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4 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair Isn’t Soft

via Clutch Magazine

When making the transition to natural, you may have notice that your hair feels like steel wool or your hair feels a bit rough. The ultimate goal for natural hair is to have soft, pliable strands that make it easier to style and handle on a daily basis.

If your natural hair isn’t soft as you would like it to be, here are a few reasons why your curls may feel hard:

You’re Not Moisturizing Correctly

Since coarse hair tends to be dry, it’s important to make sure your hair is moisturized. The best way to add moisture to your hair is using a spray bottle to spritz water into your curls.

Do not make the mistake of sealing products with moisturizing products. Moisturizing product is simply water or a product with water as the base ingredient. Sealing product is oil such as coconut oil. Putting a sealing product on an un-moisturized strand equals more dryness. You never want the strands to be dry on the inside and coated with a product on the outside.

Remember to always seal your ends.

Products Are Just Building Up

Some of us only use two products to keep our hair healthy. Some of us use a grocery list of products to maintain our curls. No matter how much products you use, you want to avoid having product buildup.

It is very easy to pile product on and on. When you go overboard, you can create a dirty, itchy scalp that is greasy, waxy, and heavy.

To remove product buildup, you can use clarifying rinses with apple cider vinegar, organic hair wash, or mud washes.

A Product Becomes Harmful, Not Helpful

Take a closer look at all the products you use. You want to be cautious of shampoos containing sulfate and products containing baking soda.

If you wash your hair and it feels extremely clean, it may be a sign that you have stripped your cuticles of natural oils. This can lead to breakage as well as more dryness. If your products are too harsh, do not use them. To restore your hair’s moisture, you should thoroughly condition your curls after washing it.

Your Hair Is Saying No to Moisture

When your hair can’t retain moisture, you may need a protein treatment or stay away from products that are too high in alkalinity like sulfate shampoos and baking soda. You can use porosity controller products as well.


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Adventures In Henna

henna, henna..o ii how ii love thee. a few days before christmas ii decided iit was time to henna this head,ii used CurlyNikki’s henna gloss recipe.  henna is a very good conditioning treatment that also helps strengthen the hair strands, not to mention iit gives your hair a reddish tint that ii have grown very fond of. here’s a few pics from my process.. 

before pic: ii just took my hair out of a updo protective style and my hair was uber dry

once ii made my henna mix- (using 2  boxes of jamila henna, aussie moist conditioner and apple cider vinegar) ii sectioned my hair into four sections,  as if ii was applying a relaxer. and used hair clips to hold the hair in place. ii then applied the mixture to each section, making sure the henna is applied to each strand.

*tip* use old clothes when applying henna, because it can be very messy. make sure you cover the area your using up with towels or news paper, trust me.

after the henna was good and heavy on my head it was time to throw a shower cap on for four hours and let the henna do it’s thing. ii usually let the henna stay in overnight, but ii didn’t have that type of time so four hours would just have to do this time around..

once ii rinsed the henna out it was time to deep condition. the pic above is after ii DC’d and detangled my hair. see the red tint?!

styling after ii was done with the henna process was a braid out. which ii released on christmas. pics below…

the earrings featured in this post can be found at my etsy shop #shopTemouraChanel.

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Jordynn Rocks a Twist Out.

yesterday Jor rocked a twist out to school. mini twist have became her signature style. her hair is growing like a weed and ii don’t see us changing up her hair routine any time soon.

the products ii use in her hair are as follows..

  • apple cider vinegar for cleansing
  • aussie moist conditioner
  • cantu leave in conditioner
  • melted shea butter

ii moisturize and seal her hair daily with water and coconut or olive oil.

so after wearing this set of mini twist for about a month, ii took the twist out. and let her hair just be free. she loved the freedom of her hair (she kept swinging it everywhere lol) here’s a few pics…

here’s a pic of her mini twist stretched. wowzers! she’s my new hair crush ❤

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Homemade Pumpkin Hair Mask

Every fall, you go crazy collecting beautiful pumpkins and stocking up on canned pumpkin while it’s available in stores. Halfway through the fall season, though, you realize that you’ve run out of ideas of things to do with that fresh pumpkin you scooped out and saved. You’re also still staring at the same cans of pumpkin you bought early on in the season. Before you go baking up that pumpkin and eating pumpkin flavored leftovers all month, how about making a moisturizing homemade hair mask?

Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A, C and potassium. Vitamin A is an antioxidant and is excellent for the scalp. Vitamin C helps for overall hair health and growth. In addition, potassium can promote re-growth of hair.

“Pumpkin hair masks are good for all hair types,” says Mo from Modern Rosies and creator of Madd Science Cosmetics. ”But they are especially helpful for dry or damaged hair.” Mo also suggests adding about 1/8C apple cider vinegar if you’re concerned about over-moisturizing your hair.

Fresh Pumpkin Hair Mask

  1. Cut a medium-sized pumpkin in halfand scoop out the seeds. Chop the pumpkin into smaller chunks and place the chunks in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Spray the pumpkin chunkswith cooking oil, cover, and heat on high for approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Measure out one cup of your freshly cooked pumpkin and set aside in a medium bowl.
  4. Fold one cup plain yogurt into the pumpkin, then stir in 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix in up to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  5. Apply mixture to your hair,cover with a shower cap, and let the mixture sit on your hair for 15 minutes.
  6. Rinse the pumpkin mask out of your hair and style as usual.

Canned Pumpkin Hair Mask

  1. Measure one cupof canned pumpkin, then set aside in a medium bowl.
  2. Fold one up plain yogurt into the pumpkin, then stir in 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix in up to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  3. Apply mixture to your hair,cover with a shower cap, and let the mixture sit on your hair for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse the pumpkin mask out of your hair and style as usual.

Hard & Fast Tips

  • A few drops of peppermint oil will create a sensational fragrance for your hair as well as a soothing feel on your scalp.
  • If you have any allergies to pumpkin or other squash foods, do a test run on a small section of your hair before applying the homemade hair mask to your entire head.
  • Vegans may substitute agave nectar for the honey, but there’s no good substitute for plain yogurt that we know of.
  • There is little to no significant difference between using raw pumpkin and canned pumpkin on this homemade hair mask.

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Knowledge From A Natural.

Product Junkie…Who Me?…No Way!!! (lol) No really, I wouldnt consider myself a product junkie– any product that I use has a specific function and usually is not used on a daily basis. Anywho, here’s a list of my current products…please note that these products are ones that work for me personally and may not be a good fit for everyone. Finding the right products for you is all about trial and error. Many of these products are ones that I have used since day 1–if it aint broke than dont try to fix it, ya know?

Shampoo: Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo (contains sulfate)

Conditioner: Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner

Deep Conditioner: JessiCurl Weekly Deep Treatment

Leave In Conditioner: Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Repair Cream

Moisturizer: Extra Virgin Olive Oil Coconut Oil Unrefined Shea Butter Oyin Handmade Frank Juice SheaMoisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine

Stylers: SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll IC Fantasia Aloe Enriched Heat Protector Eco Styling Gel w/Olive Oil

Tools: Shower Comb, Tangle Teezer,  Hair Clamps,  Goodys Stay Put Hold bobby pins,  Shower Cap,  Satin Bonnet,  Rat Tail Comb (for parting),  Goody’s Ouchless Bands,  Hand Held Blow Dryer with comb attachment,  Curlformers (usually used for special occasions)

**these are products that I alternate between, they are not use collectively.** stay tuned for a post to follow shortly regarding my current regimen…

Hugs and Hearts,


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