Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Hair scarves are silk or satin in texture and are usually in a big square so that they can easily be used to tie hair back and protect it while sleeping.

Hair scarves are the best way to protect your hair at night. Whether you roll, wrap, or pin up, you can't go wrong when you use a scarf.Some people are not so fond of securing their hair at night. Let me tell you why you should consider making using a hair scarf a party of your regular routine.
Who Should Use Them?
If you ask me who should use a hair scarf, I'd say everyone! However, I know some of you may not feel comfortable sleeping with scarves due to comfort or your husband. In that case, you can try satin bonnets or a satin pillowcase.
I would like to invite you to give hair scarves some strong consideration though. They can protect your hair better than anything else. If you are a wild sleeper, you should definitely use a hair scarf - along with a satin pillowcase in case it should come off for extra protection.
Why You Should Use a Scarf
The main benefit of using a scarf is to protect your hair from getting tangled, drying out, and getting snagged throughout the course of sleeping. Scarves also help to hold moisture in your hair.
A hair scarf protects your hair from getting as tangled as it would get if you were to go to sleep tossing and turning especially if you have mid-length to long hair. Tangling can also occur with shorter hair.
Dryness can occur due to your hair rubbing around on all of the fabric in your bed as well as rubbing against itself constantly.
It is also possible for your hair to get snagged or pulled from your pillow or your arm throughout the course of sleeping.
To be on the safe side, just use a scarf!
You Should Always Have One…or Two!
At the very least, you should use a scarf to protect your hair every single night. You can also use a scarf to protect your hair at other times:
Wear a scarf to protect your hair under a wool hat in the winter time.
Wear a scarf when you're taking a nap on the couch.
Wear a scarf when you're travelling and sleeping in the car.
Wear a scarf when you're hanging out at home to hold in extra moisture.
How to Use a Hair Scarf
Scarves are pretty simple to use.

1. Simply take the scarf, and fold it into a triangle.
2. Place the wide part of the triangle on your forehead.
3. Tie to two ends together in the back of your head.
You can tie the scarf at a tightness that suits you. Beware that if you tie your scarf too tightly, it can and will cause a headache or neck pain! Don't suffer for the sake of your hair style. Loosen it up a bit till you get to a tolerable level. You can also look for hair tie scarves - or scarves that are already shaped in a triangle so that they are easy to put on and tie in the back.
Where You Can Buy Scarves
You can buy scarves at various online merchants but I typically buy my scarves at Sally Beauty Supply. also has a really good supply of satin hair scarves. You can also buy a regular designer scarf from a department store
Sometimes they are much too large to use and you may have to cut them into the shape and size you need but they can add a nice fashionable touch.
Since being natural I now tie my hair up at night using a silk scarf and boy what a difference.
It definitely helps in protecting our AuNaturale's against dryness, that can occur while sleeping.
So, if you AuNaturale's do not own either a silk or satin scarf , I truly suggest that you consider quickly adding this must have to your " need to get list" ( smile). Enjoy!!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009



Naturally- adj 1 : by nature : by natural character or ability 2 : as might be expected
3 : without artificial aid.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Why Everyone Should Use Organic Shampoo & Conditioner

Organic shampoo and conditioner can help to revive your hair and scalp from years of harsh treatment caused by the use of traditional store bought products. Of course, these traditional products are the easiest ones to buy, and they are cheaper, but when it comes to what is good for you and your health, do you really want to settle for the cheapest, most convenient thing? Of course not!

Dangers of Using Traditional Shampoos & Conditioners

Having these types of harmful chemicals in our bodies can lead to the development of cancer and other serious illnesses. With this reality staring us right in the face, it only makes sense that we seek out healthier, all natural alternatives to the drugstore brands we usually purchase. Organic shampoo and conditioner products can easily be found, and often times, they are only marginally more expensive than the traditional brands.

What to Avoid in Shampoos

When shopping for organic shampoo and conditioner products, you should be careful to read the labels of products before buying them. Even though some products claim to be all natural or organic, not all of them strictly adhere to this promise. Typically, if you read more than nine or ten ingredients on a product label, the product most likely contains at least some synthetic materials.If you are curious as to which ingredients you should try to avoid when selecting organic shampoos and conditioners, the following list contains ingredients that dry out your scalp, irritate oil glands, and/or corrode hair follicles:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol
Mureth Sulfate
Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
Olefin Sulfonate (Deodorized Kerosene

Doctor's Note: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is known to cause cataracts in adults and improper eye development in children.² Despite this knowledge, this ingredient is commonly used in most store-bought shampoos and conditioners.

Benefits of Organic Shampoo & Conditioner Products

In many types of organic shampoo and conditioner, you will find ingredients such as certified organic tea tree. This particular ingredient has been used for a long time to treat a variety of skin conditions, including bites, dandruff, burns, and blisters.³ Certified organic tea tree has antiseptic elements that can aid in controlling naturally occurring microbial levels that can result in different forms of scalp irritation.
Another popular ingredient in many organic shampoo and conditioner products is beta glucan. Beta glucan has immune-enhancing properties both internally and topically. It helps to soothe inflamed cells of the scalp, which is particularly beneficial for people who suffer from skin conditions.

True organic shampoo and conditioner products offer a wealth of benefits for your hair and scalp that will be immediately noticeable. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. If you are looking for shampoos that stimulate healthy hair growth, look for products that are made with aloe vera and coconut oil, as they naturally moisturize your scalp. If you need enhanced shine and moisture for your hair, organic shea butter is an important ingredient to look for in your organic shampoo.
When you use organic shampoos and conditioners, you're also helping your environment by letting bio-degradable substances go down the drain and not harsh chemicals.


