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How to Use Olive Oil for Hair Care

How to Use Olive Oil for Hair Care

There seems to be no end to the kitchen products they say can be good for your hair: Apple cider vinegar rinses for shine; honey, mayonnaise, and avocado for conditioning; beer for… well, maybe it’s best to save the beer for drinking.

People have used olive oil for haircare for thousands of years. Advocates claim that it adds shine, body, softness, and resilience. This is because its primary chemical elements are oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene. These are all emollients, which means they have softening qualities. In fact, many shampoos, conditioners, and pomades contain lab-made versions of emollients.
There is very little scientific evidence to support olive oil’s popularity in haircare. However, some research on the effect of oils — coconut oil, in particular — show that they can have a major moisturizing effect. Olive oil could add softness and strengthen hair by penetrating the hair shaft and retaining moisture. Shine attributed to olive oil may be due to the oil smoothing the outer cuticle of the hair.

Emollients are lubricants that have softening, moisturizing qualities.
Olive oil contains the emollients oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene.
You can find lab-made versions of these in conditioners, shampoos, and pomades.

How to Use Olive Oil as a Conditioner
1. Measure
If you’ve never experimented with olive oil as a hair product before, use just a tablespoon or two for your first treatment.

First-Timer Tips
Heat the olive oil until it’s just warm to make it easier to apply.
Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb before you shampoo the oil out. This will make combing and styling afterwards easier.
How much olive oil you should use depends on how deeply you want to moisturize and where. The ends won’t require more than a tablespoon. If you’re treating your entire head, you’ll need at least a quarter cup.
2. Massage
Massage the oil deeply into your hair for a few minutes. You can also massage it on to your scalp if you have dry scalp. For the most effective conditioning, wrap your hair in a shower cap and let the oil soak in for 15 minutes or more.

3. Rinse
Shampoo rigorously and dry your hair to see results. You might need to shampoo twice, depending on how much you’ve applied.

There’s nothing harmful about conditioning with olive oil. Unless your hair is dry enough to require a moisturizing treatment every day, use it once a week or less often for the best results.

Who Should Use Olive Oil?
Thick Hair
Olive oil is most beneficial for dry, thick hair. Advocates say it can keep hair moist and strong. Olive oil tends to weigh down thinner hair. Oily hair and scalps simply don’t need the conditioning.

Processed Hair
Heavily processed hair — like hair that’s been treated with relaxers, perms, or bleach — especially benefit from extra moisture. Always wait at least 72 hours after the initial treatment before you apply olive oil. If you’re using olive oil on bleached hair, test a strand to make sure the oil doesn’t leave a trace of its green shade behind.

The Coconut Route
Research shows that using coconut oil for either pre-wash or post-wash grooming can prevent hair damage.
Learn more about how coconut oil can prevent hair loss here!
Split Ends
Olive oil can help smooth the broken or burned ends of your hair. Apply to the last two inches of the strands that are damaged. Even though you’re just treating the ends, keep your hair pinned up so the olive oil doesn’t get on your clothes. To condition your hair all over, start at the scalp and massage the oil through to the ends.

Beyond Conditioning
Olive oil can assist in removing head lice, but it isn’t any more effective than other oil or conditioning treatments. It’s critical to use the proper comb and making sure you get out all the live lice and their nits.
If you’re trying to treat dandruff, bear in mind it has many causes, including fungus. As far as we know, there’s no cure for dandruff, though using olive oil will reduce your flakes. Massage olive oil into your dry scalp and comb out dandruff flakes. Leave olive oil in your hair and cover with a shower cap for extra conditioning.

From Healthline

Should Conditioner Be Used On Roots?

Should Conditioner Be Used On Roots?

In the world of hair care, there seem to be contradicting statements regarding just about every aspect of your strands. One of the more debated elements of hair care is the matter of should conditioner be used on roots or avoided at all costs. Some say using conditioner on roots will lead to weighed down, flat hair that is extra oily. Others say not using conditioner on your roots will leave your strands dry, brittle, and thirsty for moisture. So, which one is right?

Should Conditioner Be Used on Roots?
The reason there are so many contradicting answers on this subject is because there is no right or wrong answer! Whether or not you should condition your roots depends on your hair and preferences. For example, if you have a naturally oily scalp, conditioning there might not be the best move for you personally since it will add to oiliness. However, if you have a harder time producing natural oils at the root level, using a conditioner at the roots can help get rid of some of the dryness and may even help with oil production by ensuring the scalp is moisturized and healthy. The bottom line is to do what feels best for your hair. You can also experiment until you find the right solution. Maybe your hair looks better when you skip the roots. Maybe your scalp feels less dry when you condition your roots. Maybe conditioning your roots works best for you when you do it only once a week. Again, this is one of those hair debates that depends more on the individual and preference than any set of hard, fast rules in the world of hair care.

