26 Sep

The Benefits of Natural Oils for Healthy Hair

In the quest for maintaining healthy hair, I’ve discovered that natural oils can play a huge role in protecting your hair in a number of ways. Natural oils should be a part of your staple line of hair care products because they work locking, sealing, preventing and boosting:

To lock in moisture on wash day
To seal your ends on wash day
Prevent tangling and help with detangling
* Prevent breakage by providing necessary slip when dry styling
Boost your conditioner’s effectiveness

Oils in general help to lubricate the hair (notice I didn’t say moisturize). I’ve even read articles about mineral oil being helpful. However, I refrain from it because it does my hair no good whatsoever.

There are many oils that you can use to keep your hair healthy including those of an ayurvedic nature. Ayurvedic oils are best when not mixed with any sort of preservatives or other “contaminants.”

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Here are the oils I use (notice most are Ayurvedic or 100% natural):

  • Brahmi Oil for use in a henna gloss
  • Olive and Jamaican Black Castor Oil(JBCO) for scalp massages. JBCO is also used to seal my ends.
  • Strong Roots Red Pimento Oil – I’m newly using this to see if it helps with my itchy scalp.
  • Vatican Oil for my pre-poo (pre-shampoo for those new to natural hair care)
  • Argan Oil to complete my hairstyles – you get amazing shine with this
  • Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Oil (nothing like that stuff with mineral oil in it) to work through my hair daily to prevent tangles. It contains: Apricot kernel oil, Grapeseed oil, Wheat germ oil, Fragrance, Sunflower seed oil, Rosemary leaf extract, Vitamin E, Soybean oil, beta-carotene, Canola oil, and Limonene (comes from the skin of citrus fruits)
  • Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir (a combination of Soybean oil, Sweet Almond oil, Olive Fruit oil, Peppermint oil, Sage oil, Rosemary Leaf oil, and perfume fragrance) to prevent flyaways and frizz when taking out my twist outs or braid outs. It’s also great fabulous smelling hair! I alternate it with the Burt’s Bees
05 Aug

11 Natural Foods In Your Kitchen To Use In A Budget Facial Mask

If you’re into natural skin care, chances are you’ve been bombarded with the number of products available on the market.  Some of them are quite expensive.  Others won’t break the bank.  In both cases, you do get what you pay for.

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But what if you’re on a strict budget?  How do you get your skin’s needs met?  Easy.  Open your refrigerator!

There are so many natural foods that can double for skin care products, you can get good quality skin care right from your own food supply.

Here are some natural foods you can use to make a budget facial mask today (no special order):

  • Kiwi
  • Honey
  • Egg
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Avocado
  • Cucumbers
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon
  • Banana
  • Tomato

You can easily find recipes that will incorporate one or more of these natural foods for any skin type.

If you’re more of a processed foodie, some of these items may not be at your disposable. Hmmm. What a great time to change your eating habits!  Next time you go grocery shopping, pick these up for healthier skin and a healthier body.

17 Jun

When Hair and Skin Play Nice Together

For the past few months, I’ve been really focused on my hair. I joined the Kim Coles Growout Challenge after completing the Radiant Skin Challenge.  I have been very careful not to use heat on my hair while also taking extra special care of it (co-washing, henna-ing etc.).

Yeah, I know. I am usually all about talking skincare but lately, my hair has bee at the forefront of my thoughts. A hair/skin junkie? Maybe.

At any rate, I wanted to share the best way to get your hair and your skin to play nice. Simple. Protective styling.

How Protective Hair Styling Protects Your Hair

If you wear your hair out a lot, it’s constantly rubbing up against your skin – the back of your neck, the sides of your face and your forehead if you wear bangs. Loose hair will interfere with good skin care (hey, that rhymes)

Of course, wearing your hair out has its place but if you wear protective styles, you are helping your skin by eliminating contact with germs that are found in/on the hair.

Now some people think of protective styles as braids or up-dos. Well, if your ends aren’t tucked, it’s not really protective style. That’s not to say your ends can never be exposed either.  There are up-do styles where the ends are exposed but if your hair is going to play nicely with your skin, there can be no contact.

Everything from up-dos, to pinned twists and pinned curls will work great for your hair and for your skin.

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More Tips to Care for Your Skin and Hair Simultaneously

So what happens when you don’t wear a protective style?  How do you get your hair and skin to play nicely then?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Wash your hair regularly to prevent product and germ buildup which can interact with your skin
  • Avoid using hair (and skin) products that are heavily laced with chemicals
  • Aim to keep your hair moisturized, not greased. Greasy hair does nothing for you but clogs your pores.

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Here are some styles I’ve worn lately (nothing too fancy but my skin and hair play nice!):

03 May

Skin Care Regimens to Care for Sensitive, Dry, Normal, Oily and Acne Prone Skin

Dry Skin Type: Daily Skin Care Regimen

Dry skin is prone to premature wrinkles and needs extra care due to its lack of moisture and oil balance.  While dry skin can be uncomfortable and not physically attractive, following a daily skin care regimen will help keep the skin looking its best.

Here’s a simple 3 step dry skin care routine:

Dry Skin Type

Cleanse, Exfoliate, and Moisturize

1- Use an oil-based gel cleanser that will add moisture and oil to the skin and not strip it of any natural oils that may be present.

2- Use a light exfoliant once per week to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresh layer of skin.

3- Use an oil & water based moisturizer that contains an SPF of 30 to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while adding necessary moisture and oil to the skin.  Water should be the first ingredient followed by a light natural oil. Avoid mineral oil and petroleum which clogs the skin.  Moisturizers with Shea Butter and Olive Oil are quite effective.

Note: All of your products should be alcohol-free.  Alcohol is very drying to the skin and must be avoided at all costs.  As a matter of fact, avoid skin care products that contain any harsh ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate or ingredients with the word “paraben” in them.

Dry skin can be uncomfortable and your choice of moisturizer is critical.

Always remove any makeup before going to be each night. This can be accomplished by using the cleanser for your skin type followed by your moisturizer.

Follow this dry skin care regimen and tips to maintain healthy skin all year round.

Recommended Dry Skin Products:

  • Organic Facial System for Dry Sensitive Skin
  • Organic Oatmeal Milk and Honey Soap
  • Tea Tree and Peppermint Foot Scrub
  • Tea Tree & Peppermint Foot Cream

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02 Feb

The Oil Cleansing Method and What You Need to Know

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There’s a lot of talk about the oil cleansing method in African American forums. Some ladies swear by it (usually those who just started doing oil cleansing) and others find that the side effects are just not worth it.

What Is Oil Cleansing?

I have a lot to share on the oil cleansing method and it will take a few posts for me to do so.

For starters, let me explain what oil cleansing is:

Oil cleansing is a natural skin care method by which natural oils are used to cleanse and balance the oils in the skin.  It’s based on the idea that oil dissolves oil.

Even though women with normal and dry skin have tried this method, it doesn’t even make sense.  If you have dry or normal skin, why disturb the already delicate balance of oil in your skin?

Common Oils Used

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People who use the oil cleansing method apply a combination of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil to the skin.  Sometimes Grapeseed or Jojoba oil is used in place of the extra virgin olive oil.

There’s a bit of detail on the oil cleansing method that I will share with you over the next few weeks including why you should NOT use this form of “skin care” on your delicately pigmented skin.

In the meantime, if you have ever used the oil cleansing method, share your experience in the comments.  I’m willing to bet that there are just as many ladies against the method as there are for.

P.S. Don’t miss future posts on what I have to say about the Oil Cleansing Method…and yes I have lots to say!