Hey ladies, I've been tagged by the beautiful "Inspired Muslimah" at, (Thanks sis). This is my very first time being tagged. Below I've listed 10 things about "AuNaturale". After listing ten things about myself I will then tag 10 more beautiful ladies ( listed below). Ladies, After listing 10 things about yourself all to be true. Link back to the person who tagged you and then chose 10 people of your liking to be tagged. Don't' forget to inform them that they have been tagged. Enjoy!!!

So..... Ten things about me:

1. I've been Muslimah for 7 years, Al hamdulliah ( praise be to Allah).

2. Insha Allah, ( god willing) I pray to some day really soon begin to wear Niqab( face covering).

3. I am 1 month and 14 days as a newly AuNaturale.

4. Insha Allah, ( god willing) I pray to earn a degree in child psychology or something of that nature.

5. I am sooo afraid of heights ( LOL).

6. I am a clean and neat freak, I mean totally over the top ( LOL). With every thing myself , my children, and my home.

7. I looove smell goods, meaning I love for my bathroom to always have a pleasant scent, my home and my laundry. I just, looove smell goods ( LOL) .

8. I am currently working out daily ( however, right now I had to take a break , due to health reasons but Insha Allah ( god willing) in a about 3 -4 weeks I hope to back into the swing of things).

9. I am a very loyal person, I have a very warm ,sincere, and welcoming spirit.

10. I am a people person, I am very personable. I love to meet new people and build new relationships.

I tag the following ladies:

