Monday, August 21, 2017

How to Achieve Long Hair the Healthy Way

How to Achieve Long Hair the Healthy Way
  
You want long hair, but you’re frustrated that it still looks the same month after month. Hair vitamins have done little or nothing to help, and now you’re ready to try another approach.

It may not seem like it, but your hair is growing. Human hair grows at an average rate of a ½ an inch per month. The question is, how do you keep the growth? In this article, you’ll find helpful tips on how to achieve the healthy, long hair you’re dying to have. 
Do You Know Your Hair’s Porosity Type?

Knowing the porosity type is one of the first steps to growing long, lustrous hair. It’s a quick way to determine how your hair absorbs moisture. Once you understand porosity, you’ll be able to match the right kind of products to your hair. A great way to identify your porosity type is by doing a test. Place a clean strand of hair in a cup of room-temperature water. Does it float or sink?

 
If the hair floats on top of the water, you have low-porosity hair. Styling products tend to sit on top of your hair, instead of being absorbed. Adding heat while you apply products will get your closed cuticles to open and absorb moisture better.  If the hair sinks to the bottom, your hair is high-porosity and absorbs moisture like a porous sponge. But this means it’s easy for moisture to exit too. Your best bet is to keep hair continuously moisturized with leave-in products. You’ll want to coat your hair with healing butters and creams to strengthen the shaft.

Moisture is Queen


When dry hair breaks, you lose length. If you want beautiful, long locks, you must moisturize your hair every day. You probably know that the curlier the hair, the dryer it becomes. This is because it's hard for the scalp’s natural oils to travel down to coat the entire coily strand. So, you’ll need to do extra treatments to retain moisture. Also, the higher your porosity level, the more frequently you’ll need to deep condition. Aim to deep condition 2-3 times per week if you have high-porosity hair, and once a week if it’s low-porosity.

Be sure to focus on the ends when you apply products to restore and strengthen them as much as possible.Do you want a simple, easy-to-remember method for keeping your hair moisturized? Use the L.O.C. Method. It will lock in moisture and help define your curls. Here’s how it works:

L stands for liquid. Use water as the first step in your hydration method. If it is not wash day, have a spray bottle filled with water on hand to provide moisture. If you want to use a detangler at this point, you can.

O is for oil. The best oils moisturize, heal and protect. If you’re new to oils, start out with an easy-to-find product like coconut oil. You can add growth oils like rosemary, peppermint, and Black Jamaican Castor Oil to speed the growth process.

C stands for Cream. The cream works to smooth the cuticle and seal in the oil to the hair shaft. Many naturals use a curling cream for this stage like Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Oyin’s Whipped Pudding, but you could even use a lighter cream like a leave-in conditioner for this step. Try Kinky Curly’s Knot Today or As I Am’s Leave-In Conditioner.
 

Wrap it Up at Night

Using a satin bonnet while you sleep will reduce shedding and will keep curls in place. An alternative to the bonnet is a satin or silk pillowcase.  If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to long, healthy curls in due time. Have patience as you experiment and remember that growing long natural hair is a journey, not a destination.  

Sources

Feature Image Urban Cusp
Hair Porosity Image Shampoo Truth


Article written by Patrina . Patrina is the founder of Naturalhairqueen.net; a blog to educate and inspire women with natural hair. Patrina just celebrated her 10-year natural hair anniversary, and achieved her goal of waist length hair. With the knowledge she has learned over the years she is dedicated to share her knowledge, and experience to educate women who wish to have moisturized, healthy natural long hair.

Social Media: Website: www.Naturalhairqueen.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/naturalhairqueensite
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NatHairQueen
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathairqueen

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Link of the day - Bobby Pin Hacks

Great article published on TGIN, on the best ways to use bobby pins for natural hair -

5 Bobby Pin Hacks to Make Your Natural Hair Regimen Easier!
By Thank God It's Natural
 
 
Bobby pins are a curly girl’s best friend. And we’re not the only ones who think so! No matter how useful and amazing bobby pins are…we all know how out-of-control they can be. They are tiny and so easy to lose that by the end of the month, it’s time to buy a new pack already! For the love of bobby pins, we’ve gathered our 5 favorite bobby pin hacks to keep the pins in control! And to get the best styling results you can get at the same time:

 
1. Magnet Strip
You may already be aware…that bobby pins are magnetic! This answers the one seemingly impossible challenge of keeping bobby pins organized. Simply glue or tack a magnet strip inside of your drawer, mirror, vanity — or anyplace you typically style your hair most often — and store all of your pins along the strip! No dropping them on the floor or having to remember where one may be…they will all hold securely in the same spot.



