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Get Your Hot Oil On!

 Sometimes we can be very cruel to our hair. Pulling, curling, coloring, straightening, etc. We do not realize how much torture we actually put our hair through. That’s why it’s important to put back in what you take out. But before I get into that…let’s take the healthy hair test.

HEALTHY HAIR TEST:

1. Pluck a strand of hair from your head

2. Drop the strand of hair into an eight ounce glass of water

Okay chicks…if your hair strand sinks to the bottom of the glass quickly… your hair lacks protein and moisture. If your hair floats…it’s healthy! 

 I’ve listed three of my fave natural hot oil treatments below and they all add moisture and promote healthy hair and scalp. These hot oil treatments can be found in your home! If they’re not in your home…they should be!

Containers of coconut oil and flax oil

Coconut Oil: I love coconut oil. Coconut oil helps to regrow damaged hair and  it’s effective in eliminating dandruff. It’s also a great moisturizer for dry hair, scalp and skin . Coconut oil is light, so it’s perfect for chicks with fine hair who suffer from dandruff and dry scalp. BONUS: You can also bake with coconut oil! Cooking with coconut oil has many health benefits. It aids in digestion, kills bacteria and  strengthens your immune system. You can find coconut oil at your local health food store. Please go to www.organicfacts.net for more information on coconut oil. If you’re allergic to coconut try flaxseed oil or avocado oil. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree is one of the best healing oils. It’s a natural antibacterial disinfectant. One of the major hair/scalp benefits of tea tree oil is that it eliminates dandruff and scalp bacteria while adding moisture. Tea Tree oil is also great for men to use after haircuts…to help prevent razor bumps. Do not cook with tea tree oil! BONUS: Tea Tree oil is effective on burns, acne, warts, boils, etc. Caution: If you’re preggers (pregnant) or have sensitive skin, you should avoid using tea tree oil. Visit www.homeremediesweb.com for more information on tea tree oil.

Olive Oil:  one of the oldest and most common oils on the market today. Olive oil works wonders on dry damaged hair. If you have a dry hair issue more than dry scalp…this is the oil for you! BONUS: Olive oil is probably the most popular cooking oil today and cooking with olive oil has cardio vascular, digestive, and anti-cancer benefits. Visit www.whfood.org for more information on olive oil.

Do-It-Yourself  HOT OIL Treatment

1. Take your oil of choice and put it into an applicator bottle. Heat oil in the microwave for a few seconds (you can buy applicator bottles from your local beauty supply)

2. TEST OIL ON YOUR FINGER FIRST TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OIL IS NOT TOO HOT!

3. Apply oil to your scalp and massage in using your fingertips for 5-10 minutes.

4. Comb oil through hair from scalp to ends. 

5. Run hot water over a towel. Twist out excess water and wrap the warm towel around your head.

6.Place a plastic cap over the towel for 15-20 minutes. (optional)

7. Shampoo and condition hair thoroughly.

*Like everything in life…you get out what you put in! If you take care of your hair and scalp…healthy hair will grow out!

Relaxed Chicks

Cover of "Good Hair"

Cover of Good Hair

To relax or not relax… that is the question! Well, there’s no right or wrong answer. I prefer that my clients with weak, fine, sensitive scalp, or color treated hair go natural. The reality is that hair relaxers are made up of chemicals. Chris Rock‘s documentary “Good Hair” shined an unflattering light on hair relaxer and the damage that it causes. I’m sure his documentary scared a lot of women natural. Half of my clients freed themselves from the “creamy crack” years ago but the other half are still hard-core relaxer addicts. I believe that it’s a personal choice and if your hair is able to flourish with a relaxer-I say, do you! My clients who have relaxers actually have beautiful healthy hair, but in order to achieve healthy relaxed hair you must follow a few rules. I’ve listed a couple of tips to help maintain relaxed hair.

  • Have a licensed professional hair stylist apply all chemical products to your hair! Look for a stylist who specializes in chemical services and hair careBreakage occurs when relaxer is overlapped. New growth only!
  • Commit to it! Breakage also occurs when you’re not consistent. Try to keep a  8-10 week schedule (depending on hair growth)
  • Moisture, Moisture, Moisture. Relaxers can strip hair of essential oils.  Maintain your relaxer by using shampoo and conditioner that add moisture. If your hair becomes overly dry…use olive oil as a hot oil treatment or a reconstructive hair masque.
  • Keep hair trimmed. When you trim your ends… you’re cutting off the oldest part of the hair. The ends tend to become dry and brittle over time and trimming your ends gives your hair a healthy appearance.

 

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