Tiffany at

Candice at

Rhonnie at

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


One of the key ingredients of beautiful hair is moisture. It's impossible to have silky, shiny tresses, if they are dehydrated and lacking proper moisture.
People from cultures where long hair is admired and cherished often use a variety of different oils (carrier oils, not cooking oils or salad oils) on their treasured tresses. The oils are applied in a method widely known as oiling.
Note: Carrier oils (CO) are used as a base for essential oils (EOs) to be diluted into.
Although women are often more prone to perform hair oiling, men, especially those with long locks, may also partake of the time honored practice.
While there are basic rules for proper oiling of the hair, it's important that anyone undertaking a hair oiling routine experiment to find the best method for their hair type, texture, condition and overall needs.
When done properly, hair oiling can be time consuming. Be prepared to dedicate enough time to achieve the best possible results.
Hair oiling can be performed for the following hair treatments:
1. Pre-treatment oil treatment before cleansing.2. Leave-in oil based conditioning treatment after hair has been washed and/or dried.3. Deep conditioning treatments in between shampoo sessions as a temporary or overnight treatment.4. Treatment for split ends on a regular basis.5. Daily oiling for long tresses to protect from ongoing damage6. Oiling to add shine, soften or for other hair care options.
Advantages To Oiling Your Tresses Oiling is a fabulous way to keep the moisture content high all the way from the roots to the tips, and works best in combination with other healthy hair treatment methods.
It's the combination of oil treatments with constant healthy hair maintenance that creates beautiful hair.
These ongoing healthy hair maintenance include:
Careful wet and dry hair detangling.
Proper washing. It is important to avoid piling hair on the top of your head which makes it prone to breakage.
Ongoing use of highest quality shampoo, conditioning and styling.
Highest quality detangling tools such as horn combs with no burrs and seams.
Consistent hair oiling
Split end prevention and maintenance through trimming and dusting
Keep hair properly styled to prevent damage (braids, ponytails, up dos)
Utilizing smooth surface pillowcase such as a satin pillowcase, even when keeping hair protecting by wearing braiding or bunning.
What You Need To Oil Your Hair
Oiling your hair requires the following items:
1. Desired oil or butter (see list of oils and butters below)2. Wide tooth comb with very smooth teeth to prevent hair breakage3. Regular tooth comb - bone or high quality comb is preferred4. Clean rags or old towels to catch oil splatters
If hair is oiled before cleansing you will also need shampoo and appropriate conditioners to remove oils.
Getting Started - Oils To Use
One of the key differences in how hair is oiled is tied to the type of oil that is utilized.
Types and brands of oils that may work for one person may not work for everyone. Be prepared to experiment with different oils.
Some oils will initially make your hair feel soft but over time may make the ends or other sections of your hair feel greasy, oily or crunchy.
Some of the most common oils include but are not limited to the alphabetically arranged list below:
Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil
Amla Oil - Helps slow down shedding according to some reports.
Aloe Vera Oil
Apricot Kernel
Argan Oil - Exotic and tends to be pricey. Made from the nuts of the Moroccan argan tree.
Avocado Oil - Tends to be moisturizing. May prove to be better on dry hair than wet. Many find this better on dry hair than wet.
Babassu Oil
Baoabab Oil
Beautiful Hair Oil - Made from a 100% organic jojoba base with essential oil designed to add moisture and health to hair.
Black Current Seed Oil
Borage or Borage Seed Oil
Broccoli seed oil - This oil may mimic cones on some types of hair. Good as a conditioning oil but not as good as a styling oil. Leaves hair very shiny. Strong aroma.
Carrot oil
Camilla Oil
Castor Oil - Not recommended for most hair types. Very heavy and oily. It is recommended this oil be mixed with other oils to minimize the oiliness.
Coconut - Some people swear by this oil while others find it too heavy and/or oily. It's antibacterial properties are well documented. Results vary in a very wide spectrum.
Vatika's Herbal Coconut oil
Cranberry Seed Oil
Emu Oil - Although some find this oil very moisturizing, it is very controversial because of the methods used to harvest the oil from the Emu.
Evening Primrose oil (EPO)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) - Very heavy and not universally helpful to all hair types and textures. This oil may be too heavy for hair that is thin or fine. It has a very distinctive aroma.
Flaxseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil - Is often described as light without scent. Not quite as moisturizing as sweet almond oil. For some it can provide a good balance of moisture.
HairTopia Beautiful Hair Oil - Made from a 100% organic jojoba base with essential oil designed to add moisture and health to hair.
Hazelnut Oil
Hempseed Oil
HobaCare Oil - A very high quality oil that is cold expeller pressed exactly once.
Jojoba - A popular basic oil, which is generally more expensive than other oils. Works well on both dry and damp hair to condition it. Also works well when mixed with aloe and glycerin as a leave-in and styling product. Excellent also as scalp massage oil and for skin moisturizing. Great on the ends. Blends exceptionally well with essential oils and fragrances.
Lindseed Oil -
Macademia Nut Oil
Mineral Oil
Monoi Oil - Too light for some hair, can feel drying. May work best for pre-shampoo treatment. Leave-in treatments may not be as moisturizing.
Monoi Pitati oil - Very strong tropical jasmine scent. just too strong
Monoi Sandalwood oil - Too medicinal smelling for me
Monoi Tiare - Floral gardenia scent. Rich sultry summer evening scent. A great summer oil.
Monoi Vanille- Delicious aroma. The oil blends well with any perfumes that have a vanilla base note.
Monoi Ylang ylang oil - Just yucky, also kind of medicinal
Moonchilds/Moonchaser's Sweet Success Oil - For some hair types and textures this oil can by quite oily. Many find this as a great leave-in conditioner. Works well as a detangler on dry hair. Also recommended as a scalp massage oil to enhance growth.
Neem oil
Olive Oil - See Extra Virgin Olive Oil above. A popular deep treatment involves mixing olive oil, honey and eggs. Can be heavy in a good way for super curly or wavy hair.
Red Palm Oil - Great for deep moisturizing treatments. Works especially well with mixed with honey and condish.
Rose oil
Sesame oil
Shea oil
Strawberryseed oil
Sweet almond oil - Care must be taken with this oil to make sure it doesn't become rancid quickly. For some sweet almond oil may appear to penetrate better than olive. How oils perform seem to be directly linked to the hair's type and texture.
Sunflower oil
Pitta oil (Maharishi Ayurveda)
Quinoa Oil
Red Turkey Seed Oil
Rose oil
Tea Tree Oil
Watermelon seed Oil - May mimic cones on some types and textures of hair.
Wheat Germ Oil
It should be noted that Qhemet Biologics Indian Macassar Oil is another oil that is growing in popularity.
Try new oils by buying in the smallest quantity possible and use a glass dropper to apply to hair in small doses.
Many hair consumers find that a variety of oils can be used on wet and/or dry hair. Some of the better known multi-task oils include virgin coconut oil, monoi de tahiti, shea and carrot seed oil.
Butters Versus Oils
One of the key differences in how hair is oiled is tied to the type of oil utilized. Some people actually prefer to use hair butters rather than hair oils.
The technical definition for butter is “a lipid which is characterized by a low melting point usually not higher than 500C”. The term lipid includes all substances which show strong hydrophobia (inability to dissolve in water) obtained from plants or parts of plants through a physical extraction process. These substances show chemical structures based on esters, fatty alcohols, fatty acids and hydrocarbons.
In simpler terms, butters are natural fats which can be solid or semi-solid at ambient temperature and are derived from a wide variety of natural sources – plants, nuts, fruits, etc. They are comprised primarily of saturated fatty acids, in particular, stearic acid and monounsaturated oleic acid.
Some people prefer to use butters instead of oil and butters come in a wide variety of options including but not limited to:
Aloe Vera Butter
Almond Butter
Apricot Butter
Avocado Butter
Capacu butter
Cocoa Butter (Natural & Deodorized) - Turns solid at room temperature. Some find this butter to be too stiff. The scent is a very personal matter, some love it and others don't.
Canola oil - It's lighter than olive oil, minimal aroma and can be applied sparingly to prevent excessive oiliness.
Grapeseed Butter
Illipi Butter
Jojoba Butter
Kokum Butter
Macademia Nut Butter
Mango Butter
Mowrah Butter
Murumuru butter
Olive Butter
Palm Red Butter
Pistachio Butter
Sal Butter
Shea Butter - A heavy butter that may tend to have a drag to it . Tends to work best when mixed with jojoba oils.
Soy Butter
Sunflower Butter - Tends to be a light oil that might be best utilized as a light leave-in conditioner.
Wheat Germ Butter
What matters most when you consider adopting an oil strategy for your hair is to consider the type of hair you have (straight, curly, wavy, frizzy), texture (thin/fine, medium, thick) as well as the current condition of your hair (healthy, damaged, combination of both) and the products you use on your strands.
Keep in mind that everyone must make their own choices when it comes to their hair. Sometimes the bottom line is that you have to experiment to find the very best combination of products, hair tools and procedures for your hair type, texture and condition.
When it comes to oil there is always a fine line between a perfect moisturizing application and too much oil that leaves hair feeling greasy or crunchy.
Oiling is a fabulous way to keep the moisture content high in strands all the way to the tips, and works best in combination with other details.
Coconut Oil Benefits
previously published results from the Research and Development Department, Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Mumbai, India. showed that both in vitro and in vivo coconut oil (CNO) treatments prevented combing damage of various hair types. Using the same methodology, an attempt was made to study the properties of mineral oil and sunflower oil on hair.
Mineral oil (MO) was selected because it is extensively used in hair oil formulations in India, because it is non-greasy in nature, and because it is cheaper than vegetable oils like coconut and sunflower oils. The study was extended to sunflower oil (SFO) because it is the second most utilized base oil in the hair oil industry on account of its non-freezing property and its lack of odor at ambient temperature.
As the aim was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using the above oils, the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the Taguchi Design of Experimentation was used. The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils.
Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft.
Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss. Essential Oils (EO) To Add
Essential oils are scented oils such as rosemary, grapefruit, geranium rose and rose and these scented oils must be diluted in jojoba or some other similar carrier oil because if applied to the skin in full strength, a reaction can occur...including a blood stream issue for those who are more sensitive.
Also those who are pregnant or sun sensitive should really read up on essential oil use to be able to protect themselves properly. Not all oils are hair friendly, either. But the ones I named above are OK for hair.
Mixing Your Own Oil & Butter Recipes
There are a vast number of hair oil and butter recipes to achieve a wide range of results. Some popular recipes include:
Organic coconut oil mixed with a 2-4 capsules of opened CoQ10 and a couple drops of Evening Primrose Oil. Can be used on hair and skin.
Coconut oil mixed with argan oil and select Essential Oils (EOs) as a deep treatment
A cup of coconut oil mixed with 1 or 2 capsules of EPO (evening primrose oil) and CoQ10.
A combo of sunflower, extra virgin olive oil and castor oil mixed for a deep hot oil treatment. For most it makes hair very soft although some have reported increased shedding which can actually be a good thing.
Custom hair butter made a base of coconut butter mixed with jojoba oil. This is very moisturizing for naturally curly hair.
Mix of Murumuru and capacu butter as the base with add-in coconut oil, baoabab oil and babassu oil.
Coconut oil base - Mix 2-4 oz of coconut oil with 1-2 ml. of baoabab and babassu oil.
Blend of almond oil, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, lecithin and vitamin E oil or opened capsules.
Mix of equal parts of sunflower and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Works well with deep treatments.
Blend of sweet almond oil, shea butter, castor oil, and moonchaser's sweet success oil w/ cayenne.
What To Avoid When Oiling Your Hair
Like everything in life, there are good ways and bad ways to perform any task, including oiling your hair. Listed below are some steps to avoid when you oil:
1. After you oil your hair make sure you do not pile your hair on your head which can make it more prone to tangling or breaking both during the oil cycle and the shampoo cycle.2. Use the highest quality shampoo and conditioning products for use directly after oiling and long term.3. Invest in the highest quality detangling tools.4. Combine oiling with other good hair habits including regular dusting (or trims if you are so inclined).5. Keep hair detangled and well contained (buns, braids).6. Practice good sleeping habits (satin pillowcases, keeping hair braided or bunned at night).
Preventing A Hair Oiling Mess
As a veteran of many years of hair oiling I have made my share of oil spattered messes along the way. I have learned a few tricks besides transferring a small amount of oil to a separate container rather than working out of the master bottle or jar.
The following tips will help prevent a major mess since oil splatter can be a problem.
1. Lay down clean old towels around the area where you plan to oil your hair before you start.2. Have extra clean rags or old towels available for spills or random oil splatters.3. If you oil your hair in the bathtub to contain the mess, consider the fact that if there is no oil in the tub, it may get slippery. The same is true for using oil in the shower without the water running. Always exercise caution around oil slicks.4. Use a special plastic pillow case covering to make sure that the oil does soak through to your favorite pillows and bedclothes.
Where To Buy Your Oils
If you wish to buy your oils locally you can usually find high quality oils at the local Whole Foods or Central Market. Smaller herb and health food stores may or may not stock the oils you love but may be willing to special order them for you to guarantee freshness and avoid oils becoming rancid.
Oils can also be purchased from mail order catalogs as well as on the Internet.
If you buy your oils either locally or via mail order or the Internet, check immediately to make sure the oils are fresh and not rancid. It's important not to use rancid oil on your strands.
Depending on the quality of the oils purchased, many can last for many months if not years. Therefore it is important when buying oils to test that you only buy small amounts. Many users find that a 2-3 ounce bottle or jar of oil can last for 4-8 weeks, depending on the length of hair.
Keep in mind that some oils may go rancid quickly. Coconut oil is famous for turning quickly so buy only the amount you can use quickly. Jojoba oil may or may not turn rancid depending on the quality and how you store it and for how long.
If you're shopping at mass market or drug stores read the labels very carefully to make sure that all the ingredients are natural and not synthetic. Listed below are some well-known Internet vendors (no particular order) who sell a wide variety of oils that are suitable for the hair or skin: which sells HairTopia Beautiful Hair Oil and other custom oils.
Camden Grey: One of my favorite shops. CG has an amazing array of essential oils, vegetable oils and butters.
Scent works: Variety of oil related products to choose from.
Oils by Nature: Great site with large listing and articles with great info about oils and butters.
Mountain Rose Herbs: High quality products and fast shipping.
Garden of Wisdom:: Excellent selection of oils, butters and herbs at good prices.
Nature's Wild Child: Well-known for their virgin coconut oil and creamy shea butter.
From Nature with Love: Large selection of herbs, oils and butters.
Majestic Mountain Sage: Comprehensive catalog of selections.
Hoba Care: High quality rich golden jojoba oil pressed exactly once.
Essential Wholesale: Rare oils in stock, sales in bulk.
The Gourmet Rose: An Ebay store selling oils and butters.
Pure essentials: Located in Canada, very exhaustive listing of oils and butters.
Spectrum Naturals is well-known for their high quality coconut oil. The coconut oil provided by Spectrum is specifically pressed for use on hair and the skin. It is a solid which comes in a 5 ounce jar which is convenient for use.