2. Coat with Hair Spray or Gel
The smoother your hair is, the easier it is for bobby pins to slip out throughout the day which will kill your style and deplete your bobby pin collection…Make sure those bobby pins stay in place by spraying them first with hair spray or coating them in a mixture of water and your  favorite gel.

 
3. Wavy Side down
Another trick to secure the bobby pins to your hair and to preserve your style is to use them correctly! It may be counter intuitive, but bobby pins are meant to be placed into the hair wavy side down.








4. DIY Clips
With a little bit of glue, buttons, flowers, and/or nail polish (and a little bit of time) bobby pins are a great accessory to use in making your own DIY pins. Simply glue on your favorite buttons or small flowers to add a subtle pop of color to any hair style. You can also paint plain gold, silver, and black pins with your favorite nail polish colors, let dry, and then pin throughout your hair to accent your style with color, rather than just holding it in place.




5. Exposed Pin Styles
This may be our favorite — get creative with your bobby pins! Bad hair day? Pin your hair into a messy top knot or side bun and then distract from the messiness with an interesting pin arrangement. Create stripes, shapes — whatever your inner artist desires.
Photo courtesy of youtube.com/Naptural85

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pompadour

 
The Pompadour is a classic hairstyle that can be worn for a casual, fancy or edgy look. It originated in the 1940's and is still very popular till this day. To see history behind pompadour's, click here 
 





 

 

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Natural Hair Brides

It's been a while since I have published new wedding look for women with natural hair. Thanks sites like pinterest, there some many inspirational photos. Here are a few -

 

 
 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mildred Bean's beautiful grey hair



I have always admired photos of Mildred Bean's hair. She is a wonderful example of how silver or grey hair can be gorgeous.

I have started noticing my own silver hair popping up over the last year or two. At first, I would freak out and cut them out as soon as I could. Cursing the intruders. But over time, I have started to accepted that at age 42, things are not always going to be the same. 

So I have stared to slowly accepted and even celebrate my silver hairs.  Occasionally the idea of coloring pops up in my hair. But I still stay strong...  as of now. lol

Here are a few quotes from Mildren, that where published on an old Hair Looms Blog interview.

Here's what Mildred recommends [for maintaining healthy grey hair]:
 
  • Keep your hair cleansed.
  • Use products that are either clear or white.
  • Avoid products with artificial and/or deep natural color.
  • Avoid flat irons and curling irons. If you're not careful they can discolor hair by burning or "baking" products into the hair.
"Embracing your natural hair color, be it gray, silver or white isn't always an easy decision.  It takes a
little courage for some because nobody wants to feel unattractive and/or look "old."  I would suggest they wait until they have a little more confidence in their appearance.  If you have concerns about your outer appearance, I would recommend concentrating on your overall health.  Adopt healthy eating habits, exercise routines, and skin care regimens. Then work on a wardrobe update.  I strongly believe these can help make you confident about your personal appearance.  Once those are in place, I think transitioning into your natural hair color will be a lot easier."

You can read more about Mildred on The Pink. To see more, check her out on her social media pages -
 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Great protective style!


Love this cut and Faux-locs protective hairstyle. Image found here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Law'd Have Mercy... Mcdonald Jean-Louis

Thank you Essence for posting some yummy... whoops, I mean handsome photos of Haitian Model Mcdonald Jean-Louis! Quotes from Mcdonald -
  • "I absolutely love what I do," the athlete, author, model and student shares. "Being an inspiration to others is what inspires me. I love the feeling of having someone say, 'hey, you inspire me to be the best me!"
  • "I'm sapiosexual so a woman's mind is what's most sexiest to me," the 23-year-old admits.
  • "A beautiful mind will turn me on quicker than a beautiful body would!"
  • "I'm the perfect catch because I am a mature and focused man! Not only this but I'm also an old school gentleman. Plus I'm handsome, fit and I know how to be the leader a lady needs!" Hey, we won't argue with that!
  • "I'm a gym rat so I'm in the gym everyday," the Virgo shares. "I don't do anything special in the gym but what has worked for me is doing each exercise as intense as I can with minimum rest in between sets! I love the burn!"
  • "My hobbies are reading self help books and playing basketball," says Jean-Louis. "My favorite past time is being back on the islands of the Bahamas with my friends. Growing up there was so much fun, we'd build club houses in the bushes and stay there all day. We had everything in our clubhouses: light, stove, carpet and food' it was an actual house!"
  •  "The most embarrassing thing I've ever done for love has to be the one time I got caught stealing quarters out of my grandmother's room because I wanted to buy an ice-cream sandwich for my girlfriend." Aww, so sweet! Coolest thing I've ever done is Parasailing! Being so high in the air was pretty frightening and cool," the athlete told ESSENCE. "But the thrill I experienced definitely made it a once in a lifetime experience." The bravest thing ever I've done is leaving home at 15 years old and moving to another island to live with a complete stranger in hopes I would be in a better position to accomplish my dreams."
  • "The perfect date for me is an evening on the beach under the stars and moonlight," says Jean-Louis.
  • "I love the cool breeze and the sound of the waves going back forth as I express myself."
  • "I think a woman's sexiest qualities are: attitude, confidence and sense of humor! A woman with a great attitude, high confidence and good sense of humor is unstoppable in my eyesight."
  • "An intellectual woman turns me on! A woman that could stimulate me mentally."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Artificial Sweeteners - Yahoo News

