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Natural Hair Products

Author: Dr. Larita
05/23/2019

Mammals are the only animals that have hair and we humans really love ours. Hair is mostly composed of a protein called keratin. Wikipedia says that this keratin assembles itself into rope-like filaments and these filaments determine the strength of the hair shaft. While the hair shafts that we see on each others’ heads is “dead” because it has no biochemical activity, it comes from hair follicles located under the skin. These follicles  include the oil producing sebaceous gland which lubricates the hair and the erector pili muscles, which are responsible for causing hairs to stand-up when you have “goose bumps.”

Particular care should be taken for African-American hair in natural styles to keep the hair soft and supple. Many hair preparations contain petroleum based products which can cause poor blood circulation, clogged pores leading to dandruff and dry scalp and hair breakage. Why have a natural hairstyle and then groom it with an unnatural product? Instead, use an easy to apply oil for natural styles that contains tea tree oil, shea butter and other natural fruit oils that will soothe your hair and scalp, moisturize it and prevent itchiness.


 

If your hair is dry, it is probably because your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it  healthy. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Dry hair fixes include:

  • Using a very gentle shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on for several minutes (on your hair, not your scalp)
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits

None of us want our hair to fall out for any reason. It might happen though for any number of reasons, like the use of inappropriate hair care products or poor health. Many hair care products on store shelves have chemical ingredients that simply are too harsh for our hair and scalp.

I suggest using a natural shampoo that contains no harsh chemicals and adding essential oils that have properties that are good for your hair. Fragrance World of Topeka has a proprietary blend they will make for you in an aroma free shampoo. I use it all the time and it makes my hair grow and keeps it looking thick and glossy.


hair lossDo you have baldness, thinning hair or certain types of alopecia? Many people use expensive prescription or over the counter medications to treat these problems but you may do just as well using a natural solution containing cedarwood essential oil. There are many benefits to using cedarwood besides hair loss. The most common benefits include:

  • improves focus and wisdom
  • promotes hair growth
  • has anti-inflammatory agents
  • cures toothaches
  • strengthens gums
  • reduces skin irritations
  • relives spasms
  • cures fungal infections
  • repels bugs
  • cures acne
  • reduces cough
  • stimulates metabolism
  • regulates menstruation
  • tightens muscles
  • cleans out toxins

Cedarwood can be used to stimulate the scalp which can do so much for your hair. Your hair can weaken due to poor blood circulation in the scalp. By using a stimulant and massaging it into your scalp, you can get the blood flowing and wake up the follicles to promote hair growth. Use cedarwood to treat the following:

  • Stimulate blood circulation in scalp
  • Relieve fungal infections in scalp
  • Promote hair growth
  • Combat oily hair
  • Relieve dandruff
  • Make hair look and feel healthier

Shared by Amanda Robertson


Help for Natural Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
09/06/2018

WIN_20150722_233650Mammals are the only animals that have hair and we humans really love ours. Hair is mostly composed of a protein called keratin. Wikipedia says that this keratin assembles itself into rope-like filaments and these filaments determine the strength of the hair shaft. While the hair shafts that we see on each others’ heads is “dead” because it has no biochemical activity, it comes from hair follicles located under the skin. These follicles  include the oil producing sebaceous gland which lubricates the hair and the erector pili muscles, which are responsible for causing hairs to stand-up when you have “goose bumps.”

Particular care should be taken for African-American hair in natural styles to keep the hair soft and supple. Many hair preparations contain petroleum based products which can cause poor blood circulation, clogged pores leading to dandruff and dry scalp and hair breakage. Why have a natural hairstyle and then groom it with an unnatural product? Instead, use an easy to apply oil for natural styles that contains tea tree oil, shea butter and other natural fruit oils that will soothe your hair and scalp, moisturize it and prevent itchiness.


Natural Hair Care

Author: Dr. Larita
07/24/2018

I decided to stop using permanent relaxers on my hair in the late 1990s because I was tired of always getting burned by the chemicals. I wore a huge Afro in the late 1960s so I first went back to that style. I wore several different lengths of Afro hairstyles and I liked how convenient the Afro was; I could wash my hair and just go! I did not like the fact that I never could get my hair cut the way I wanted it. I just had to go with whatever the hairstylist or barber did even though I explained what I wanted them to do.

When my daughter started wearing locks, I did not like the style at all but the longer she wore them the more they grew on me and the more I liked them. Finally, in May 2000, I took the plunge (you really do have to research and psych yourself up to do it) and started my own locks. I’ve been wearing them ever since. My hair eventually grew so long that it hung down to my lower back and I have cut it to shoulder length twice but I’ll be wearing locks from now on.

I searched a long time for natural hair care products to use on my locks and I have used several different things including shea butter to groom my hair. The products I like the best are the ones that use natural ingredients such as shea butter, tea tree essential oil, olive oil and bee’s wax. Just because I wear my hair natural doesn’t mean I don’t do anything to it. I keep my hair clean and groom it daily. I really love my locks, they make me feel spiritual and at one with nature.


Naturally Healthy Hair

Author: Dr. Larita
04/20/2018

If your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it healthy, your hair probably looks dry and flyaway. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Ways to repair dry hair include:

  • Using a very gentle natural shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on your hair (not your scalp) for several minutes
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits

Aromatherapy Shampoo

Author: Dr. Larita
03/16/2018

The first thing people notice about us is our hair or more precisely, the color of our hair. Women are often described as, “the one with the curly red hair, the frizzy haired blond, or the brunette with the asymmetrical cut.” Women have been dying their hair for thousands of years and essential oils can not change the cut or color of your hair but they can enhance your color. Chamomile can lighten blond hair, sage is good for black or brunette hair, and carrot enhances ginger and red hair.

Whatever the color, cut and style of your hair, it should also be thick and shining. Using rich nutritious coconut plant based shampoo with pure essential oils will help normalize oil production, enhance circulation and support the health of your hair and scalp on the cellular level. This will give you the healthy radiant hair we all desire. The scent of a synergistic blend of essential oils provides a complete aromatherapy experience each time you shampoo your hair.


If your hair is dry, it is probably because your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it  healthy. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Dry hair fixes include:

  • Using a very gentle shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on for several minutes (on your hair, not your scalp)
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits

shampooing hair

We’re continuing with the discussion of cedarwood essential oil and hair loss. We talked about the medications that are out there that for hair loss. They are often expensive and may or may not work. If you want to go natural, try cedarwood essential oil. You can put a drop or two into your current shampoo and conditioner or try something even more natural and use an unscented shampoo. Below are two cedarwood recipes you can try.

To relieve dandruff:

  • Blend 6 drops cedarwood, 6 drops rosemary essential oil and 4 drops cypress oil with 1 ounce sweet almond oil. Massage into the scalp and leave to soak overnight. Shampoo thoroughly the next day.

To combat oily hair:

  • Another useful recipe is to blend 4 teaspoons grape seed oil with 5 drops each of cedarwood oil, cyprus oil and peppermint oil. Add to 1/4  cup of fresh lemon juice. Massage into the scalp and leave for at least 2 hours before washing out.

Bonus: Cedarwood Essential Oil is very calming and relaxing making it great for stress and anxiety! It also has a sweet, light, and woodsy scent so while giving yourself a scalp massage, imagine yourself being in a spa as you rid yourself of the tension.

Shared by Amanda Robertson


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