Step By Step - How To Oil - For Leave-In Conditioning
Although it may sound complicated, hair oiling is not only easy, it can be soothing. Just be sure to plan in advance to avoid a mess and allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the process.
The hair oiling steps below are provided for oiling the hair and leaving the oil in place as a leave-in conditioner. If you wish to oil the hair for a deep treatment or for a temporary softening process you will need to take different steps at the end of the cycle.
Keep in mind that everyone develops a fondness for their own type of oil. I personally find coconut much too heavy for my hair but love jojoba and sesame. Depending on your goals you may decide to go with a very light oil or a heavier one as a protective measure.
1. Start by taking a small amount of oil ranging from 1-3 drops or a small dap of solid oil and apply it to the palms of your prewashed, clean hands.
2. Rub the oil between your palms to gently warm. If you are using a solid form of oil such as coconut, scoop out the desired amount into a separate container with a sterile spoon or scooper to prevent ongoing contamination from fingernails.
3. After you have warmed the oil you will have a light coating on the palms of your hands. Apply your lightly coated hands to pre-washed, completely detangled and dry tresses. Apply the oil from the top of your ears down to the very ends of your hair. Avoid applying the oil directly to your scalp, especially if you plan to leave the oil on your hair for more than a few hours.
Note: Oil that is applied directly to the scalp and allowed to remain for days will create a pH unbalance. The pH imbalance will impact the balance of the scalp.
4. Stroke your palms and fingers down through the strands of your hair on each side of your head.
5. Work your way slowly through your strands making sure to carefully separate strands to make sure oil is applied to all the layers both inward and outward.
This oil is then left in as the leave-in conditioner and not removed until the next hair washing (which we recommend to attempt to do around twice a week at best).
Remember that scalp hair needs to be washed although typically the length does not.
The idea is to allow oils, regardless of the type used, to build up what is produced naturally from the sebaceous glands (on the scalp). Once the oils are built up distribute the oils. Depending on the length of the tresses, it is common to apply more oil to the length with less oil applied to the middle or tips.
Remember that a little bit of oil goes a very long way. Be conservative with the amount of oil you use until you have figured out how much oil to use on your strands. Hair readily absorbs the oil.
You can always add more oil, even a day or so later. It's better to use less oil rather than more which can become greasy. It's easy to add too much oil.
How do you know if you have added too much oil? You hair will feel greasy or sticky. To minimize the amount of oil applied to your strands you may wish to blot the palms of your hair on a paper towel to remove excess oils to avoid not applying to much oil to your hair.