There is a great article on Yahoo News today on Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain and Other Health Issues.  For me, weight loss has been a constant struggle.  I also have diabetes and high blood pressure, which are two illnesses that are no joke. Both can claim my life if not controlled. One thing I am constantly struggling with is sugar consumption. Sugar is not good for me, but I love it. I have turned to artificial sweeteners in the past. But now I am learning that they too, are not that good for you.

If you have weight-loss goals in mind but are craving sugar, you may be inclined to pick up a Diet Coke or a low-sugar dessert. But a new study confirms that opting for faux sweets does not do you any favors when it comes to staying slim or maintaining your health.
Researchers at the University of Manitoba’s George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation reviewed 37 studies, conducted for a decade or more, of over 400,000 people. All of the studies selected found that artificial or nonnutritive (zero calorie) sweeteners had negative impacts on the metabolism, gut bacteria, and appetite of the subjects. Furthermore, long-term consumption was linked to increased risk of weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other health issues. It’s safe to assume that those are the opposite of what people are looking for when they pick up a sugar-free substitute.
“I think most people consuming artificial sweeteners assume these products will help them avoid weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease — and yet we are seeing the opposite association from multiple studies,” study author Meghan B. Azad tells Yahoo Beauty. “Not many studies have looked at the long-term effect of consuming artificial sweeteners. This is also surprising, given the large proportion of people consuming these products on a regular basis.”
Indeed, with 25 percent of children and 40 percent of adults in the U.S. consuming artificial sweeteners on a regular basis, plenty of unanswered questions still surround these substances. “This should inspire consumers to stop and think about whether they want to be consuming artificial sweeteners, especially on a regular basis, because we do not know if they are a truly harmless alternative to sugar,” says Azad. “People are generally consuming nonnutritive sweeteners believing they are a ‘healthy choice,’ but this may not be true.”   The researchers theorize that a contributing factor to the increased risk of weight gain may

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Natural Girls United supports Planned Parenthood 2017 Benefit




Natural Girls United  is happy to have been a sponsor and supporter of the 2017 Planned Parenthood's 13th annual Summer, Sex and Spirits Benefit. The event was also shared on Bust. My three dolls, along with donations from other companies, where sold during a silent auction to support  Planned Parenthood.

"Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) hosted its thirteenth annual benefit Summer, Sex & Spirits on Tuesday, June 27 at the Broad Street Ballroom! The event featured a VIP reception, silent auction, music and live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and an open bar. Summer, Sex & Spirits was produced entirely by PPNYC’s Activist Council Fundraising Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers. PPNYC provides health care and services to over 64,000 New Yorkers per year, and the benefit will help to provide resource to everyone and protect access to reproductive health and rights. The continued threats to PPNYC’s work and communities are real, and every act of resistance helps ensure that all people, no matter what, can access the health care they need." 

To learn more about Planned Parenthood, go to Planned Parenthood.

To learn more about Natural Girl United, go to Natural Girls United.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Black Sheep by Camryn Mina

Important film by 14 year old Camryn Mina Camryn Mina.


 

Monday, June 19, 2017

N.G.U. partnering with Miss Black USA

 
I am so happy to be working with the Miss Black USA organization. I will be donating 3 dolls - one of the dolls will go to the winner of Miss Black USA. The second doll will go to the winner of Miss Black Teen USA. And the third doll will be sold, and funds will be donated to their scholarship fund. To learn more, go to - https://www.missblackusa.org. To see my full article, go to https://goo.gl/a6jBDr.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Love your style!


Love this haircut! Great look and style from Yvoire de Rosen, at the The Most Marvelous Manes From The 2017 Natural Hair Academy Conference. To see more, click this link.