Why Shouldn’t You Condition Your Roots?
There are several reasons to skip conditioning your roots. While these reasons all make solid sense, you should also pay attention to your hair to find the right option for your strands. Here are a few reasons not to condition your roots.

1.) As previously mentioned, if your scalp is naturally oilier, you may want to focus more on the ends than the roots. This will only lead to flat hair weighed down by an overabundance of oils.

2.) If you have thin or fine hair, you may want to skip the roots. Your hair is naturally more fragile and root conditioning may lead to hygral fatigue or other damage.

3.) The roots are the youngest hairs on your head. It makes sense to focus more on the ends of your hair instead of the roots. The ends are older and need more moisture than the roots for this reason alone. The ends also need more moisture than the roots because the oils produced at the scalp have a harder time traveling down to the ends.

Another Method?
There is a newer method taking over the beauty world where you condition first, also called the Reverse Shampoo method. You would condition root to tip before washing. Then wash your hair with your regular shampoo. Unlike co-washing where you only use conditioner, this method allows you to get the benefits of shampoo without sacrificing on conditioning and because you are going to wash after, your roots can get some conditioning, too! According to hair care expert, Nina Dimachki, artistic director for Kérastase, in an article for Refinery29, “You will be cleansing it after, so your hair won’t be weighed down or oily.” If you want to keep conditioning your roots without worry, this reverse method might be best for you!

Remember, your hair isn’t like everyone else’s hair. Find the method and timeline of care that works best for your strands!

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Top Protein Conditioners for Your Natural Hair

Top Protein Conditioners for Your Natural Hair
Our hair needs a balance of moisture and protein. And achieving and maintaining the perfect balance can be quite challenging. The best thing you can do is listen to your hair– if your hair is limp, mushy and overly moist it needs protein, and if it’s dry, hard, and easily broken, then it most likely needs moisture.

Protein should not be used on a daily or even on a weekly basis. If you are not exposing your hair to heat styling tools, color or chemicals then most likely a monthly or even less than monthly protein treatment is enough. It depends on your routine and as I rarely do any of those things I usually use a protein treatment or a protein conditioner every 2 to 3 months.

So which ones to try? It is a preference so if you are in need of one then check out this list of hugely popular protein conditioners that get the job done. What is ever better is that all are very gentle to your strands even if you choose to use them monthly or bi-weekly.
Alikay Naturals Honey And Sage Deep Conditioner
Alikay Natural’s deep conditioner was specifically created for damaged hair to repair and get strands back on the healthy track. This humectant based deep conditioner gives maximum moisture and strength with honey and natural proteins.

Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Protein Conditioner
AO’s balancing protein conditioner is my favorite protein conditioner and I have been using it for years. It smells amazing, gives me all the protein I need and is a reasonable price. Nutrient-rich, protein-based GPB re-hydrates and re-energizes your hair, strengthens hair fiber and repairs damage from salon treatments to restore softness, manageability and shine.

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Volumizing Conditioner
This popular volumizing conditioner is specifically for fine, limp hair. A dual-action shampoo with a plumping formula leaves strands feeling thicker with every use!

Carol’s Daughter Cupuacu Anti-Frizz Smoothing Conditioner
Stop frizz with this smoothing formula from Carol’s Daughter smoothing conditioner that utilizes the power of cupuaçu and vegetable protein.

Nubian Heritage EVOO & Moringa Repair & Extend Conditioner
Nubian Heritage’s EVOO and Moringa Repair conditioner works perfectly for dry, damaged, and chemically-treated hair. A great all-natural, daily conditioner contains nourishing natural oils and extracts.

Ouidad Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner
A perfect conditioner for the most humid of climates, Ouidad’s defrizzing conditioner defies even the highest humidity, simultaneously detangling and defrizzing curls while promoting softness and shine. Strengthen with proteins and stay frizz-free.

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
This amazing hemp conditioner has an incredibly rich array of Fatty Acids to ensure well-nourished tresses with only a touch of Silk Protein and a generous dollop of Aloe Vera Gel.

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
It’s no secret how much I love this line and they do not disappoint with this style milk. The Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk is perfect for thick, curly hair to detangle, condition and control curls while restoring body and shine.