Using A Boar Bristle Brush To Distribute Oils
Depending on the current condition of your hair you may or may not choose to use a boar bristle brush (BBB) to help distribute the oil throughout your strands.
Although BBBs should never be used for detangling wet or damp hair because of the potential for breakage, it can be used to help gently move oils down the length of the hair. Never attempt to brush out a tangle as this can break the hair. Instead, use your fingers to detangle or a comb. Do so gently.
A BBB can cause damage if there's a tangle or wet hair...and it also shouldn't be used if the hair is not in overall good health, such as suffering from excess frizz, excess flyaway, a fair amount of damage still, damage from perm/coloring.
However, a BBB can be used once the hair is stabilized in its basic strength and integrity to move the oils around. Unlike a detangling tool which is used bottom to top, the BBB is used, generally, top to bottom.
A BBB does not penetrate the thickness of one's hair so it must be used topside and underside, separately, and this is where the 100 strokes likely derives from. A lot of strokes to work in that oil. A BBB does cause fullness of the hair but this is easily calmed by following with a downstroke of the palm.If you're preparing for a hair wash, it is then OK to put some oil on the scalp hair (although you probably won't need it b/c the reason to wash the hair is there's an excess of buildup of oil on the scalp). You can also oil length heavily on purpose prior to a hair wash.
However, you may find you need to change your pillowcase a little more often nevertheless because of some very fine acne along the hairline (typical for some of us who go an extra day without a hair wash). With a little experimentation, you will find the right number of days to skip to build up oil and create a beautiful healthy shine and increase elasticity of the hair in due time.
Many believe that oiling the hair should be done after every single hair wash. This may or may not work for you and your hair depending on the texture, type and condition. Set your own schedule but once you do, be consistent.

Hair Oiling As A Hair Pre-treatment
You may oil your hair as a pre-wash treatment that can be left in while you sleep before you do your wash. A pre-wash treatment is an excellent way to nourish your hair and prevent protein loss. Coconut oil has been proven through testing to reduce protein loss for both damaged and undamaged hair when used as either a pre-wash or post-wash product.
If you're preparing for a hair wash, it is then OK to put some oil on the scalp hair (although you probably won't need it b/c the reason to wash the hair is there's an excess of buildup of oil on the scalp). You can also oil length heavily on purpose prior to a hair wash.
When considering the use of Jojoba Oil, look for an oil that is golden in color yet quite clear and rather see-through. Some Jojoba Oils tend to be muddier in color and murky looking. For best results look for the best quality oil that fits your budget.

Oiling Dry Hair
Oiling dry hair after cleansing it may cause the feeling of crunchiness. Many hair oil fans find it best to oil hair while it is still slightly damp.
If you want to oil your ends inbetween shampoo sessions you may get better results if you slightly damped your strands before applying the oil.

Hair Oiling By Hair Types & Textures
Natural curls respond well to consistent and regular hair oiling. Not only does oiling add important moisture and help to minimize frizz, it often helps to slightly weigh down ringlets while emphasizing the curl pattern. In addition, regular oil application will provide a protective layer for curls protecting them from tears and split ends.
the weight helps the hair to move as one body (very appealing to the eye); brittleness & dryness cease; and the hues of one hair color come forward resulting in a beautiful sheen that catches the light in interesting ways; and finally, the hair becomes supremely soft.
When using oil as a leave in treatment it is very important to remember that a small amount goes a very long way. Be conservative when you first start using oil as a no-rinse leave-in treatment. Remember, you can always add more oil, even a day or so later. Oil used as a leave-in treatment can be added as needed. It's definitely easy to do too much. If hair feels or looks oily or greasy you put in too much.
Hair usually readily absorbs the oil. It does not rub off on clothing or linens. However, you may find you need to change your pillowcase a little more often nevertheless because of some very fine acne along the hairline (typical for some of us who go an extra day without a hair wash).
With a little experimentation, you will find the right number of days to skip to build up oil and create a beautiful healthy shine and increase elasticity of the hair in due time.

