Three Hair Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

cf041318e29736b993ef8c4728f2bb36What isn’t apple cider vinegar good for? Weight loss,skin,female issues,etc. Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a natural hair care product to promote healthy hair in both men and woman. Its acidity is close to that of natural hair, it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent and it’s also an effective germ killer.

Benefits for the hair include:

1.Vinegar hair rinse. Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an apple cider vinegar rinse (pH 2.9). On the other hand, many of the hair care products we use, such as soap-based shampoos, bleaches, hair colors, and permanents are strongly alkaline. Rinsing with apple cider vinegar will help balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products and inexpensive shampoos.

2. Dandruff and itchy scalp relief. The acids and enzymes in acv kill the bottle bacillus, a bacteria that is one of the causes for many scalp and hair conditions such as dandruff, itchy scalp, hair loss and often baldness. The bacteria clogs hair follicles allowing dry crusts to form that itch and flake. For a simple home treatment for dandruff and itchy scalp, apply full strength acv to the scalp, rub in, and leave on for a half hour to an hour before washing your hair.

3.Natural hair loss treatment. For bald and thinning areas apply to scalp an hour before shampooing- 2 Tbsp acv mixed with a tiny pinch cayenne powder.
Then before going to bed, mix a royal jelly capsule with one tsp acv, pat on bald areas and leave overnight.d24c7af582dbce7828ebed6a2eef8fab

The following herbs have also been used to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth:

  • Burdock
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Thyme
  • Yucca

 

The Afro Puff

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There is nothing cuter than, or more convenient, a nice puff! I wear them all the time. You CAN achieve a cute high puff without the pain and the damage to your natural hair. Ignoring a tight headband all day for the sake of a cute puff can put you at risk for traction alopecia (thin spots on the sides,back,etc.) . 69a45562a5a00ecaf27f03ae65e69c92 Use a long, thin silk or satin scarf . You’re better able to control how tight your hair will be as you tie the scarf to form your puff. 72bd0a67154fb8ad03feee2e27f1ebe7

And, as you may already know, the benefits of using these materials as opposed to cotton accessories is that they won’t suck the moisture from your hair.

Four Invigorating Scalp Treatments

Want healthier hair? The solution may be closer to the roots.

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If you have a dry,irritated scalp,the hair. The hair your follicles produced will probably be dry and unhealthy too.

Here are four scalp nourishing treatments:

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Part hair into quadrants and apply tea tree oil with a soaked cotton ball. Tea tree oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It has a slightly medicinal smell and should never be applied without a carrier oil. You can mix tea tree oil with any type of oil, vegetable glycerin, or even aloe vera and apply to the scalp. You may notice a slight tingling and refreshed feeling minutes after applying. Tea tree oil will prevent any fungus or bacteria from growing on the scalp. Be sure to wash your hands after handling it.

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Witch Hazel is a natural astringent, and will help tighten the skin and scalp naturally. Witch hazel has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and like Tea tree oil, will also help to fight bacteria from growing on the scalp. Section your hair and try running a cotton ball saturated with Witch Hazel over your scalp. Once dry, your scalp should feel airy and fresh. Witch hazel also helps to treat mild scalp irritation.

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Peppermint oil also requires a carrier oil and should not be used directly on the scalp or skin. Not only is peppermint oil great for refreshing the scalp, but it also stimulates and promotes hair growth. Peppermint oil is ideal for itchy or dry scalp, and also aids in controlling dandruff problems. Try mixing a couple of drops to a spray bottle with Aloe Vera juice and distilled water. Spray directly onto the scalp. Allow your hair to air dry and you’ll feel like you have a freshly washed head of hair.

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Lemon juice is also a natural astringent and contains antiseptic properties. It can be used on the scalp to clarify, fight off bacteria and treat dandruff and itchy scalp. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to your hair oil of choice. Apply to the scalp with a cotton ball.

 

Turn Your Shower Into Your Personal Spa

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Having beautiful hair and skin requires a little work. But that can be hard to do when you’re super busy. You may be a busy mom,or a super driven career woman. Here are some tips and product recommendations. No matter how busy you are,you will definitely be able to cram in some pampering.

The best times to squeeze in some pamper me time is when you bathe. Aside from getting regular trims,you should be deep conditioning your hair as well.

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Naturally thick and curly hair needs lots of moisture. Mixed Chicks understands that. This creamy concoction  works great on dry hair ! Leaves the hair feeling nice and soft. Just add in a dollop after your normal shampoo routine,in the shower. Cover with a plastic cap. Rinse when you are done showering.

Black charcoal based hair and facial treatments are all the rage right now.

The benefits:

  • Make pores smaller and cleaner. …
  • Take care of oily skin. …
  • Treat acne. …
  • Deep clean your skin. …
  • Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations. …
  • Rid your hair of toxins. …
  • Add volume to your hair.
  • Remedy scalp conditions.

