Curly Girl Method Wavy Hair

Curly Girl Method Wavy Hair
Curly Girl Method Wavy Hair

Wavy hair isn’t the same as curly hair. Of course, we wavies do still have every right to say we’re wearing our hair in its ‘natural’ state. But because of the nature of our loose curls, aka waves, we have a separate set of needs from our curly sisters. The Curly Girl Method was all started with the famous Lorraine Massey’s “The Curly Girl Handbook”. Definitely read the book before starting,

or at the same time as starting at least. It gives great insight and will help you troubleshoot along the way.

Not only is this method a special way to care for wavy and curly hair to bring out its natural curl with less frizz, but it’s also a lifestyle and mindset change. It’s a journey and takes lots of patience and perseverance to stick with it through the bad wash days and products that flop.

  • The curly girl method is basically a set of standards to follow, such as processes, key ingredients, and fine techniques.

     

  • The Curly Girl Method is a process of styling and washing your wavy hair to get more defined softer, healthier curls and waves.

     

  • It pretty much works for anyone who has frizzy, waves, and curls.

     

  • It’s basically using silicone and sulfate-free products, washing less often, adding in lots of hydration, styling hair when it’s sopping wet in the shower, using a towel that is made up of microfiber, to squeeze out most of the water, letting it dry to count as “crunchy” the hard cast gel creates and then scrunching it out to get soft curls.

Check out this video for a tutorial


 

When applying the CG Method for wavy hair you just need to make a few changes.

  1. You will need to use a low-poo and clarifying shampoo more often than curly types. Some wavies don’t ever co-wash.

     

  2. Deep condition less often.

     

  3. Use more water during the styling process to get good clumps.

     

  4. Use very light products and even sometimes fewer products.

     

  5. Use a diffuser to help with volume and to for tighter curl pattern.

     

  6. Understand that your hair may never be curly and might stay wavy and learn to embrace how beautiful your waves are.

There are two common ingredients that CG Method followers avoid:

1. Sulfates

Sulfates are very harsh detergents that make your curls dry and frizzy. Sulfates are necessary for eliminating product build-up caused by non-water soluble silicones, which are polymers that wrap the hair making it appear shinier and helping in detangling.

Some curlies choose to eliminate sulfates completely, while others use them as little as possible for clarifying washes. 

2. Silicones

Silicones can be found in many detangling and styling products because they can provide slip and shine, however, while applying silicones to hairs frequently, it can lead to buildup that requires sulfates to be removed. This means that if you are avoiding sulfates, you will also need to ditch silicones.

Methods to Style and Wash on Curly Girl Method 

1. Cleanse your hairs:

Depending on what your hair and scalp needs, you can wash with a co-wash, low-poo, or clarifying shampoo that is free of sulfates and non-water soluble silicones.

When you first start, you will need to do what is called a final wash. This is the last wash you will do with sulfates to remove all the buildup and silicones in the hair to start fresh.

2. Condition your hairs:

Again, depending on how much moisture your hair needs is the type of conditioner you will use. If your hair is really dry you’ll need a thicker, heavier conditioner than others.

There is also a leave-in conditioner, which pretty much everyone needs. Leave-in provides the lasting moisture in waves and curls to prevent frizzing and encourage the curl.

3. Enhance:

Once you’ve cleaned and conditioned your hair, it’s time for the styling products. When layering products, I always start from lightest to heaviest products. For low porosity curls that get easily weighed down, mousses and foams are great to curl enhancers.

I nearly always use a mousse! Other options are milk, lotions, and creams. None of which work particularly well on my hair, but that’s not to say it won’t work on yours.

4. Define & Hold:

The final step in a good curly hair routine is something to seal everything in, define your curls and hold them in place. For this, you can use a gel, jelly or custard. I often use custard and a gel, if I want great clumps and hold.

But again, this is where some people get confused because of a tricky ingredient called glycerin. This is a humectant usually high up on the ingredients lists of many gels, but it can cause frizz in humid environments. 

5. Style your hairs:

This is the trickiest part. There are so many styling methods and products. Apply styling products to wet hair before drying. There are different ways to apply like scrunching it in, raking it in, smoothing it over, etc. You can try using different methods.

  • You can use curl creams, custards, mousse, and/or gel. Make sure to not touch your hair at all while it is drying. You want it to dry hard and crunchy, then you can scrunch out the crunchy hard cast to get soft curls.

     

  • Use a cotton t-shirt, microfiber towel, or flour sack towel to plop dry your hair.

     

  • If you need to dry faster, use a diffuser on low heat.

     

  • Use a hair buff or a silk pillowcase to help keep the look going longer and prevent friction or tangles.

Coloring Your Hair on – CURLY GIRL METHOD

Now at some point, you would like to quit coloring your hair but unfortunately, those pesky greys have started to grow. The first thing you need to do then- 

  • Understanding your hair condition, try to cut it back slightly so as not to take out all the good effort I’ve put in with the cgm method.

     

  • If your hair is already colored from before then leave about one inch of your root colored as long as possible between colors.

     

  • Colour only the top section and around the hairline if you do not have grey underneath.

     

  • You can try putting the color that is a close match to your own natural hair color so that it lasts longer before you see the roots.

     

  • You can use a purple conditioner that will gently neutralize any gold tones in your hair and there are some that are cgm friendly in the market.

     

  • After rinsing out the colour try to get rid of as much of the silicone as possible and don’t be scared to shampoo this out.

     

  • Use a sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate shampoo which is no more drying than what a color eventually does to your hair. Always immediately after coloring do an intensive conditioner.

The Do’s and Don’ts of the Curly Girl Method

There are several hair care techniques and common styling tools that people use on a daily basis that can cause their hair to quickly become damaged. Now If you’re an active user of the Curly Girl Method, you’ll know that the process often encourages protective styling for this very reason.

  • The first thing that you should do is throw away your shampoos, hairbrushes, combs, picks, and stop using any heat styling tools. There is one exception to using heat styling, as the method allows the use of a hairdryer with a diffuser.

     

  • Although, generally speaking,  you should avoid heat styling tools and the following products:

     

  • Traditional shampoos

     

  • Flat irons, blow dryers, hair steamers, hot combs, and other heat styling tools.

     

  • Hairbrushes and combs

     

  • Sulfates, especially products containing sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and sodium Laureth sulfate.

     

  • Products containing alcohol.

These products on the hair are harsh and can make it look dry and sluggish. If you have these products at home, donate them to someone else or toss them in the trash because you are not going to need them when following the Curly Girl Method for Wavy Hair.

 

Products You Should Start Using

 

  • Gentle sulfate-free cleanser

     

  • Botanical conditioner (should include high concentrations of plant-based ingredients, like mint, lemongrass, and rosemary)

     

  • Alcohol, paraben, phthalates and silicone-free hair gel

     

  • The goal is to create a hair care regimen that includes gentle products promoting healthy hair. These products are “compliant” with the Curly Girl Method for Wavy Hair.