SoCozy Boing Curl Conditioner
SoCozy’s Curl Conditioner softens and moisturizes even the most dry, unruly curls. This ultra-hydrating formula conditions without weighing curls down and easily detangles to prevent breakage and frizz.

Alterna Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Conditioner
Becoming quite popular with naturals, Alterna’s recovery conditioner is a restorative, paraben-free conditioner that transforms severely damaged hair, intensely nourishing and repairing each individual strand.

What’s your favorite protein conditioner or treatment, naturals?

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7 Ways to Get Super Moisturized Natural Hair Right Now!

7 Ways to Get Super Moisturized Natural Hair Right Now!

Besides hair growth, moisture is by far the number one area women struggle with in terms of their natural hair. If you are a new natural or in the process of transitioning, this may come as a shock to you but, it is OK to moisturize your hair every day. This does not mean shampooing and conditioning every day but, pure and simple moisture. Moisturized hair will lead to less breakage, greater lengthen retention, easier manageability, softer hair and so forth. The confusion comes into play when women THINK they are moisturizing their hair but, the hair is still dry and brittle. The common thing I hear is “I put tons of coconut oil in my hair so it’s moisturized.” Unfortunately, that will only lead to a head full of oily hair and clogged pores. If you constantly put coconut oil on your hair only to discover your scalp is itchy and the hair is brittle, there is no hydration in your regimen. Remember: oils do not moisturize. If you want to achieve moisturized natural hair here are 7 things you must start doing TODAY.

1. Increase Moisturizing Frequency (Morning, noon & night)
Moisturizing your hair once is the morning may not be enough. Curly hair is naturally prone to be drier than other textures because the sebum has to work 3 times as hard to get from our root to ends due to all the curves along the strand. Use a daily moisturizing lotion in the morning and gently mist your hair with water at night. If your hair also feels dry by mid-day, using a refresher spray like the Obia Natural Hair Curl Hydration Spray as well. The main take-away is moisturizing once or twice a week isn’t going to do the trick. You must moisturize daily and even multiple times a day if needed.

2. Change Your Deep Conditioning Regimen
Deep conditioning is another option where changing the frequency is possibly needed. Hair that is extremely dry and breaking should start on a weekly moisturizing deep conditioning regimen. Moisturizing deep conditioners like TGIN Honey Miracle Mask Deep Conditioner, which is void of protein, will help boost moisture levels and reduce shedding. If you want a pure moisturizing deep conditioner without protein make sure to read the label to confirm.

3. Don’t Confuse A Moisturizer With A Styler
Another common mistake several new naturals make is confusing a styling product with a moisturizer. While there are a few products that work as double duty action, products like gels, curling custards, foaming lotions and mousses should not act as your daily moisturizing product. Stylers are mainly formulated for hold and definition first. A moisturizing product should still be used in conjunction with these items as you will see in most product lines. Use products where water is the first ingredient on the label such as hair lotions and hair milks for daily moisture and stylers to define your curls.

4. Understand How Glycerin Works
Glycerin is a common ingredient found in tons of products and when used correctly, glycerin can also be amazing for your hair. But, you must understand how glycerin works first. At the core, glycerin is a type of humectant, which means it attracts moisture to itself and your hair when it is found in your products. The hydrogen bonding properties of humectants attract water from the atmosphere bringing moisture to the hair and ultimately improves moisture retention. On extremely humid days too much moisture can be attracted to your hair causing the hair to swell and frizz. However, on low humidity days (cold, dry days) where the surrounding air is more dry than your hair, the opposite occurs. Moisture is drawn from the hair back into the air to balance the moisture in the atmosphere. Did you catch all that? If not, read more About Glycerin and Natural Hair.

5. Seal Moisture for YOUR Hair Type
Another key to obtaining moisturized natural hair is ensuring you are sealing moisture for YOUR hair type. I underlined “your” for a reason. Using the L.O.C method is great but this is pointless if your leave-in conditioner, oil and cream do not work for your texture. Every curl type and texture is different. What works for one woman or blogger may not work for you. Ingredients my fine, 4a-4b hair texture enjoys are shea butter creams like the Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Parfait, thick and creamy leave in conditioners with aloe vera, and avocado oil. My hair remains moisturized up to 3 days with just leave in conditioner and shea butter…very simple and easy to manage. And because coconut oil doesn’t work for everyone also read 7 Amazing Oils for Natural Hair Besides Coconut Oil .