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claims-loreal-clay-maskI really like L’Oreal’s black charcoal mask! If you have hyper pigmentation,it will make your skin radiant and toned. Apply in the shower after you’ve gotten your face wet and cleansed. Keep the mask on well after you’ve showered. Brush your teeth,iron clothes,etc. Just before you get dressed the mask should be dry. Towel off with a warm towel.

It’s such a blessing you can find multipurpose beauty treatments. Aztec Secret is my favorite for just that reason! Bentonite clay is known to draw dirt and impurities from the hair and skin, without over drying it of its natural oils. On the hair,It’s an alternative to traditional clarifying shampoos.

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Here is how you use the mask on your hair:

  1. Place the clay into your bowl first.
  2. Add desired essential oils.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar, but before you add the water, let it foam up a bit.
  4. Allow it to begin its reaction.
  5. Finally, add the water.
  6. You can use your hands and apply it to wet or dry hair.
  7. Apply it from the roots to the ends of your hair.
  8. Leave on the mask for 20-30 minutes.
  9. It will be easier to rinse out your hair in the shower.
  10. Use warm water and rinse thoroughly.
  11. Do not leave any clay in your hair as it will dry up and look awful.
  12. Once you think you have all the clay removed, use your regular conditioner.
  13. Let your conditioner sit on your hair for about five minutes.
  14. Rinse again.

All of these treatments can be squeezed into any shower session. So here’s to looking refreshed on a tight schedule!

 

 

 

Three Shrinkage Hacks

shrink-hack-1Shrinkage is part of the natural hair journey. Naturalistas should know how to work with their curls, not against them.

A hack is a more efficient way of doing something that solves a problem. So here are three shrinkage hacks to help you achieve a stretched look with your curls, and reduce your shrinkage.

Braid-Out

A braid-out is done on damp hair. The hair is then braided in individual braids or cornrows. Apply pomade,gel,or any hair setting product to each section. After a few hours or overnight, apply a little oil and separate the braid. These stretched styles work wonders to stretch your hair, producing beautifully defined curls. The tension helps to retain the length while the hair is stretched, so the coils won’t be able to shrink as easily. braid-out

Roller Set

A roller set is an excellent,heat free way to stretch the hair! Detangle damp hair before rolling. It’s best to stay away from heavier products. Opt for a foam,mousse,or even a leave-in conditioner. Sit underneath a hooded dryer and allow your hair to dry completely before removing rollers. Magnetic rollers are the most gentle and effective. The snap-on rollers give smoother results and are easiest to use.shrinkage-hack

Bunning

My personal fave,and the easiest stretched style. This can be done on both wet and dry hair. If you want the most stretch for your hair, make sure it’s moisturized by using a good leave-in and styling product. Pay special attention to your ends and use a dime amount of butter or pomade to keep your edges smooth. With longer hair, begin twisting the loose hair in three to four twists to give you looser curls.bunning

Why Getting Your Hair Cut is the Best Thing For It

short-style-natIf there is one thing that I know,as a hairstylist of 16 years and counting. A lot of women (black and white) HATE to get their hair cut lol ! Even the ones who specifically ask for a short style?! Keeping your hair cut is the best way to keep it healthy and growing. A short style that looks clean and even. Looks better than long, “see through” strands. But you’d be surprised how many woman wanna hold on to those long straggly,thin,weak pieces of hair lol !trimming-natural-hair3 A cut will aid in keeping the ends from splitting and looking frayed, thereby giving the appearance of healthier and longer hair. When ends split and are severely damaged, they can cause breakage and that breakage travels up the hair shaft.maxresdefault It can be easy to skip hair cuts when the only goal is long hair, but this is when you should  be staying on top of it. Many people make the classic mistake of skipping trims because they are growing their hair long.cutting-starts-5-of-7-678x1024 I am not saying get a cut EVERY TIME you go to your stylist. Every 6-10 weeks is good. Hair takes a beating from heat and styling. For example, I see a lot of heat damage from blow outs and flat irons on natural hair. heat-damage-hairThose straight pieces that are at the ends of your natural,coily strands,need to be SNIPPED. It does not look cute. And no conditioners or hot oil will fix it.

Worlds Of Curls

For YEARS I wore my hair short & loved it. Now am in love with voluminous curls! It’s a bonus that this style is also a trend right now!I just blend my natural hair in front with a little extra added length in the back. But you don’t have to be natural to wear this curly look. Here are some hair care tips for all you curly head divas out there!

 

 You  can’t over-condition frizzy hair. You need a heavy conditioner for use every time you shampoo, and a deep conditioner for use once a week.

Enhance your curls with a cream created for curly hair. Rub it in and let hair air dry. If you’re wearing a synthetic wig, just use water & a detangler spray.

The more you play with your curls, touching them etc, the more chances you’ll get frizz. This is a fuss free style. So stop fussin with it!

 

 

If you achieve this style by a roller set, make sure your hair is COMPLETLEY dry before you take the rods or rollers out. Strawllers setting foam & rollers are good to try to achieve this look. But a regular setting lotion & rods works just fine too!