Bottom Line:

The hair of everybody is different, but the results should be noticeable in 3 to 4 weeks in general. We encourage you to take at least weekly photos to track your results. Remember not to give up in the middle while trying the curly girl method.

The curly girl technique isn’t a cult that doesn’t have to be complicated and is just a guideline on how to take care of your hair. If you one day use a product that has silicone in it by mistake it won’t hurt. The main thing is you are aware and you are looking after your hair. Most of the wavy hair method is technique and results can differ depending on your hair type.

How To Grease Hairs – 9 Steps

hair growth grease
hair growth grease

In the book Hair Story written by Lori Tharps and Ayanna Byrd, there is an extensive look at the history of hair care practices among black Americans.

During the time of slavery, black people no longer had access to palm oil that the natives use to take care of their hair.

So they started to use another cheap oil-based product that was handy for them like bacon grease or the use of home-made butter to soften and condition their hair. They started to prepare it later for straightening, hair growth and make it shine. In the present time, the use of grease still continues to be used among that native black Americans to add shine and hair growth also to protect the hair from the hot comb and lubricate the scalp.

Greasing your hair has been a much-debated topic among the natural hair community. For a few people, it has given wonders by sealing in moisture, helping in hair growth and keeping their hair soft. Also for others, it has not been so good making their hair weighs down or clogged pores and caused breakage.

If you are keen on applying or adding hair grease to your normal hair care regimen try to always apply it after using your regular moisturizer. One more thing that you’ll need to do is being extra vigilant with your shampoo and conditioning routine to prevent the build-up of grease, and try to never apply grease on your scalp.

Tips on how to apply Hair Growth Grease on your hairs

Step 1 - Apply Shampoo and condition

  • Since we already know that the use of grease might weigh your hair down and may cause excess buildup on your scalp, so make sure you start with a clean and moisturized scalp. 

  • Go with your regular hair washing routine before you apply hair grease on your hairs.

  • Later make sure you have rinsed your hair thoroughly removing any kind of residue of grease.

Step 2 - Use of microfiber towel to soak up moisture

  • After you wash your hair try to squeeze it gently as much as you can with a microfiber towel or an old cloth to remove the excess amount of moisture. 

  • Try to not be too rough with your hair while you squeeze it since this might end up causing frizz and tangles.

  • Don’t use terry cloth towels, since that can cause breakage and hair damage.

Step 3 - Air-dry until it’s slightly damp

  • Grease can be utilized best when your hair is still very damp, so try to let your hair air-dry first.
     
  • Grease is also useful to lock in the moisture from your damp locks.

  • If you don’t have time, you can quickly blow-dry your hair rather than waiting for air-drying it.

Step 4 - Use of leave-in conditioner or cream moisturizer

  • In real, grease by itself doesn’t moisturize your hair contrary to whatever myth you have heard. In fact, it actually acts as a sealant to keep the moisture of your hair locked in. 

  • Try applying a leave-in conditioner or maybe your favorite cream moisturizer product that you regularly use to your hair.

  • Keep in mind to use a water-based moisturizer for better results.

Step 5 - Separate your hair into small sections

  • The size of the sections is up to you, but usually, 1 in (2.5 cm) sections will work just fine. 

  • You can pin your hair up and let down the small sections one at a time, or you can just separate the sections with your fingers as you go along.

Step 6 - Scoop up a minimal amount of grease up with your fingers

  • Grease can be very heavy and concentrated. A little goes a long way and it’s very easy to over-apply it. Take a tiny dab on your finger and start to work your way up to while using more when you need it.

  • Use gentle fingers and light touch if you have fine and straight hair. as we know excess use of grease might weigh light and fine hair down and also cause breakage.

  • Nowadays you can buy hair grease at any beauty supply stores or on online marketing

Step 7 - Spread a light layer of grease over each section

  • Smooth up the grease on your hair by lightly pinching the hair in your fingers. Then glide your fingers down the straight lengths to the ends. 

  • Be warned not to get grease on your scalp. You only need to grease the hair itself, so try to start near the roots, but not directly at the roots themselves.

  • Using grease directly to the scalp might result in heavy buildup and heavy lifeless dull locks.

  • Work systematically from one side of your head to the other so that you get even coverage.

Step 8 - Follow up with your usual styling product and procedure

  • One of the main benefits of hair grease is that it will allow you to create beautiful styles that are is also touchably soft. 
  • Once you’ve applied your styling product, let your hair finish air-drying or blow dry it, then style it as you normally would. 

  • The barrier made by grease will prevent your styling product or hair gel from getting too hard and crunchy on your hair.

Step 9 - Remove the grease by using a clarifying shampoo

  • Grease can be notoriously clingy and tough to strip from your hair, but the use of clarifying shampoos will help you to do the trick. 

  • Gently massage a little amount of good clarifying shampoo in your hair lengths and smoothly work your way up to your scalp.

  • After having a good scrub, rinse all the shampoo away with lukewarm water as you normally would and use a moisturizing conditioner.

Is greasing your scalp the solution?

We put a lot of emphasis on the scalp when it comes to the use of grease and oil. In addition to all the historical references, use of grease to the scalp comes from the high belief that if your scalp is flaky or dry, adding a bit of grease will cure all the dryness and get rid of your flakes, but this practice can actually make the scalp condition worse. 

  • Grease might provide a temporary bit of shine or give the appearance where you might fill that the flakes have disappeared, but in fact, the grease can clog your hair follicles or might accumulate on the scalp.
     
  • It can also plaster flakes to your scalp while making the existing scalp condition get worse. 

  • If you are going through experiencing the symptoms of a flaky scalp or dry scalp, it can be the result of the dysfunction of the sebaceous glands or an imbalance in your scalp’s pH. 

  • It is important to first consult with someone about the cause of the symptoms and from there you will be given recommendations that can effectively treat the symptoms and give you long term results.

  • If you are going to apply something to the scalp to assist in balancing the pH of the scalp for your hair growth you should know how to manage grease in your hair.

How to Manage Grease Hair?

1. To avoid buildup try to shampoo your hair for at least once in a week

  • One of the side effects of grease is that it might build up easily and tends to attract a lot more dirt to your hair. Eventually, this leads to clogged pores, hair damage, scalp irritation, and other issues.

     

  • If you work out frequently, you’ll need to wash your hair more often. How much you wash your hair totally depends on how much you usually sweat during workouts.

2. Say no to hair grease on your scalp

  • It’s a total myth that you should apply grease to your scalp. Doing so can irritate your skin, block your pores, create buildup, and possibly even prevent hair growth and cause breakage.