6. Cleanse Hair & Scalp More
Clean hair is another way to achieve more moisturized natural hair. Why? Because cleansing the hair and scalp on a regular basis will ensure product build up is removed which, in return enables your products to work better and allows moisturizing products to actually penetrate the hair and scalp. If you co-wash often product build up will happen and a clarifying shampoo is suggested for use at least monthly. Shampooing your hair every 5-7 days will remove build up, sweat and environmental elements.

7. Drink More Water
Of course this one is a no-brainer but as you’ve probably heard before, healthy hair starts from the inside. If your body is de-hydrated your skin and hair will follow. How ever you choose to take care of your skin, think of some of the same characteristics for your scalp. The common rule of thumb for daily water intake is half your body weight. For example, I am 160 lbs, therefore; I would drink 80 oz, or about 5 bottles of water per day.

What ways do you keep your hair moisturized? Comment and let me know!

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Here’s How To Stop Hair Shrinkage

Here’s How To Stop Split Ends

Here's How To Stop Split Ends

You want your hair to be healthy and beautiful all the time. So, when spilt ends happen, it can be a real pain. Split ends make your hair look unhealthy and downright uncared for in a way no curly girl ever wants for their tresses. Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to stop split ends.
1. Regular Trims
The best tip on how to stop split ends is to simply trim away the dead hair at the bottom of your strands at the first sign of splitting. In addition to trimming because you find split ends, it is also a good idea to get regular trims every 8 weeks to maintain healthy curls.

2. Moisturize End to Root
Split ends are caused by the hair shaft splitting into two instead of staying intact. Part of this is because of a lack of moisture to keep the bonds together. If you moisturize from root to tip, you might be neglecting the older and possibly dryer hair at the ends where split ends happen. Moisturize from end to root to make sure the driest and most vulnerable part of the hair shaft is given a chance for success.

3. Trim Hair Dry, Not Wet
This might go against what usually happens in the salon, but wet cutting doesn’t let you see the split ends as well. If you dry cut instead, you can see the splits of the ends better so you only trim the unhealthy hair. This also helps you keep your length while helping your locks stay healthy and split-end free! Be sure to look for a salon that specializes in dry cutting curly hair. Check out NaturallyCurly’s lists of salons.

4. Don’t Neglect Protein
One of the best tips for how to stop split ends is to keep the hair healthy so it doesn’t split in the first place. With a protein treatment, you can fortify strands by ensuring the protein and keratin bonds in the hair shaft do not separate in the first place. A good rule of thumb is to take a 50/50 approach and equally balance your protein treatments and moisturizing treatments. Lucky for you, NaturallyCurly created an easy guide to understanding protein treatments.

5. Stop Using Alcohol and Sulfates
These chemicals are not only harsh and drying to your scalp, they can rob your ends of the moisture they need to fend off split ends. Make sure you check all of the ingredients on your hair care products to get rid of any harmful alcohol based or sulfate loaded products that might be doing your hair more damage than good.

Split ends are a nuisance and need to go as soon as they show up. With these tips, keep your curls happy and healthy all the time!

From Curlynikki

Here’s How To Stop Hair Shrinkage

Here's How To Stop Hair Shrinkage
For curlies, hair shrinkage is a fact of life. It happens to most of us at some point and there are a few ways to deal with it. While you can just embrace it as a part of your natural hair journey and roll with it as it comes, there are a few tried and true methods that can put an end to shrinkage. Here are a few must-know tips on how to stop hair shrinkage.

1. Blow Dry Roots

When you blow dry your hair at the roots, you are opening up the cuticle and letting the heat expand the cuticle. This will help with shrinkage by lifting up the roots, but make sure you don’t do it on high heat! Stick to medium heat to get anti-shrinkage powers without taking on frizz or damage to your hair.

2. Banding

Banding is a great way to combat shrinkage. This method requires you to section off hair in hair ties to extend the length. While this method is effective, you want to avoid damage to your strands at all costs so only use this method occasionally. You also want to use hair ties that won’t tug or pull. Never use rubber bands for this! Here is a helpful video about banding.
3. High Bun

Pulling your curls up into a high bun while still slightly damp serves a few great purposes for a curly girl. It stretches hair to avoid shrinkage while giving you an easy way to air dry with little effort. Buns are also super easy and look cute on any texture! You want to make sure the bun is pulled tight enough to really give hair a good stretch.

4. Rollers

With rollers, you can get a heat-free way to dry and stretch your strands at the same time. Make sure whatever brand you use, it is gentle enough not to cause strands damage, but will still give you a good stretch. One of my personal favorites is Curlformers because they are easy to use, gentle on curls, and give a good stretch. They even have different sizes for different hair lengths!

