How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair

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When you have fine hair, many products can weigh your hair down causing it to look stiff and lifeless. Some of those products however are soooo very good for your hair. Specifically, I’m referencing Shea butter (as if you couldn’t tell from the title of this post LOL!).

Found in the continent of Africa, Shea Butter has been used for centuries to care for the skin and hair. Shea Butter provides many benefits for the skin including relief from dry, chapped skin & scalp as well as the treatment of minor skin burns, diaper rash, minor eczema, and other minor skin irritations. Shea Butter contains beneficial Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin F. Rich in Vitamins A, C and F.

There is much to be said about Shea Butter. It is truly one of nature’s most precious resources and provides substantial benefits but how do you use get shea butter and fine hair to work together so the hair doesn’t look weighed down?

Whip it that’s how!

That’s right. When you whip shea butter, it becomes light, fluffy and creamy. Adding essential oils can increase the benefits and also add a pleasant scent.

There’s tons of videos on the web on how to make a whipped version of Shea Butter. Here is one that’s pretty darn easy on the instructional side (and probably different from what you’re used to seeing):

Now, onto my version. I don’t have tons of time (or skill) to be whipping up shea butter with a thousand oils in it sooooo I cut my recipe down to the bare bones (MyCherriCola ‘s recipe was pretty minimal too):

  • Shea Butter (I actually prefer mango butter since it has no scent)
  • Vitamin E (to preserve)
  • Peppermint Oil

That’s it. I don’t melt my butters because my apartment is warm so they tend to be pretty soft and pliable to work with – unless I refrigerate them, of course. Whipped Shea/Mango Butter made with essential oils smells great and does the job of keeping the moisture sealed into fine hair without all the “weight.”

Do you use whipped Shea Butter?

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Why I Avoid Beauty Products Containing Parabens and Sulfates

I've transitioned from face products containing parabens to all natural
I’ve transitioned from face products containing parabens to all natural

When it comes to personal care, it’s very important to know what’s in the products you are using. In my opinion, Parabens and Sodium Laurel Sulfate are two chemicals that should be avoided like the plague. Below details why.

About Parabens

By definition, Parabens are inexpensive antifungals used in various products, including food. You can find Parabens in most all commerical shampoos, toothpaste, moisturizers, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, deodorants and many skin care products. Parabens can be identified by various names: methylparaben, butylparaben, and ethyparaben.

There have been studies for and against the use of parabens. Many studies declare that parabens are not healthy for you because of:

1- Their ability to mimic the estrogen hormone. Estrogen in high levels has been known to cause certain types of breast cancer. Parabens have even been found in certain types of breast tumors.

2- Developmental problems can occur with regular exposure.

3- Studies have found exposure to parabens from creams and lotions, greatly increases the risk of the parabens being ingested through the skin.

4- Studies have shown that parabens can be linked to premature aging of the skin.

Many people are alright with using products with Parabens because there has been no definitive proof. To each his own. There are some good products on the market with parabens in them but what about long time exposure? The problem with Parabens comes with long term or prolonged exposure.

About Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Sodium Laurel Sulfate, also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate is another inexpensive chemical that is commonly used in personal care products such as shampoos, toothpaste, and soap. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is used in degreasers and for clinical testing on animals and skin to determine it’s effectiveness on irritated skin. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is so dangerous because of it’s potential to absorb rapidly and deeply through the skin into the body.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate can severely dry out the skin and cause the hair to fall out due to damaging the hair follicles. It is corrosive and very drying. Sodium Laurel Sulfate has also been linked to cancer causing carcinogens.

There is a lot more detailed information on the web about the harmfulness of Sodium Laurel Sulfate. However, I’ve given you a brief summary that I believe adequately details the dangers of Sodium Laurel Sulfate.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Google “dangers of Parabens” and “dangers of Sodium Laurel Sulfate.” There are many studies available that you can read in more depth. I don’t know about you but I will not take that unnecessary risk with my health when there are natural alternatives available. God intended for us to use the good of the earth. Man made chemicals may have their place from time to time but they are just not the best that’s available to you.

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Beauty Emergency: Reclaiming A Bad Hair Day

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Let’s face it. Beauty emergencies happen. This month I’ll share how to address some of them head on so you can come out your most beautiful self….starting with THE BAD HAIR DAY

Tips for Reclaiming a Bad Hair Day

When your hair isn’t cooperating in it’s free flowing curly (or even straight) state there’s a few suggestions I have to share with you so that you can get out the door pretty fast:

  1. Make it an up-do. Buns and french rolls are pretty quick to do. All you need are a few bobby pins, a satin scrunchy, PuffCuff or a banana clip.
  2. Focus on the front. The hair that frames your face is the most important. Leave the back as is. You can twist or braid and pin the front back in a number of ways that make the style look much better.
  3. Add some moisture. Sometimes, all it takes to turn a drab hair day into a fab hair day is reviving those tresses with a little moisture.
  4. Add accessories. A stylish headband, flower or scarf can turn your bad hair day right around.
  5. Slick them edges! Do you sometimes feel like your hair would look SO much better if it weren’t so frizzy around the edges? Me too! Slick them down girl. Get your toothbrush out (not the one you brush with :-) ) and get to work

When you aren’t quite ready to wash your hair and have a bad hair day that’s not critical to you looking your cutest on that particular day, you can reclaim your style over night by converting it into a new style.

Converting a Wash ‘n Go into a Braid Out

I like wash and go’s. I like twist outs. I like braid outs. Sometimes, these styles can get real funky looking after a few days unless you are twisting/braiding/washing daily. But for one, who has time for all of that? And for two, that’s WAY to much manipulation when you are trying to grow your hair long. In my case, having fine hair causes an even more uphill battle because all the extra manipulation required to create a style can cause breakage if I’m not careful.

A while back I did a wash and go on my lovely (In my humble opinion :-) ) fine hair but it only lasted for 3 days. Boooo! The reason was because the products I chose to set my curls were too lightweight. Anywho, check out how I attacked this bad hair day by  converting my wash and go into a braid out:

How do you reclaim a bad hair day?

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