     

  • Try applying grease carefully only to the lengths of your hair and not in the roots.

3. Don’t use hair grease if experiencing hair breakage

  • Grease isn’t an ideal product for everyone’s hair. It may work great for some people, and for others, it may cause nothing but problems.

     

  • If you notice that your freshly moisturized hair is breaking, it may be due to the heaviness of the grease. 

For better hair growth the regular use of slathering oils or greasing the scalp on tight coils or curly strands has historical roots with black Americans.

However, since we have become more knowledgeable about the benefits of essential oils, oiling the scalp has also become a common practice that can be seen among people of all ethnicities who try to maintain a healthy scalp.

What is better for hair growth Grease or Oil?

Although the terms “grease” and “oil” are oftentimes used synonymously, for the purpose of this article I am going to define both of these terms because they will actually represent two of the different categories of hair products.

Grease

Oil

Grease is a term used to describe heavy pomades that are thick inconsistency.

Whereas oils are relatively lighter than grease and are always produced in a liquid form.

In Grease the typical ingredients found are like mineral oil and petroleum.

Whereas in Oils the ingredients are naturally taken from trees, roots or flowers that can be absorbed into the scalp and hair. 

Honey Hair Mask – 7 DIY Recipes and Benefits

honey hair mask
honey hair mask
Source: Kiplinger.com

We all know honey to be an alternative sweetener that has contributed immensely to our healthier lifestyle. But did you know that slathering the sticky, sweet goodness onto your hair could also help your hair growth moisten and condition?

Maybe, some of you probably would have known from before that honey has conditioning properties. But it would definitely come as a  surprise that it’s also a great ingredient for boosting your hair growth? Honey, being an emollient, is one of the favorite ingredients that can be used in hair masks.

 

BENEFITS OF HONEY FOR HAIR GROWTH

  • Honey seals moisture in your hair while keeping it conditioned. This gradually reduces the breakage of hair, which is often a huge cause for giving slower hair growth.

  • It has rich antioxidant properties that prevent damage, keeping your scalp and hair healthy.

  • Honey strengthens the hair follicles, curbing hair fall.

  • Honey also comprises antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. This prevents infections of the scalp and soothes problems such as eczema, dandruff,  and psoriasis, enabling unhindered growth of the hair.

  • Through getting rid of impurities, honey also cleans the hair follicles.This minimal clogging comes as a reason for hair loss often.

  • By using honey as a heavy hair care ingredient will not only boosts hair growth but will also stimulate hair re-growth from the dormant follicles.

 

If you are suffering from a heavy damaged or dry hair, honey will definitely help. Since its a natural humectant, honey naturally attracts moisture. It’s also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles that house the live part of the hair, encouraging hair growth.

While defining its best, for added benefits honey needs a medium to help your hairs spread it around, otherwise, you can just end up with a sticky mess, so the mask includes other natural ingredients and essential oils that will help you restore dry hair to a healthy and luster, from the scalp up.

Honey Hair Mask - DIY Recipes

1. Honey and Olive Oil Hair Mask

Honey and Olive Oil hair mask are believed to be the best combination to treat your dry, dull, and damaged hair. It will help keep the scalp moisture and hair nourished and conditioned from root to tip.

Ingredients:

  • One bowl
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Olive oil
  • Plastic Cap

Method:

  • Take a bowl and mix the honey and Olive oil until it blends together neatly.
  • Heat the mixture in a microwave for 30 seconds
  • Apply the mixture evenly all over your hair, in a circular motion
  • Wear the plastic cap from stopping it to drip
  • Let it stay for about 30 minutes
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water followed by your regular shampoo
  • Try to repeat the method for at least twice a week for good results for your hair.

2. Banana and Honey Hair Mask

Are you looking for a natural hair conditioner? Try using the banana honey hair mask for a deeply hydrated, nourished, and conditioned hair & scalp.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Olive oil

Method:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl & make a smooth paste
  • Apply evenly all over the scalp & hair
  • Let it sit for 20-30 minutes
  • Rinse it gently with lukewarm water followed by your regular mild shampoo
  • Repeat this method for at least once a week for your desired results

3. Egg and Honey Hair Mask

Need effective home remedies for dandruff and hair fall? How about trying egg and honey for hair that will not only help combat the problem of dandruff but also strengthen the hair follicles and promote the growth of strong and nourished hair.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • ½ cup Honey

Method:

  • Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and add ½ cup, honey.
  • Mix them well until a smooth and consistent mixture is blended.
  • Massage the mask gently with your fingers on the roots and scalp of your hair and try to spread it evenly all over the scalp.
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Rinse it off with water followed by shampoo
  • Repeat 3-4 times a month for better results

4. Avocado and Honey Hair Mask

Avocado contains antioxidants that help in preventing hair damage, boosting scalp health and nourish & condition the hair from root to the tip.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe Avocado (mashed)
  • ½ cup Honey

Method:

  • Mix the two together in a bowl
  • Apply evenly all over the scalp & hair
  • Let it sit for 20 minutes
  • Rinse it gently off with cold water and wash it with your regular mild shampoo
  • Repeat the procedure at least once a week for more effective results

5. Yogurt and Honey Hair Mask

Yogurt and honey hair mask is an effective remedy for dandruff and hair fall. The citric acid present in yogurt helps in fighting dandruff and rejuvenating your hair while honey strengthens them and promote the growth of thick and strong hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ cup Honey

Method:

  • Mix the two ingredients in a blender until it forms a fine smooth mask
  • Wear a glove and gently spread the mask with your fingers evenly all over your scalp and hair.
  • Let it stay for 20 minutes
  • Wash it gently with your regular mild shampoo in lukewarm water.
  • Repeat at least once a week, over a period of time, for better results

6. Coconut Oil and Honey Hair Mask

Coconut oil is known to be a vital agent for hair nourishment and growth. It is packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for hair follicles and for the betterment of hair quality and texture.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ½ cup Honey

Method:

  • Mix the two ingredients in a bowl
  • Massage the hair and scalp thoroughly with the mix
  • Let it stay for 20 minutes
  • Rinse off gently with lukewarm water and use your regular mild shampoo and conditioner
  • Repeat the process for at least twice a week for added desired results

7. Potato, Honey and Egg Yolk Hair Mask

Potato juice can be an excellent remedy for your hair growth. Combine them with the goodness of honey and egg yolk and the result you will get is thick, naturally conditioned, soft, and damage-free hair.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bowl
  • 3 tbsp juice of freshly grated potato
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp honey

Method:

  • Take a bowl and gently blend the egg yolk and honey with the potato juice in it.
  • Stir till all the ingredients have come together to make a smooth mix.
  • Apply the mix gently with your fingers all over the scalp region and hair.
  • Leave it to dry for 1 hour.
  • Wash it off with mild shampoo.
  • Repeat the method for at least once a week to get the desired results.