Oiling Hair With Spray/Spritzer Bottles
There are those who prefer to oil their strands by using a spritzer bottle. Pour the desired oil in a spritzer bottle diluting it in water & applying after a fresh wash yet while the hair is still wet. This is fine if that works for you; however, do know, that the oil does not "capture" water to stay on the hair.
Oil, especially jojoba, is meant to mimic the natural oils produced by the sebaceous glands. This oil is called "sebum" and has a waxy texture. You may notice that when your hair oil builds up on the scalp you can remove what feels like a soft rolled bead, which is sebum.)
This waxy medium is the protection for hair and the reason hair shines. Frequent washing removes this and also causes excess build up in a day or so. You can train yourself and your scalp to change its rate of production over the course of a month or so.

Pre-Wash Oiling
For heavy pre-shampoo oiling consider rotating sesame oil with unrefined organic coconut oil. Sesame is lighter and easier to wash out. Coconut oil reduces protein loss. Consider doing the pre-oiling approximately one hour before applying shampoo.
Jojoba oil
Sesame oil
Sweet Almond oil

Scalp Massage
For scalp massage try a mix of grapeseed, castor oil and essential oils such as rosemary, thyme, cedarwood and lavender.
Good scalp massage oil:
Moonchaser's Sweet Success Oil - it's light enough to go right on the scalp without being greasy.

Leave-in Hair Oil
Consider using a drop or two of jojoba oil to seal moisture in after applying desired leave-in conditioning products like Phyto 7 or Phyto 9.
Great leave-in hair oils include:
Monoi de Tahiti
Shea butter just for ends

Deep Conditioning Hot Oil Treatments
Depending on hair type, texture and condition the following oils are considered best for deep conditioning hot oil treatments:
Avocado oil - can be heavy for some hair types and textures.
Coconut oil - may need to be mixed with other oils to avoid excessive oiliness.
Jojoba oil - can be used by the majority of hair types
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) - May be heavy for thin or fine hair.
Shea oil - second to olive oil in moisturizing properties.
Sweet almond oil - may be a bit heavy for day to day use, but generally good for deep treatments.
Keep in mind that not all oils will work for all types of hair. Be willing to experiment. You may also wish to experiment with mixing various oils to achieve different results. Popular oil mixtures include:
Mix of equal parts of sunflower and Extra Virgin Olive Oil for excellent deep treatments.
Sunflower/Extra Virgin Olive Oil 85/15 mixture with Sunflower 85%

You can mix one or two drops with your jojoba or coconut oil to scent your hair with. Do change the amount of jojoba (or whatever your choice) to accommodate this addition so as not to over-oil your hair in one sitting. (In a way, there's no such thing as too much oil over the course of, say, a week, but in one sitting it can be too much.)
You can choose other oils such as Sweet Almond Oil. I know of one person who uses vegetable oil (she didn't say which brand) achieving beautiful results; however, I have been advised that many such oils are pressed differently (two or more times) to withstand high heat (for frying and such) and thus, the acid content is higher.
In days of yore (and likely still) other cultures have used olive oil; however, it tends to be rather heavy and is pressed differently for sustaining high temperatures (and not breaking down). Oils such as flax seed oil are not intended for hair use although they are not pressed to sustain high heat
So, give it a whirl. Remember that you will have to do it around 2 times before you get the hang of it and find the right amount for you. A little really does go a long way. You can fan your hair out on a soft cotton sheet and oil that way if you like - I find this method gets to more of the individual strands then.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Just as your body needs a workout, your scalp muscles need one too! A healthy scalp needs a constant supply of blood circulation. Hair follicles with a constant supply of blood will remain healthy and active. Scalp massages help bring these much needed nutrients from the blood to the scalp.Scalp massages can double as both stress relievers and scalp stimulants. These scalp massages help redistribute your own special scalp oil, sebum, to protect and nourish your scalp and help fight dryness and flaking. By redirecting blood flow to needy areas, scalp massages can help fill in thinning areas or speed up sluggish hair growth. If you are experiencing thinning in a certain area or just want to help nourish and invigorate your scalp, scalp massaging may be right for you. Mastering the perfect scalp massageA well executed scalp massage is beneficial to any healthy hair care regimen. A quality massage will leave your entire scalp with a warm tingly feeling for several minutes after you've removed your hands. It is best to do scalp massages with essential oils before a wash, or after you've moisturized and sealed your hair for the day. This way, helpful natural oils and moisturizers are inadvertently touched to the scalp without you actively going through and coating the scalp with a heavy oil layer. This also keeps your scalp clean and clog free. Essential oils provide a tingle for your scalp that will help increase the blood circulation on top of the manual scalp stimulation you are providing with your fingers. I will describe a 5-10 minute scalp massage technique that you can use to promote a healthier scalp environment.Essential oil mixture:

