September Beauty Content Reshare – 1st Up is Detangling Curly Hair

September is going to be a month of sharing other people’s content. Yay! Good for you and good for me too :-)The beautify of the reshare is that it introduces other bloggers to my readers as well as gives me a break in coming up with my own content LOL!

So, over the next month I’ll be sharing natural hair, makeup, skin care and other beauty related posts from others that I have found to be helpful and think you might agree.

These informative beauty posts that I will be resharing will typically not be found on the popular beauty blogs. You see, the chances are high that you have probably already read information that is available on popular beauty and natural hair blogs so I won’t bother with resharing that content.

Just know that, because the information isn’t provided by someone considered to be a beauty “guru” doesn’t mean the content they share is any less accurate. In fact, a lot of what you will read in the coming month will be spot on and specificially helpful for you if you have fine hair or are starting to feel a little like you are stumped for beauty tips.

Today’s Beauty Content Reshare is an article from Angel’s Ringlettes and the topic for discussion is “The Real Secret Behind Detangling Curly Hair.” This article has some great tips for those with fine natural hair even though it doesn’t specifically mention that it’s for fine hair. The tips provided on detangling curly hair will greatly help with length retention on any hair type but especially for those of us with fine hair.

Hey Beautifuls,

I have a secret to share with you. In a moment, you will say goodbye to frightening wash days with regrettable detangling stories. In previous blog posts, I’ve outlined our detangling process–which remains the same to this day. Let me quickly bullet point them for you.

DETANGLING WITH EASE:

  • Pre-poo (oil/conditioner on dampened hair prior to detangling)
  • Goody (or any ball tip paddle brush) tool
  • Start detangling at the very extreme tip of the hair ends.
  • Detangle under running water with your favorite conditioner
  • Work your way up the hair shaft INCH BY INCH under the running water
  • The thicker your hair, the more sections you will want to work in. I like to make approximately 4 sections

These tips have helped us to detangle without any tears. Knots, tangles, rips and tears are at the top of the list why most people decide to put chemicals in their hair.

What if I told you that I have a secret to drastically reducing the drama from coily hair tangles? If you have already implemented the above tips into your detangling routine, then you are half-way there.

Read the rest here.

Stay tuned for the next September Beauty Reshare :-) I’m diggin’ y’all :-)

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How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair

fine hair

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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