Things to know before using Honey in Your Hair

  • Stick to raw organic honey. If needed warm the honey little bit, but keep in mind that the ultra-pasteurized clear products you buy at the local supermarket or online market really don’t have many benefits.

  • Try adding some honey to your regular shampoo or conditioner if you don’t feel like making up a separate treatment.

  • Avoid using harsh products and also heat treatment like using a straightener for your hair in your daily routine. 

  • Be aware of the type of hair that you have. Applying honey and olive oil to the thin, limp, hair that is always prone to getting oily will probably just make your hair greasier and heavier.

  • There’s no need to use these treatments every day. Once or twice every week can be sufficient for your hair care.

  • You need to be patient and understand that applying honey masks to your dry and damaged hair is not going to restore them to a perfect condition right away.

Much of what you see in stores are just different ratios of basically the same stuff with different fragrances. By using honey, you always know what you’re getting every time, and personally, you will love the results.

You might like to think that your hair is fairly healthy overall, but since the dry winter months are coming up, having a little extra conditioning and moisture are always wanted.

Herbs For Hair Growth – 10 Best Herbs

herbs for hair growth
herbs for hair growth

Hair loss is a common concern for many men and women. There might be many reasons where your hair may fall out, from vitamin deficiencies, genetics or due to hormone changes.

Some medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, may also cause hair to thin or fall out. Discovering that you’re losing your hair can cause you to panic, stress, and confusion as to what you should do. With so many products in the market that promise hair growth, it can sometimes be hard to make a choice.

While many products promise the goodness of herbs, it is impossible to know the effects of a product on your scalp, considering all the chemicals that go into making it. So why not just turn to the herbs? There’s no magic therapy for growing hair, but few types of research have proved that few herbs may slow hair loss and also help promote new hair growth. 

The use of herbs to treat hair fall and promote hair growth has been common practice for centuries before commercial products were even thought of. While many market products assure the goodness of natural ingredients, they may come loaded with chemical properties. This makes the use of herbs a preferred solution.

There are many different herbs that can be used for hair growth, and each of them has unique properties that make them highly ideal ingredients to include in your daily hair care regime for hair growth.

10 Best Herbs you will need for hair growth

1. Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Amla, also known as the Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit loaded with vitamin C and several other antioxidants that help with collagen production. Vitamin C present in it boosts the rate of hair growth and ensures strong hair growth. For added benefits use dry Amla powder with coconut oil and apply gently to your hair.

You can even try to combine the dry amla powder with water or any other essential oil to form a mask. The paste can be applied to your hair as a hair mask. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.

2. Chinese hibiscus or Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis

Chinese hibiscus is an evergreen shrub. It’s edible, and vibrant flowers are often used to make herbal tea. Hibiscus is believed to help stimulate hair follicles rapidly also increasing follicle size which ultimately leads to the increase of hair growth.

3. Reetha or Soap Nuts

Reetha is a well known natural herb that tops the list in Ayurveda as a natural ingredient that promotes hair growth. Reetha, also commonly known as soap nuts, are a kind of dried fruit or nuts that is used as a whole or in a powder form.

The Reetha tree fruits have been used to make soaps for a very long time, and this is where their name, soap nuts were derived from. Reetha is soaked in boiling water, and the resulting liquid is used to clean hair. It is an effective cure for hair fall.

4. Henna

You might know henna is commonly for hair coloring, but it will come as a surprise that it also works wonders for the health of your hair. It has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and astringent properties. It removes excess oils from the scalp, preventing clogging. Henna leaves are powdered, mixed with water, and rested for a few hours. The paste is then applied to the hair and left in for a couple of hours. It is rinsed off with water.

5. Brahmi

Brahmi a popular natural herb can be used in powder form and oil to stop hair fall and make hair thicker and healthier. Brahmi, also called bacopa, is a creeping herb used in Ayurveda medicine. It contains alkaloids that are thought to activate hair growth proteins. The powder is mixed with water to form a paste and is applied to the hair and scalp for an hour. A head massage with Brahmi oil is the perfect stress-buster that reduces hair loss. 

6. Neem

Neem oil boosts the rate of hair growth and increases the tensile strength of the hair shafts, making them silky and adding shine. It reduces hair loss and irritation of the scalp. Neem leaf pastes can be used as conditioning packs to nourish the scalp and prevent dryness and flaking.

7. Horsetail

Horsetail is a very effective ingredient that is used for promoting hair growth and maintaining the health of your hair scalp. It improves circulation and stimulates blood vessels. Mixing two parts water with one part of dried horsetail will give you a mask that can be applied to your hair. It Improves circulation by stimulating blood vessels and increases the tensile strength of hair fall.

8. Bhringraj

This is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that has been in use for centuries in India. Bhringraj has been used for a long time to treat hair loss and to rejuvenate the scalp. You can use this herb by adding Bhringraj powder to a carrier oil and then applying the mixture to your hair. If you have fresh Bhringraj leaves, grind them and apply the paste directly onto your hair.

9. Lavender

Lavender is known for its distinctive but pleasant aroma. It is used in hair care for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is a natural insect repellent that protects the hair from lice. You can use lavender essential oil by adding a few drops to a carrier oil of your choice. 

10. Comfrey

Comfrey is one of the best herbs for hair growth and its extract is used for detangling hair. It consists of minerals and vitamins that assist in healthy and strong hair growth. Comfrey soothes and stimulates the hair scalp. It also is known to protect against breaking and dryness of hair.

You can use comfrey as a hair rinse by boiling one teaspoon of dried comfrey in one cup of boiling water. Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the solution. Once the solution has cooled, pour it over freshly washed hair.

How To Use Herbs for Hair Growth: 

Hair oils or popularly known nowadays as hair tonics are herbal extracts that are mixed in a carrier oil base. Some hair tonics include multiple numbers of carrier oils and herbs.

These are few popular carrier oils that can be used to make herbal oils are:

  • coconut oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • walnut oil
  • olive oil
  • mineral oil
  • jojoba oil
  • wheat germ oil

Herbal ointments, sometimes called herbal salves, are usually made by combining herbs with oil like lanolin or petroleum jelly and water. Other ingredients may include beeswax or cocoa butter. Polyherbal ointments are said to typically contain many multiple herbal extracts.

Some herbs used in polyherbal ointments are:

  1. Gooseberry or Emblica Officinalis: Gooseberry is an Ayurvedic herb. It is used for hair conditioning and hair growth.It’s also known to contain several antioxidants.

  2. Gotu kola or Centella Asiatica: Gotu kola is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs. It’s thought to increase hair length and stimulate hair growth, possibly by increasing blood circulation to the scalp.

