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Growing hair and All natural hair products?

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 2:24:31 PM PDT
Renee Hantz says:
Barbary Fig Seed Oil 100% Pure Organic 15 ml (0.5 fl oz)

I have been using this all natural oil that is supposed to be a lot better than argan oil, and OMG my hair never felt so soft and healthy. I highly recommend it!!

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 1:39:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2012 1:47:24 PM PDT
My favorite natural products are Bazaar of India's Amal Oil (I sometimes use the Brahmi for strenghtening) and BWC (Beauty without Crulety) daily leave-in conditioner. The BWC is creamy, non-greasy or sticky, works really well on my relaxed hair. I also love the ingredients in it, which also includes biotin. Although it does smell a bit herbaceous when I first put it on, the smell fades once it starts to dry. Even though it's not natural, I also use Hayashi 911 Emergency Pak, which has a collagen protein, and do that once to two times month (if I don't use Brahmi). It seems to help with porosity issues, but everyone's different.

With the Amla oil, I mainly use it before I shampoo, or when I plan to go on a massive detangling mission haha. Bazaar's is the only mineral-free one I've found. It stinks, but it really softens and moisturizes my hair. I just put a small amount on my scalp during those times and massage it for a few minutes, leaving it alone for a few minutes more; once I rinse it'll cover the rest of my hair before I wash it out. I try to use it every other week with my other deep conditioners, or just on its own. Depends on how lazy I'm feeling or what I think my hair needs.

I also like to use olive oil in the summer on my ends and when I don't plan to use heat--just a small, small amount while my hair is damp (not sopping wet) and usually after I apply BWC. I will smooth it over the rest of my hair after that, which prevents it from making my hair greasy. It seems to help seal in the moisture, and waiting for it to be damp or slightly on the dry side helps to ensure my hair doesn't get water logged. I also try to do a diluted vinegar rinse every week or two, which also conditions and clarifies the hair, restores the pH, and gets out any moisture-blocking ingredients out, like silicones, oils, minerals, etc.

I just told someone else on here this too, but a shower filter head may also help. Once I moved to the current location, my hair/scalp went crazy due to the water, drying out and frizzing beyond belief. It really helped matters, and the products I use seemed to work better, likely due to fewer minerals being deposited on my hair (we don't have chlorine, which is drying too). There are different types, so it may take researching what may be going on with your water, if anything, before deciding on one. Seems there are plenty that focus on chlorine, if that's part of the problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 1:09:06 AM PST
I'm not sure if you still need this or not but my hair sounds a lot like yours (except my hair is thinner not thick and doesn't hold heat well-but it does soak up everything like a sponge and it was dull and breaking a lot, my ends were brittle and frizzy). First thing first...washing your hair is actually a good thing (water is a natural moisturizer). I wash about once every three days...the key is to use a brush (like this: Denman Styling Brush, Heavy Weight, 9-Row doesn't have to be this exact one), a detangler, a clarifying shampoo (I like suave-it's feels wonderful), moisturizing and protein conditioners, moisturizers, leave-in's and oils. It sounds like a lot but it's not. And once you find staples and a regime it gets really easy. I use Regis Design Line leave in conditioner (it's amazing!) and it acts as a detangler and my moisturizer for that day unless I'm experiencing a lot of dryness. Natural, pure oils are awesome for the hair. Grapeseed is great as a heat protector but you can mix different kinds for the best results (you can research to find which are best together). Protein and moisturizing conditioners are were things really get hard because you'll have to experiment to find what works best for your hair. I personally really like DermOrganic, which you can find here on amazon. My ends are actually less frizzy since I started using it. I use Mane and Tail as my protein conditioner if I have a lot of breakage that won't stop after a wash or two. It'll take some time but if you can find the right products, you should see results probably before a month is over with.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 4:32:51 PM PDT
I am also wondering why no one is mentioning beauty 4 ashes as a good natural hair product line. Does anyone have any experience with their products?

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 3:55:52 PM PDT
what type of oil is best in the brahmi family? There are so many oils in this family. I'm not clear which one is best to use. I have bald spots in the front and I experienced a bad relaxer years ago and never quite figured out how to treat my sensitive scalp and damaged follicles. I am getting it right now I think with conditioning shampoos and natural conditioners-coconut oil, honey, aloe, vegetable glycerin.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2011 4:35:30 AM PST
RW says:
I have thick, relaxed hair that is nearly mid-back length and I can tell you some things that work for me. I would agree with agree with Michelle that you should first eliminate sulfate shampoos. When I used them, my hair was always dry, hard to manage, and breakage-prone. I now use an all-natural shampoo called Shea Moisture Moisture Retention once a week. However, if you don't use all all-natural products (which I don't, though most of my products are natural), you will need to use a clarifying shampoo at times. Clarifying shampoos remove build-up from the hair that can weigh you hair down and limit the effectiveness of hair products because they can't fully penetrate the hair shaft due to build-up. It should be used once a month. All-natural and regular shampoos cannot remove all build-up.

