfect to sooth your scalp because it has antiseptic value. Massage your scalp with the oil or add it to your conditioner. Other than fighting dandruff, peppermint massage will rejuvenate your hair follicles hence facilitating hair growth in both length and volume.
- Protein- Hair is made of protein (Keratin). Therefore, it only makes sense that a boost of protein will keep our hair stronger and healthier.
Hmmmm….any Question so far? It would be interesting though to know a product starting with this letter that’s good for our hair. Do you know any? Please share on the comment section below 🙂
- Rice water: This year, I must try the rice water rinse. Research shows that rice water protects the hair from damage and improves elasticity. It further has amino acids which strengthen the hair and add volume hence richer, thicker texture.
- Shea Butter: This has to be one of my favourite products of 2016. It makes your hair so soft and shiny. It is also perfect for bantu knots and twist outs. Watch here how my twist outs turned out using shea butter only.
- Tea tree oil: is one of the natural hair oils with antiseptic value and therefore a go-to incase you have dandruff and flakiness.
- Tshirts: are soft and smooth therefore reduce friction and dry your hair faster. I wish more salons could revert to using them when drying our hairs. Sigh.
- Towels: are rough and therefore avoid them when drying your hair as they lead to more breakage.
- I got stuck here as well and I hope I can update this post once I come across a product under this category that is vital in our healthy hair journey 🙂
- Vitamin A: This one helps in production of sebum, an oil secreted by the scalp which ensures the hair is not dry and brittle. You can boost your vitamin A intake by consuming carrots, spinach etc.
- Vitamin C: Other than boosting our immune system, it is a building block of collagen, a protein that aids in growing strong hair. Take lots of oranges and pineapples 🙂
- Vitamin D: This helps in healthy follicle growth. Expose your hair to the sunlight a few minutes everyday. Eggs are also rich in this vitamin.
- Water: This should be your hair’s best friend. Always moisturize your hair with water to avoid breakage. Dry hair is brittle and to make the process easy, use a spray bottle 🙂
- eXtra Olive Virgin Oil: Yes guys 😉 That’s the best I could come up with here 🙂 I used the extra olive virgin oil, the one for cooking, as a sealant and I love how it leaves my hair glossy and vibrant. You should try it sometime 🙂
- Yoghurt: Since yoghurt is a source of protein, it is definitely a great ingredient when making your DIY conditioner. (preferably the plain/natural yoghurt and not the flavoured ones)
- Zinc supplements are key to hair strength and growth.
Well, thanks for reading and I hope you found this article very informative. It would be great if you share your comments below and let me know what other products would be good for our hair so that I could include it. I will be doing the A-Z techniques as well to keep any struggling naturalista out there informed; I know understanding some naturalista terms can be quite hectic. Sigh*. We need a dictionary published 🙂 Hahaha, till next time, enjoy and embrace thy journey 😉