  3. Aloe vera: Aloe vera is a tropical plant and a popular folk remedy for burns and digestive problems. It may be also used to keep the scalp conditioned and healthy which can support healthy hair growth.

  4. Holy basil or Ocimum sanctum: Holy basil is a fragrant, adaptogenic herb known for its healing properties. It may help prevent hair loss caused by dandruff and itching or changes in hormonal levels.

Herbal creams can also be made of oils and water that are infused with herbs. They contain less oil and more water than herbal ointments and are easily absorbed by your skin. Some herbs used to make herbal creams are:

  1. Giant dodder (Cuscuta reflexa Roxb):  giant dodder — a sprawling, Ayurvedic plant — helps treat alopecia caused by steroid hormones by inhibiting the 5a reductase enzyme.

  2. Bitter apple (Citrullus colocynthis): Bitter apple is a desert, fruit-bearing plant used in Ayurveda. Its dried fruit pulp is used to treat hair loss. Bitter apple contains glycosides, which are compounds thought to initiate hair growth.

  3. False Daisy (Eclipta alba): False daisy is an herb used in Ayurveda to increase hair growth. False daisy helps stimulate hair follicles and provokes a faster hair growth stage in nude mice.

  4. Night-flowering jasmine (Nyctanthes arbortristis): This small, flowering shrub is native to South Asia. Night-flowering jasmine initiated hair growth in rats and may be effective against alopecia.

You need to keep in mind that no herbal remedy can suddenly regrow a full head of hair. You should also be wary of herbal products of the market that claim to be a one-night hair growth sensation.

Researches from all over have always shown that few herbs may help strengthen hair, improve hair thickness, support scalp health, or stimulate the hair growth cycle. Still, more clinical trials are needed before herbal remedies can become a mainstream hair growth treatment for us.

How To Make Dreadlocks

how to make dreadlocks
how to make dreadlocks

The moment someone mentions ‘dreadlocks’, chances are that you’ll either visualize a rap artiste or a celebrity footballer. There is also a likelihood that you’ll associate this hairstyle with people belonging to a particular race/region. While dreadlocks have long been a favorite among those with an Afro-frizz type of hair, it has now gained global popularity. What’s more? It is equally popular with women as it is with men. In fact, some women find it way easier to maintain than any other type of hairstyle.

Why Get Dreadlocks?

As with any other popular hairstyle, getting your hair done in dreadlocks is an individual’s choice. But there may be many reasons that can inspire a person to adorn dreadlocks. They could be as follows:

1. As A Style Statement:

With dreadlocks becoming a fashion statement of late, we can see many celebrities sporting them effortlessly and with elan and grace. What makes dreadlocks even cooler is that they now go with any kind of outfits. Whether it is a chic bohemian dress, a gown, or even a tuxedo, dreadlocks blend easily with the look. Fans of celebrities who sport dreadlocks quite understandably try to emulate their idols and thus adopt this trendy hairstyle.

2. They Are Versatile:

Unlike other hairstyles, dreadlocks can be worn in a variety of ways. They can be loose or braided dreadlocks, worn up or down; or crinkly or straight. You can add your own twist to this hairstyle by streaking them with different colors or going global with one bright color. You can also embellish them with seashells, beads, jewelry, and whatnot. So, no matter how you choose to wear them, you can personalize it according to your imagination and personality. This makes you look unique and helps you stand out wherever you go!

3. Ease Of Maintenance:

As mentioned above, a lot of people prefer dreadlocks as they are easy to maintain. Most people would have tried different hairstyles before finally settling for dreadlocks. Contrary to popular misconception, dreadlocks are not dirty and can be adapted to any kind of hair – curly hair, wavy hair or even straight hair. As soon as the hair locks in, it can be shampooed and maintained like normal hair.

How To Make Dreadlocks?

Of course, the easiest way would be to get it done at a professional parlor or salon. But then, it can become an expensive affair. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it yourself at home. Creating dreadlocks, even at home, is a time-consuming process. So make sure you keep yourself free for the next 4 to 8 hours. And yes – be patient! Here’s how you can go about it:

Step 1: Before you start creating dreadlocks for yourself, first and foremost, wash your hair thoroughly with a clarifying shampoo. Our scalp produces oil naturally and this can make your hair slippery even if you had washed the hair a day before.

So, you’ll need to freshly shampoo your hair again. Do not apply any wet-hair conditioner or leave-in hair serum after that. Simply let your hair dry naturally.

Step 2: Once the hair is fully dry, brush it nicely to remove any tangles. Keep a bunch of rubber bands, both big and small and a wide-toothed comb. Start with sectioning your hair in four major sections using the wide-toothed comb.

Hold each section apart with a rubber band. Now, start sectioning your hair into small squares from the top section. You can make each square of 1-inch size to get medium-sized dreadlocks or go with ½-inch squares for small-sized ones. Complete the same steps for the remaining 3 major sections.

You can go with a combination of dreadlocks sizes, but keeping the same size will give it a neat look. Each square you make will now grow into a complete dreadlock.

Step 3: Put a rubber band around the scalp and tip of each dreadlock as you go about doing it. This will help to hold the dreadlocks in place as they grow. This is especially necessary for people with wavy hair or straight hair. But if you have an Afro-frizz type of hair, then your dreadlocks will naturally hold their position.

Step 4: Now you can apply some natural dread wax, tightening gel, locking gel, or a beeswax molding paste to your newly-created dreads. This will keep your dreads away from fraying and frizzing.

While applying such products to your dread, make sure you cover the full dread length. The whole strand should be covered with the product. If you wish to keep your dread waxed, then stick to doing so once in 2-4 weeks. However, some people totally avoid it as they believe it could hinder the natural process of dreading.

Step 5: If you don’t wish to wax your dreads, then here’s what you can do. After you have secured your dreads with rubber bands, gently start rolling them with your palms. Do this throughout the length of your dreads, from top to bottom.

You’ll start feeling them tighten in no time. The tighter your dreads get, they will start locking in faster too. However, note that this method works well for an Afro-frizz type of hair. For straight or wavy hair, it’ll take more time to tighten the dreads without using a dread wax. Even then, the dreads might not become as tight as with the other type of hair. You’ll need to keep at it for a while to get your straight or wavy hair to lock in into a perfect dread.

The steps mentioned above are for the day one of creating your dreads. Thereafter, you’ll need to try and lock in your dreads every day until you get the desired results.

Maintaining The Dreadlocks

Making dreadlocks for yourself is just one part of the job. The other important part is to maintain them well. Here’s are the key steps to maintain your dreadlocks:

1. Rolling:

From the very next day, you’ll need to roll your dreads between your palms each day. Start from the roots and roll down the length of the dreads up to the tips. Keep a sturdy hand while doing so. Also, ensure you roll in the same direction every time. Once your dreads are rolled in a particular direction, rubbing them in the opposite direction can unravel them. Regular rolling of your dreads will not only help them in locking in position quickly but will also give them a neat and smooth look.