I also want to note that while relaxers are very strong, they will not adversely affect the condition of your hair if relaxed hair is cared for properly. A lot of people relax their hair, then continue their normal routine. This is why so many people with relaxed hair also have short hair. (My hair was neck length in high school because I didn't know how to care for my relaxed hair). There are things that everyone who relaxes their hair needs to do to lessen the adverse effects that relaxers have on the hair. One of these things is protein treatments. I use a strong protein treatment every six weeks (no more than this, because too much protein will make you hair become dry and break off) and a week before a relaxer to strengthen my hair before the process. I use a product called Aphogee Two-Step. It is important to use a good moisturizing deep conditioning immediately after using products like this to prevent breakage from using a strong protein treatment.

Another important part of maintaining relaxed hair is removing the calcium deposits left on the hair after relaxing. These can cause dryness and breakage. You will need to use a chelating shampoo about a week after relaxing to remove the calcium deposits. Some shampoos are both chelating and clarifying, one of which is Nexxus Aloe Rid, which I use. Organic Roots Stimulator Creamy Aloe is another.

I would also recommend deep conditioning once a week after shampooing. (I love, love, love Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner. It's all-natural and the best conditioner I've ever used). As far as a moisturizer, a good all-natural one is SheaMoisture Restorative Conditioner, which can be used as a leave-in or rinse-out conditioner. However, my favorite is Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness Leave-in. It doesn't weigh my hair down and leaves it soft and moisturized. Lastly, I want to emphasize how great oil is. It can be used to seal moisture in (use it after moisturizing) and improve the condition of the hair. My favorite oil is extra virgin coconut oil in combination with a tiny bit of castor oil (which is supposed to thicken the hair when applied to the scalp). This always leaves my hair soft and shiny.

Oh, and low manipulation is the way to go! My hair grew the longest (from neck length to past my shoulders) when I wore it in protective updos most of the time. This was a long post, but I hope you found it helpful!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2011 10:01:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2011 10:02:11 AM PST

Define Natural. Are there types of products you are trying to avoid? What type of hair do you have? I am a 3b and went relaxer free.

My stylist cuts, colors, straightens it with a blow dryer and curls it but at home I do a Modified Curly Girl routine I put together myself.

When I still used relaxer I transitioned to organic products like David Babaii for WildAid, the Alterna Bamboo line and MOP (Modern Organic Products).

Remember to be careful/avoid of products that are designed to add volume (because you pay to relax and tame the texture and volume) and contain heavy oils (mineral) and non-water soluble silicones. If in doubt check with the stylist who relaxes your hair.

Good luck. Remember there are a lot of new options if you ever want to save your money and go natural.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 9:29:19 AM PST
Actually my hair isn't natural, it's relaxed. I was looking for all natural products not for natural hair. I don't wash my hair a lot, maybe once every week and a half otherwise it's dull. my hair just holds heat so i don't need heat to style more than that.

thanks for the product recommendations

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 8:11:19 PM PST
all natural hair products:
The entire Aubrey Organics line is all natural, and so is the SheaMoisture line. So is the Hugo Naturals line. Darcy's Botanicals is natural too, but some of their products contain fragrance so I don't buy it. (because "fragrance" is a chemical, so its not all natural. plus, I'm allergic to it.)
Organic Excellence is also an all natural product line, but its pretty expensive. I love their shampoo though so I spend the extra money. Everything else I buy, and the lines i listed above are all under $15, the SheaMoisture line is all $9.99.
I would say go buy:
1- Aubrey Organics Honeysucle Rose conditioner
2- Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
3- Some unrefined Shea Butter
4- Shea Moisture's Deep Treatment Masque

and you should see a huge difference in your hair

Also, stop washing it a lot. the manipulation of combing your hair everyday is damaging. Once a week is good, just use a gentle shampoo and focus on the scalp.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2011 8:44:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2011 9:03:41 PM PST
Avoid all cleansing products containing sulfates. It seems like you are dealing with breakage in addition to hair fallout and slow growth. For your naturally curly hair, use cleansing conditioners in place of shampoo. Allow your hair to air dry and avoid all heated styling tools. Relaxers are also bad news. The chemicals in relaxers, perms and colorings raise the cuticle of the hair. Repeated uses keep the cuticle from laying down flat anymore, therefore the moisture that it is supposed to be holding in evaporates creating dry, fragile hair. To help encourage good growth and decrease fallout use olive oil or brahmi/amla oil Amla Hair Oil - 8 fl. oz.,(Bazaar of India) to massage into the scalp every evening before bed. Internally, make sure you are getting plenty of B vitamins, especially Biotin. For a spritzer to help tame fly aways, make your hair soft and silky, or just to revitalize it, mix 1 tsp aloe vera gel, 1/4 tsp jojoba oil and a drop or two of lavender oil or tea tree oil per one cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well then spritz hair and scrunch curls in . Allow to air dry. This mixture may be used as often as you like. I hope this helps!

Initial post: Feb 14, 2011 1:10:15 AM PST
When I was younger I had long lustrous hair that used to to cascade down my back. Every year it has gotten shorter and now it's just a little past the ears. My hair is thick and holds heat. I only need to flat iron it once to keep it styled after washing. I looking for a way to get my hair back to how it was when I was younger. My hair soaks up everything you put into it like a sponge but it gets dry easily.

I need a daily moisturizer that I can use that's not greasy. One that doesn't have mineral oil in it. I used a sample styling lotion that came with my relaxer, the first ingredient in mineral oil and it dried my hair out within hours. My ends were brittle and frizzy.

What can I do to get my hair healthy, strong and long again?
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