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Hair. Oiling Your Scalp & Hair.
It's getting colder, and you are probably noticing your scalp is feeling tight and a bit dry. Maybe your hair is looking drier than normal and possibly even brittle. You may even be experiencing some dandruff. Well, there is a cure to this. Oiling your scalp and hair using 100% Coconut Oil will alleviate your dry scalp and nourish your strands back to life! Your hair will not only be hydrated and conditioned, but massaging the oil into your scalp will promote thicker and stronger hair growth. Indian women have been doing this for centuries with coconut oil and you see their gorgeous hair strands! You can do this weekly or monthly, depending on how dry your scalp and hair look and feel. Here's How:

1.  Heat coconut oil to a warm temperature before applying. You may need to use thick gloves (i.e. cleaning gloves) when using the warm oil, so you don't burn yourself.

2.  Part in sections. Rub oil in as many sections as you can. Do not pour the oil onto your hair, rather, using your finger tips, apply little amounts to the actual scalp.

3.  Using your fingertips, gently massage the oil by putting your hands inside your hair. This will help to stimulate circulation and actually treat your dry scalp. Not to mention, it feels heavenly. Massage for 10-15 minutes.

4.  The best time to do it is at night prior to washing your hair.  When the oil can stay longer, it will soak into the scalp better. When sleeping, you can place a plastic cap over hair and under a satin wrap or scarf. This will be an overnight heat treatment.

5.  If you did not do the overnight heat treatment, you can steam treat while the oil is in your hair. Put hair in a plastic cap, heat a damp hand towel in the microwave. Remove (caution - it will be hot) and wrap around plastic cap. If you really want to keep the steam in, take another plastic cap and place it over the towel for 20-30 minutes. Remove, rinse, wash and condition as usual.

6. You can add a few drops of essential oil if you really want to customize your regimen. Rosemary is excellent for decreasing dandruff and stimulating hair growth and Cedarwood also helps with dandruff and falling hair (hair that is falling out).

I can't wait to hear how much you love this treatment. Please leave a comment to share.

My Hair Journey
I wanted to share with you pictures of how far my hair has come in nearly 3 years.  If I can do it, you can do it!  I started to follow the hair rules (in the article Black Hair & How To Grow Itin April 2007.  Picture #1 was taken May 2007 (1 month after I got my hair cut) and Picture #2 was taken in Aug 2007.  The last picture is my most recent picture nearly 3 years later.  Picture #3 was taken in Oct 2009.  As mentioned in the article, it is great to take pictures to document your progress.  The comparison pics really help to show how far I've come and proof that the rules really work.  View my pics and if you want to see the detailed rules, keep scrolling down:  

Start of My Hair Journey:
Picture #1 - May 2007

Picture #2 - Aug 2007

3 Year Progress:
Picture #3 - Oct 2009

Again, I followed all the rules and limited my relaxers to 2x's a year.  Believe me, I never thought I could do that, but I did.  My 'real' hair has never been this long and I still have a way's until I reach my ultimate goal.  My ultimate goal is to have waistlength hair by April 2012.  I just want to see if my hair can get this long.  Please keep checking more posts on hair How-to's and if you'd like a personal consultation, email me (just click the Contact Me button on the Home Page).  Here's to your future hair growth and to lengths you never thought imagineable!

Article: Black Hair & How To Grow It. 
There is something about being an African-American and talking about the story of our hair.  Chris Rock exposed our hair secrets wide open in his latest movie Good Hair where he talked about the infamous relaxer, the wigs, the weaves, the braids, and every extension in between.  We see this endless amount of fake hair on nearly every African-American actress or singer.  It's so popular, we can go into nearly any hair store and purchase the length we want, the color we want, and the texture we want.  But what about our real hair underneath all of our purchases?  What do we do with our real hair?  Can it even grow to the lengths of our weaves and the looks we see on t.v.?

The answer is a BIG YES!  Yes, you can grow your hair longer than your shoulders! Yes, you can achieve lengths that you never thought could be possible!  Having your real hair to your brastrap and beyond is absolutely possible.  But how do you do it?  Is it a miracle cream or some kind of new product on the market?  The person writing this article must have that good hair.  You know the kind.  The kind that has a nice curl patter and is easy to comb.  The answer is no. No, it's not a miracle cream or a new product and no, the author's hair has never been considered in the category of good hair.  She is still on her hair journey that started in April 2007.  Her hair was cut to right above her shoulders that April and 3 years later, her hair is hitting her brastrap (to view her pictures, go to the Hair Page).  So what's the secret?

The secret is incorporating a few changes to your regimen, adding some new rules, commitment and a lot of patience.  Here are the basics of what you need to know to achieve the length you want.

  1. Balance your hair evenly with moisture and protein so it won't break off.  Your hair grows 1/2 inch every month. In order to achieve the length you want, you will need to preserve your ends.  Your ends are the most fragile and the oldest part of your strand.  In order to do this, you will need to balance your hair evenly with protein and moisture.  This will help your hair to not break and to become stronger. Start balancing your hair by viewing the Product Review page on a list of shampoos and conditioners that have either a moisturizer or protein.
  2. Moisturizing and sealing it into your hair is key.  Shiny hair does not equal moisturized hair.  The tighter your curl pattern, the drier your hair becomes.  This is why endless oils and hair creams have been in our hair story since we can remember.  Again, hair sheen and shine serums are NOT moisturizing, but actually are rather drying to your hair. The drying agent to avoid on the ingredient list is SD Alcohol.  The secret is to moisturize your hair and then to seal it everyday with a light oil.  Sealing the moisture in your hair is key.  View the Product Review section on the favorites on good moisturizers and sealants.
  3. Limit your relaxers.  We all were brought up with the rule.  Right when you see new growth, around every six to eight weeks, it's time to get a relaxer.  The result?  Thin, see-through, lifeless hair that is probably brittle and breaking.  The fact is we're scared of our natural texture.  That's another article, but the secret is to minimize how many times you get a relaxer.  Start small.  Maybe wait eight week's before you get your next one.  Then ten.  Then twelve.  Before you know it, challenge yourself to go as long as three months or longer.  You'll know your hair's limit on this, but it is an almost guarantee that you will begin to see stronger and thicker hair.  Not to mention an increasing amount of length if you do this.  There will be great ideas on styling when you are in between your relaxers so don't worry.  Ideas will be posted in the future.
  4. Minimal to no direct heat.  This one's a little hard, but if you commit to this rule, you will see your hair flourish.  If you don't, you will see your hair dry, damaged, and breaking.  Direct means limiting curling irons, flat irons, and blow driers.  The heat that is considered good heat is a hooded drier or indirect heat.  This heat is great for deep conditioning and roller sets.    
  5. Deep Conditioning.  Every time you wash, you should deep condition.  View the Product Review for more on great deep conditioners.
  6. Commit and Be Patient!  
  7. Take Pictures and Document Your Progress.  Every time you get a relaxer, take a picture of your progress.  This will help you to stay on track.  There will be days when you feel your hair isn't growing.  Just take a look at all the pictures you've taken on your progress and you will be surprised to see the growth again.  This will help to keep you on track!
A great author on hair education is Audrey Sivasothy.  She has incredible knowledge and very useful information.  Check out her profile and her many articles here.

So now that you've read the rules, are you ready to have beautiful, long hair?  If you'd like a personal consultation and start your journey, feel free to go to the Contact Me Button on the Home Page.

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