Once the dreads lock in perfectly, continue to gently massage your dreads at the roots each day. This will promote your hair growth and the new hair will automatically grow into dreadlock knots.

2. Moisturizing:

There is a huge misconception that dreadlocks are usually dry and frizzy and don’t need moisturizing. But that isn’t true. Dreads need to be moisturized daily to prevent them from breaking. And let us not forget, all that rolling will definitely create some amount of tension of the hair strands. To naturally moisturize your dreadlocks, use natural oils like almond oil or coconut oil. Add one part of this natural oil to 3 parts of natural aloe vera juice in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray it on your dreads every morning after waking up to keep your dreadlocks hydrated.

3. Washing:

Another major misconception about dreadlocks is that they are dirty and are not washed regularly. This is incorrect. Dreadlocks can be shampooed and washed like any other hairstyle, which can be done once a week. No wonder it is considered to be easy to maintain. However, you’ll need to wait for a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks after you’ve first created your dreadlocks before starting to shampoo them. To avoid unraveling your dreads, focus on washing your scalp. So, when you rinse, the shampoo-containing water will run down the dreads and gently clean them without causing any fraying.

Useful Tips For Maintaining Dreadlocks Well

Maintaining dreadlocks in good shape is not difficult. Just follow some of these simple tips to avoid fraying or unraveling of your dreadlocks and maintain them in good shape:

  • Regularly check for frayed dreadlocks. Use your fingers to tuck in long hair strands back into the dreadlocks. For smaller hair strands, you can use a tweezer or crochet to tuck in.

  • While rubbing your roots promotes hair growth into dreadlocks, do not overdo it. This might result in unnecessary hair fall.

  • Once your dreads lock-in and become tighter, remove the rubber bands. If the rubber bands at the scalp get entangled with the hair, ask a friend to carefully cut it out.

  • While regular shampooing is good, you can try and moisturize the scalp with some apple cider vinegar once in a while. Use it as a final rinse to give some shine and bounce to your dreadlocks. But use it only once every two months as its overuse can result in excessive scalp dryness.

  • To protect your dreadlocks from getting frayed or hair fall, wrap them in a silk scarf while sleeping. This will effectively protect your dreadlocks from any kind of damage due to friction during sleep. And, do not forget spraying them with the natural oil and aloe vera moisturizing spray you created for your dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks are popular not only because they are easy to maintain, but because of their versatility too. So, whether you have Afro-frizz, wavy hair, or straight hair, you can wear them in any way that you want including streaks, global hair color, or even with embellishments. However, no matter how you choose to enhance them, make sure you keep them clean and in good shape. Because dirty dreadlocks will definitely be a huge turn off!

How To Get The Best Freeform Dreadlocks

freeform dreadlocks
freeform dreadlocks
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Hairstyle and fashion go hand-in-hand. One is not complete without the other. Therefore, we often look up to fashion weeks and runways to find out the hottest trends of the season.

One of the hairstyle trends that has made a sort of comeback (it went nowhere, anyways) on the fashion ramps with a bang are the dreadlocks. Sure, they’ve been around for ages now. However, more and more people have now started owning this hairstyle and giving it their unique twist (pun intended). If you wish to adopt this hairstyle too, then you need to understand a bit about this easy-to-maintain funky hairstyle.

What Are Freeform Dreadlocks?

Dreadlocks are usually formed when your hair clumps together in a matted kind of way. It can exist naturally or can be created as well.

Freeform dreadlocks can form naturally if you stop combing, cutting, or detangling your hair for a long time. It basically means that you need to neglect the grooming of your hair except for your regular shampooing perhaps.

This is probably the reason why natural dreadlocks are also called neglect dreadlocks, at times. It is also called freeform dreadlocks because you let the hair turn into dreads according to their will. The size of such dreads is not uniform too. This process might take some years for the hair to turn into dreadlocks.

However, if you wish to speed up the process of dreadlocks, you can go with other methods. People try methods like backcombing, twisting, cornrow braiding, or dread braiding to get the dreadlocks faster.

The locks in such methods might look uniform too since you’ll have the liberty to let them grown in a certain uniform thickness by sectioning them. But the results might wary and the dreads might look different than the natural freeform dreadlocks.

How To Get Freeform Dreadlocks?

If you wish to grow dreadlocks without the use of wax or gel on your hair, then freeform is the way to go. But for this, you’ll need clean hair and a lot of patience as freeform dreadlocks can take a lot of time to grow and show the desired results. Here’s how you can go developing them:

Step 1: The first step toward getting freeform dreadlocks is to stop grooming them and start neglecting them (in a way). Start by altogether giving up brushing your hair with a comb or brush.

You can simply use your fingers to groom your hair in the meantime. In a few days’ time, your hair will naturally start separating into various sections on their own. It might take a couple of weeks before your hair sections start becoming more distinct. You’ll need to be quite patient while your hair is developing into dreads as the time required can vary depending on the texture of your hair. If your hair is very coarse and curly, the dreadlocks might develop quickly when compared to hair that is straight, thin, or smooth.

Step 2: People often have the misconception that dreadlocks are often dirty. On the contrary, dreadlocks can be maintained well only by keeping them clean regularly. In the beginning, when your dreadlocks are yet to form, avoid washing them as frequently as you are used to.

Start off by washing your hair every two days and gradually move to wash them once a week. It might take some time to get used to it if you are in the habit of frequently washing your hair.

However, frequent hair washes can strip your hair of the natural oils and delay the formation of dreadlocks. Use shampoos that can be specifically used for dreadlocks as they do not leave behind any noticeable residue. Make sure you do not use a conditioner soon after shampooing. You’ll need to give it up altogether until you form your dreadlocks. The same goes for leave-in hair serums too. This will help your hair to form knots faster.

Step 3: Most people have oily scalps or greasy hair. Such type of hair might hinder the process of dreadlocks formation. Your hair will not get those knots naturally which is necessary to form dreads. Washing your hair is an option.

But since you don’t want to wash hair frequently, concentrate on drying and keeping your scalp clean. Soon after washing your hair, do not try to rub your hair with a towel to dry them. Instead, use a microfiber towel to gently squeeze out the water.

Try to keep your hair wrapped in the towel to help you create dreads as well as dry out any excess amount of moisture. Avoid using a blowdryer and let your hair air-dry themselves. However, if you do need to use a blowdryer, use it in cold settings. Using hot or warm settings of blowdryer can trigger the hair follicles to release more oil.

While using the blowdryer in cold settings, move it around constantly between sections of your hair. Thereafter, ensure that you try and keep your hair dry as much as possible.