A essential oil scalp massage mix includes the following essential oils and concentrations: 5 drops of rosemary oil, 7 drops of peppermint oil, 5 drops of thyme, and about 3-4 TBSP of jojoba and/or sweet almond oil. You can adjust these ratios to suit your personal scalp stimulation tastes. You can also mix and match different essential blends oils at your leisure. The more concentrated the mixture, the more possibility for irritation, so please exercise caution if you are new to using essential oils for scalp massage.Scalp Massage Technique: The Deep Circular RubStep 1: Part your scalp into 4 quadrants with a line down the center, and one going from ear to ear. (Two sections in the front, two in the back.) Step 2: Place the pads of your fingers, not the nails, onto the edges of your hairline in the front. You will start massaging the front two quadrants of the scalp. Step 3: Spread your fingers along the scalp so that your total hairline is covered across the front. Step 4: Anchor your fingers securely in this spot. Step 5: Squeeze and rotate the scalp, rotating the skin toward the center of your face. The initial movement should be pushing the scalp skin back, away from the face, then around back toward the face.The right section should be making a clockwise circular motion. The left side should be making a counter-clockwise circular motion. Do not move your fingers from their anchored positions on your scalp!. It is important that you do not slide your fingers, rub, or mess with your hair. Your scalp massage is only intended to work the scalp skin itself. Most people blindly rub through their hair and scalp, scratching with their fingernails, but this may cause more harm than good. There is also a greater chance for tangling with a rubbing movement. You do not want this! Step 6: Repeat Step 5 for 1 minute in your current hair line position. Step 7: Next work your way back an inch or half inch from your hairline. Repeat step 5 for another minute. Gradually repeat this procedure until you reach the crown area of the scalp.Step 8: Once you have reached the crown of the head, place your fingers along the nape of your neck and work the back hair line for 1 minute. From there, you will work your way back up to the crown repeating your 1 minute line massages.If you have any slow growing or thinning scalp areas, feel free to back track and give a little extra attention to these needy areas of the scalp. Scalp massaging with essential oils is an easy way to relax, stimulate hair growth, and give your scalp a great workout! . For the most part I massage my scalp similar to this , however I haven't tried it with the oils recommended here . I found this article to be quite helpful . I hope you ladies find it of benefit as well. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


I know about the Afro having come of age when the Afro was first worn by Black women in the 1960s. Until the Afro or natural as it was called, came along, Black women either straightened their hair or relaxed it. The relaxer originally was a lye based product that was applied to Black women's hair hopefully by an experienced beautician to straighten it out.

The beauty of the relaxer, unlike the traditional method of straightening hair with a straightening comb was that the hair would not "go back" or revert to its natural state for several weeks. Both methods really required a woman or young girl rely heavily on their beauticians. The two week beauty appointment was part of a Black woman's rite of passage. Hair done with a straightening comb was the most vulnerable because anything from humidity to rain to pool water would destroy a perfect "do".
The Afro or natural did not require frequent or timely visits to a beautician. Once a person received an initial style, they could pretty much take care of their hair themselves. A person did have to go to a stylist or barber to maintain the style's shape. But, rain, humidity or pool water did not adversely affect an Afro. An Afro was natural hair. There was no where else the hair could go. It was already there.
Not everyone, Black people included was happy when Afro's became fashionable. Of course beauticians didn't like the style because it cut into their business. I remember when I first got my hair cut, my mother who was a beautician was less than thrilled. My father, who was what was called a "race man" but now would be referred to as being conscious or Afrocentric, bemoaned the fact that I'd cut off as he put it "all that hair." I on the other hand felt wonderful and loved the way I looked.
A friend of mine was the first person I knew to get an Afro and she was treated terribly by other Blacks especially Black men. Long straight hair was the style before the Afro and unfortunately, some Black men didn't like short natural styles on Black women. I've discovered that people don't accept change very well initially.
However, I saw images all around me of beautiful Black women with short, short Afro's or full blown Afro's framing their face like halos. I also saw women who looked like me in the early editions of Essence magazine which reinforced my self esteem. After all, in addition to being the time of the civil rights movement, the 60s was also the beginning of the women's movement. It was a heady time to be Black and female. Models began sporting Afro's. Angela Davis, the civil rights activist made the full blown Afro popular. Even Oprah Winfrey sported an Afro at one time. Then there were Afro wigs, one I'm ashamed to say I bought prior to going natural. Needless to say, I am not a wig person. I think I wore that thing for a few days and then threw it away.
I wore my Afro in various stages of fullness until I left New York and moved to Texas. Well, that was in the 1980s and there weren't many Black women wearing Afros in the town I moved to. In an effort to fit in I relaxed my hair briefly but quickly discovered I did not like spending my day in a salon waiting for my hair to be done. I went back to the hair style that is me.
Now, I think the Afro thankfully is considered a hair style like any other. A person wearing an Afro is no longer viewed as making a political statement. Afros are accepted in all social circles. Thank God we Black women have an array of hair styles to choose from.

Author, Jeannie Pitt

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Hey ladies, I just want to report I am in love with olive oil , it leaves my hair so soft , shiny and moisturized. I also use extra virgin olive oil as a pre treatment before shampooing or just add a little into my conditioner , either way I use olive oil it does my hair well!. I have also been researching other oils that are beneficial for our natural hair some I've listed here but not limited to :