5. Stretch Styles

One of the best tips on how to stop hair shrinkage is to choose styles that will give you a little extra stretch as part of the look. With stretch styles, you get a beautiful style you can wear to protect your hair from damage and you get a way to stop the shrink. Talk about a win-win situation! Here are a few stretch styles.

Shrinkage is a part of life, but you can choose to let it get in the way of your hair journey or fight back. Make the most of your length with these tips to stop hair shrinkage!

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3 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Worry Less

3 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Worry Less
It’s okay. We all worry a little too much sometimes. You’re not alone. You may worry about not having enough time to do everything in one day. Or you may worry that tomorrow won’t bring any less stress than today.
When you’re tired from a long day at work, it can be difficult to deal with your worries head on. All you want to do is sleep and forget about the day.

But you must find a way to confront the stress in your life and minimize its control over your happiness and well-being.

So what do you do when you feel hopeless? When you can’t seem to find the time to relax?

Do you give up?

OF COURSE NOT! Instead, you improvise.

Here are three tips for how to deal with your mind-bogging worries head-on, in as little as 5 minutes:

1. Note It and Throw It!

Take a piece of paper, preferably a small sticky note if you have one. On that paper, quickly write down one of your stressful thoughts. Now that you’ve written it down – stare at it. After a couple seconds, crumble this paper up and throw it away. If you’re at home, throw it away in your trash bins outside. If you’re in the office, throw it in the farthest trash can away from your desk. Repeat this step until you have no more thoughts left to write down.

By writing down your thoughts, you actualize them. You bring them to the forefront of your view. This is you meeting them head-on. Once you throw the piece of paper away, you are throwing your bad thoughts out and make room for happy thoughts. Healthy thoughts, like, “I can do all that I put my mind to.”

2. Balance It Out.

Balance exercises are a great way to shift your focus away from your mind and onto your body. There are so many varieties of balances exercises, you’re bound to find one that works for you! Let’s try a simple balance pose called, Bird Dog. This pose can work your abdominals and also strengthen your back. Here are the steps:

Get down on all fours (both hands and knees).
Ensure your spine is in a neutral position by leveling your neck and looking down at the floor.
At your own pace, bring your left arm up and out from the floor – straight in front of you. Then take your right leg out slowly at the same time as straight as you can. Make sure your leg does not go higher than your buttock or back.
Hold this pose for 3 seconds and then slowly bring your arm and leg back to starting position.
Repeat on the other side, alternating sides until you feel relaxed or break a sweat.

You may find this position a bit difficult at first. You may even fall over. But that’s the point! Pushing yourself to find balance in the midst of chaos. Creating your peace of mind. You are building mental strength as you must focus to maintain balance.

3. Motivation is Key.

Sometimes when you’re worried, you can feel alone. But you’re not alone! There’s always someone out there – even if they don’t know you – who is wishing you happiness and success.

If you’re familiar with Eric Thomas, then you know his famous saying, “I can. I will. I must”. Thomas went from being homeless to a well-known motivational speaker with over 580,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, etthehiphoppreacher. Many people look up to and towards Thomas for support. He attributes his success to believing he can do anything he puts his mind to.

Check out a popular video of his titled, OVERCOMING ANY OBSTACLE – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST (TGIM S7 E12). I guarantee you Thomas will make you and push you to think twice about giving up:

In general, listening to motivational videos or even reading self-help books can make a big difference in the way you perceive your problems. And further, what you do about them.

Although a strong sense of worry can feel overwhelming, it is important to understand that stress is apart of life. It’s even more important to have a plan for how you tackle your worries BEFORE you begin to feel hopeless.

When you tell your co-worker about your problems, they’ll be there to listen, but they won’t be able to solve them for you. So now, when you get home from a long day of work, will you just sleep your problems away? Or will you be more proactive about the way you deal with them?

If you chose the latter, then start with one of the tips above and continue to develop a plan for not succumbing to your worries, but overcoming them.

Yes, your problems are real.

And yes, you deserve a break.

However, it’s mind over matter baby. And you’re stronger than you give yourself credit for.

What are you doing on a daily basis to practice worrying less?


Ariel is a 23-year old SoCal native, working professional, and Alumna of the University of California, Berkeley. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and through her studies, acquired a passion for gaining knowledge that would improve the quality of her life and further allow her to interact with and touch people in a positive way.

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