Step 4: Over time, as your dreads begin to form, the dreads might probably merge with one another. Try to keep them apart by running your finger through the hair locks where the dreads seem to entangle.

Keep in mind the thickness of the dreads that you wish to have. If the thickness of a dreadlock is more than one inch, then it’ll result in fat dreads, which are also known as ‘Congos’. To section your dreads into the desired thickness, start by sectioning the hair from the scalp and then proceed to separate the hair locks if they seem to merge into fatter sections.

You’ll need to regularly maintain this sectioning by gently pulling apart any dreadlocks that seem to merge either near the scalp or through the length of the dreads.

Step 5: This is the part where your patience comes into the picture. You’ll need to wait for at least 2 years for your dreadlocks to fully form. However, this duration may vary depending upon the length of the hair.

Short hair, which is about 4 – 6 inches in length, might roughly take a year to develop freeform dreadlocks. Whereas longer hair up to shoulder length might require 2 years or more. To know if your dreadlocks have matured, try to gently pull them apart. The well-developed ones won’t come apart easily and will be knotted tightly.

The mature dreadlocks will also not change their appearance or shape anymore. Your long patient journey would have finally borne fruit as you get yourself healthy freeform dreadlocks.

 

7 Care Tips For Your Dreadlocks

Now that you have your dreadlocks in place, make sure they hold the fort by following some basic dreadlock care tips.

  1. Wash your dreadlocks only once a week and keep them dry. Excess moisture can cause them to unroll.

  2. If your scalp feels dry and itchy due to less washing or dry weather, then invest in a good brand of dread conditioner spray. Spray this conditioner on the areas on your scalp where it itches the most. The conditioner will moisturize the dry area and relieve the itching as well.

  3. To maintain your freeform dreadlocks, you can regularly check your dreadlocks for any loose strands. If you do find some loose strands, try and tuck them in with your fingers. You can also regularly try to roll them with your palms to tighten the dreadlocks.

  4. To avoid your dreadlocks from unrolling or getting messed up during your sleep, wear a silk scarf when you go to bed. This will protect your dreadlocks without causing any friction to the hair as you turn in your sleep.

  5. As your hair grows, they might not grow in dreadlocks at the roots, resulting in some loosening at the roots. Try to roll your dreads as and when possible. If you don’t wish to use dread wax, you can simply dampen your fingers in some water and try to roll the hair at the roots to tighten them.

  6. Dreadlocks are a bit heavy in nature compared to free-flowing hair. This might result in some irritation or discomfort to your scalp. To relieve this, you can regularly massage your scalp. Do these massages before bed for at least 5 to 10 minutes each day. You can also ask your friend or partner to give you these gentle massages to your scalp too.

  7. For washing your dreadlocks, stick to natural products that do not leave a residue behind. Natural hair care products will also not damage your scalp and dreadlocks like other chemically-laden products.

Now you know how to get your own freeform dreadlocks and maintain them well too. With a few innovative ideas and lots of patience, you can always enhance your dreadlocks to suit your fashion needs. Once your dreadlocks tighten, you can flaunt them in various ways like a high dreadlock ponytail, a dreadlock bun, side braids, etc.

You can even streak or color your hair in different colors before developing your freeform dreadlocks. The streaks of color in your hair will give your freeform dreadlocks a natural and edgy look. Now that you have enough ideas, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and let your hair loose to get yourself those striking freeform dreadlocks!

Braided Hairstyles For Black Girls

Braided Hairstyles For Black Girls
Braided Hairstyles For Black Girls

Having a great hairstyle that looks gorgeous and is easy to maintain is any girl’s fantasy. And if you happen to have a specific texture of hair – say Afro-fizz, curly, or wavy hair, then braids are your best bet. They are easy to maintain, can be worn in a variety of ways, and look good on any outfit. Since most black girls have this texture of hair, they can easily carry off this look. What’s more? Braids have made a huge comeback on the fashion scene. We’ve found a lot of interesting braid ideas on the ramp walks this season. So, here are some sensational yet simple braided hairstyles for black girls.

1. The Boxer Braids

Yes, the ever-so-popular Boxer Braids are our go-to braid hairstyle when it comes styling black hair. If you are a beginner and love to go with a stylish braid, then boxer braids are a must-try. Here’s how to do them:

Step 1: Part your hair into two parts right from the middle. Clutch one bunch of the hair with a clip.

Step 2: Start by braiding your hair from one side. Begin from the forehead where your hairline starts. The closer to the forehead hairline, the sleeker it looks.

Step 3: Braid your hair, as usual, all the way back until you reach the ends. Leave a few open strands and fasten your braids with a thin rubber band.

Step 4: Repeat the same process on the other side as well. There, you’re done!

2. The Feed-In Cornrow Braids

You’ll need some hair extensions to create this hairstyle. Using hair extensions of a different color other than your natural hair color is recommended. And the longer they are, the better. This hairstyle looks quite cool and funky all at once. Before you start working on this hairstyle, make sure you open, sort, and keep the hair extensions ready in front of you. Thereafter, you can go about it this way:

Step 1: Create multiple small sections (about an inch) in your hair and clip each of them separately. Pick the section you wish to braid first. Start from the front by getting 3 sections of the tuft of hair in your fingers.

Step 2: Get at least 3 to 4 stitches before adding your hair extensions. One stitch is when you place one section in your fingers over the other, followed by the third. Create four cornrow stitches before you begin to add the extensions.

Step 3: At your fourth stitch, you’ll be able to feel at least one section of hair which will be shorter or thinner than the rest of the 2. Get this section into the middle and place your hair extension on it. Wind this extension around your natural hair and then start braiding the other sections into it.

Step 4: Keep adding extensions to the remaining sections as you go further. Upon reaching the end of your scalp, extend the cornrow into a full-fledged plait. Finally, leave a few open strands at the end and fasten it with a fine rubber band. Repeat the steps for the remaining partitions of the hair.

Twirl once you’ve completed this hairstyle. You’re going to love it.

3. Braided Cornrow Ponytails

The bad-hair-day saver for all types of hair – the ponytail – can easily be adapted to cornrow braids as well. It is simple and looks stylish too. Here’s how you can get it:

Step 1: Divide your front hair into as many sections as you want. Start braiding the hair in cornrows only up to the point where you wish to put your ponytail up. If you have short hair, you can use hair extensions.

Step 2: Once your cornrow reaches the middle part of your head, don’t use the scalp hair to extend it anymore. Instead, pull the hair up and complete the plait with the remaining hair. Fasten with a rubber band. Repeat the process with the remaining sections of hair at the front with each one starting with a cornrow and then turning into a plait midway until the end.

Step 3: As the number of cornrow braids increases at the front, hold all the plaits with a big clip or a hair clutch on one side.