1. Nourishes hair contains vitamin E.

2. Smooths hair cuticles.

3. Makes hair long, Strong and thick.

4. Massaging with almond oil adds shine to the hair.

5. Prevents or reduces hair shedding/ falling out.

6. Apply to dry hair before shampooing it will make the hair silky.

7. Add a tablespoon to your conditioner for a moisture boost, or put in your leave in conditioner for softer hair.

8. Massage oil into scalp to treat dandruff.


1. Excellent conditioner for the hair.

2. Provides protein required for nourishing damaged hair.

3. Massage into the scalp to prevent dandruff and help hair growth.

4. Reduces protein loss remarkably when applied to hair before shampooing.

5. Non- greasy, easily absorbs into the skin.


1. Well proven remedy against dandruff and other hair problems.

2. It has a revitalizing effect upon the scalp and improves the look of the hair.

3. Olive oil makes the hair shiny and robust and great as a hot oil treatment.

There you have it , you ladies already know my favorite. However I am open to trying one of the above as well. Upon doing so I will keep you ladies posted on the results. Enjoy!!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Hey ladies, when I use to be a hairstylist I would often be asked if alcohol was drying for our hair. And I would often respond, yes. However since then I've found that there are many different types of alcohol found in hair products and some of them can be useful and helpful for our hair. Here I've posted a very interesting and informative article I read. The question is alcohol drying is both true and false. Alcohol is not a single chemical. Now, some may have heard of Ethanol. Ethanol is only one type of alcohol. Which is commonly used in hair spray type of products. Then there is isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol. Alcohols can have many, many different properties. Different alcohols are used in different products for different reasons. There are literally thousands of alcohols. Some are solid. Some are liquid. And some can be ingested.

Many alcohols are downright healthy for our hair. Others are not so good for hair and skin. Alcohols to make a product more volatile ( evaporate quickly) are not good for our hair. Ethanol is one of those alcohols. However, alcohols that are " fatty" actually help add moisture to our hair and skin to soften them. You will find these alcohols in the finest, hydrating ( moisturizing) hair products. The following alcohols are some examples. They are waxy substances, not liquids. They are for drying.

cetearyl alcohol- This is derived naturally. It is often found in hair conditioners. It provides the creamy consistency and makes it easier to distribute the product throughout the hair. This is a especially beneficial ingredient in black hair care products because it also lubricates the hair making it easier to comb.

cetyl alcohol- This is a fatty alcohol that is derived from coconut and palm oils, actually an emollient ( makes hair and skin softer).

stearyl alcohol- Another fatty alcohol. It is like ethanol, it is actually a white solid and is insoluble in water. Stearyl alcohol is often used in conditioners and shampoos and acts as an emollient ( softener).

So, remember when looking over product labels. You may need to know a little more about the specific type of alcohol in the product before you can make an really good decision about the product. Many really good shampoos and conditioners contain some very good alcohol. Maybe this article can help when trying to find your next product. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Hey ladies, did you know that there are many benefits of natural herbs one of them being hair growth. The use of Natural organic herbs for healing and cosmetic benefits has been around for quite some time. One of the many questions asked today is if herbs can enhance hair growth. There are many different types of herbs that will help to make our hair grow. Many of these herbs have multiple benefits not only for our hair , but to our overall health as well. A few of the most common herbs include:
ROSEMARY- Rosemary has many uses , but it is frequently linked to hair growth. It is believed that rosemary can help to make hair lustrous and supple. Rosemary also helps prevent dandruff, you can create a hair treatment from rosemary leaves by simmering the leaves in water for 10 minutes. Throw away the leaves, pour the cooled rosemary water over your hair and then rinse it out with cool water.
CHAMOMILE- Chamomile is proven to have many healing properties. Chamomile can be used as a hair rinse after washing to soothe an itchy scalp, which can contribute to hair loss.
HORSETAIL- Horsetail can be mixed in with shampoo. Horsetail is said to stimulate and improve hair growth.
BIRCH OIL- Birch oil works best when mixed in with shampoo and can be mixed with other oils and applied directly to the hair and scalp. Birch oil is said to also assist in hair growth and to condition and protect the hair against airborne pollutants.
GINKGO- Ginkgo is said to be used for the hair follicle stimulation. This herb is known to help with blood circulation, which is very important for hair growth.
I've never used any of the mentioned above , however I found this information to be quite interesting. I do however plan to ( god willing) try many of them. I will share the results as soon as I try some of them out. If any of you Naturale's have used any of the mentioned here , please share your experience with us. Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Hey ladies, as you all may know by now I am newly natural. Desperately, seeking a good conditioner for my naturale, along with all of the conditioners that has been suggested I decided to research the benefits of Aloe Vera for the hair. Now , I've heard of its benefits for our skin, but I haven't heard much about the benefits of aloe for our hair. I've found out that Aloe Vera contains enzymes which help to stimulate new hair production. Aloe Vera does not contain any harmful ingredients such as any coloring agents. It is also beneficial in the protection of the scalp at different cycles of hair growth. Many Aloe Vera conditioners and shampoos often contain mixtures of herbal extracts, natural oils, vitamins and Shea butter. Also Aloe Vera can help to make our hair thick and healthy and has been used for thousands of years on hair. Aloe Vera gel works best when applied along with olive oil on hair roots and scalp. It seems to me that the use of Aloe Vera can be an excellent and reliable treatment for our hair. Just one more natural conditioner to add to our list of conditioners ( smile). Enjoy !!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Hey ladies, upon doing some research on pantene relaxed & natural products . I immediately knew that I must give you ladies a heads up. From what I've learned this product is no good!
There has been many complaints from ladies who has used this product. Stating that products from this company has made their hair come out from the root. There has also been class action complaints and possible suit's forming as well against this company. It's apparent that the formulation for this product is not perfected. Let me say that I have not personally used this product and from this research I will not ! I've read to many complaints against this product. So , ladies please think twice before using this line. Lastly, after continuously doing much research on many products some of which has been suggested and some that has not. I've taken note of the ingredients that are often used in our products , the good products as well as the bad. TIP: often we may find a product that we really like and it seems to be working well for our hair, but however may include 1 or 2 of these '" bad" ingredients if listed first or near the beginning it's more likely used more or a lot. If listed last or near the end of the ingredients it's more than likely used less or a little. Knowing it's best to not use any products with ingredients which is not good for our hair is best. But if it has to be remember the above tip. ( smile)