Step 4: Once all the cornrow braids are done at the front, flip the braids over. Section the back hair in similar rows. Create cornrow braids in the opposite direction, starting from down and extending upward until the middle point where the previous cornrows were extended into braids.

Step 5: When you are done with all the cornrow braids from the lower side of the head as well, gather all of them at the midpoint. Now, use a large rubber band to fasten all the braids together in a ponytail. You can also wind one of the braids around the rubber band and pin it with a bobby pin to give it a natural fancy look.

Who says ponytails are only for bad hair days!

4. The Snake Braids

This is a simple cornrow hairstyle but with a twist, quite literally. This hairstyle looks quite attractive and snazzy. But it’s surprisingly simple to do if you are used to keeping your hair in cornrows. Here’s how:

Step 1: Creating the right type of sections is important for this hairstyle. Instead of sectioning your hair straight in the usual manner, they need to be sectioned in a curvy or wavy way, just like a snake.

Step 2: Once the wavy sectioning is done, start creating rows of tight cornrows. Start from the front hairline, work around your scalp, and wind the braid down to the other side.

Step 3: Finish all the cornrow braids and bring all of them on one side. Fasten with a rubber band.

You can also add golden beads or embellishments to give it a stylish look.

5. The Ghana Braid Bun

If you are looking for a classy and professional look which is easy to create, then what better than a classic bun. But, combining a braid and a bun? Surprised? Well, then don’t be because it is very much possible with amazing results. You can achieve the look this way:

Step 1: Create two neat sections of your hair. Hold one section in place with a big clip or clutch.

Step 2: Start cornrow braiding on one side from the front hairline. Begin from the point where your partition starts, take it around the edges of your head, behind the ears, and end it somewhere in the middle at the back. Braid the remaining hair into a plait and fasten with a rubber band. Let it hang in for a while.

Step 3: Now, start cornrow braiding on the other side of your head as well. Bring the cornrow braid behind to the same point where the first one ended.

Step 4: To create the bun, take the second braid and wind it around the first braid at the base of your neck. Hold it in place with bobby pins. Now, take the first braid which is at the center of the bun and wind it around the periphery of the bun created by the second braid. Fasten the ends with a bobby pin.

If you have short hair, you can still create this style. Simply add extensions to your hair while creating the cornrows.

6. Thick And Thin Feed-In Ghana Braids

Another simple braided look with a stylish twist just like the snake braid. They look amazing as a standalone style, but can also be enhanced with embellishments or colored extensions. Here’s how you can get this look:

Step 1: Divide your hair into alternate thick and thin sections. The thin sections should not be more than a centimeter. The thick ones can be up to 1.5 to 2 inches.

Step 2: Create a common starting point for all your cornrow braids. For instance, they can start from either of the temples or right from the middle of your hair. However, starting at the sides will give you an edgy look.

Step 3: Suppose you are starting from the right temple. Create wavy sections starting from the right temple and ending at the base of the opposite side, preferably a little below the left ear lobe. Clip all the sections separately.

Step 4: Now begin with either a thin or a thick cornrow from one end and go up to the base of the ear lobe on the opposite side. From here, braid the remaining hair into a plait. Keep creating alternating thick and thin braids.

Step 5: As the number of plaits increase, use a bigger clip to hold them on the side. Once the last braid is plaited, hold all of them together like a side ponytail. Wind it with a shiny rubber band. You can also go with a floral one for a summery feel.

You can add tiny trinkets like stars or golden pins inside the braid stitches. You can use colored hair extensions in various ways for this hairstyle. Use a specific hair color extension for the thick braids and leave the alternating thin braids as it is to give a stylish edge to this hairstyle.

There are many other ways to braid your black hair. However, these basic and simple ones act as a foundation hairstyle on which you can create further styles. Hairstyles like braided hair high bun or twisted braid updo are some of the examples. You can also tie your braided ponytail in various ways and directions to give a twist to simple braided hairstyles.

Using colorful hair extensions, embellishments, and various tiny clips in your braids will give an edge to these hairstyles. But no matter how you choose to wear your braids, we are sure you’ll rock them anyway!

Spinach Juice For Hair

spinach juice for hair
spinach juice for hair

Ever since we were kids, we couldn’t hear enough of the many benefits of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and how they work wonders for our skin and hair. While there are many home remedies to keep our skin healthy, the number of secret recipes to get healthy and luscious hair are no less. Some of the natural recipes for healthy hair have faded with time. But there are some which have worked wonders for hair and have thus stood the test of time. And one such secret recipe for healthy hair that most people swear by is spinach juice. Why spinach juice, you ask? Then let us give you a lowdown of how it works.

Health Benefits Of Spinach

For generations, consuming a balanced diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables among other things was considered necessary to maintain good health. When it came to healthy vegetables, green, leafy ones were a must in most households. And even among them, the humble spinach was considered as a nutritional powerhouse.

Spinach is not only packed with the goodness of iron, folate, magnesium, manganese, and vitamin B, but is also a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. It is usually available throughout the year. That’s probably the reason why it’s included in a variety of dishes and cuisines – all of which are equally delicious.

The dark green color of the spinach leaves is an indication of the high level of chlorophyll, the substance plants usually use in the presence of sunlight to make their own food.

✔️ Spinach is rich in Vitamin A, C & K

✔️ Spinach is an instant energy booster

✔️ Spinach is rich in iron

✔️ Spinach lowers blood pressure

✔️ Spinach is healthy for skin and hair

How Spinach Benefits Hair Growth

Of the innumerable benefits spinach offers, one of them is the remarkable ability to promote hair growth.

  • The vitamins, minerals, and iron present in spinach are believed to strengthen the hair roots and follicles.

  • The anti-oxidants and the plethora of beneficial minerals and vitamins boost hair health and shine and prevent hair damage from free radicals.

  • Vitamins B and C present in spinach are ideal for speeding up hair growth since they increase the levels of keratin and collagen of the hair.

  • The power-packed iron contained within the spinach is enough to boost the supply of oxygen to the hair follicles, thereby keeping them in top form.

The anti-inflammatory properties of spinach help to soothe scalp irritations and aggravations.

Consumption Of Spinach

Consuming spinach as a cooked dish in combination with other vegetables is usually preferred as not many like its slightly bitter taste.

Having said this, it is always better to eat spinach as a standalone dish or with the least amount of cooking so you can reap the benefits for healthy hair growth.

You can choose to consume it raw in a salad, make different types of spinach hair masks or even extract spinach oil and massage it on to your scalp. However, spinach juice is often considered to be the best way to extract the full potential of spinach. So, if you are grappling with hair thinning or damaged hair, then spinach juice is your best bet. Here are different ways you can have it:

Spinach Juice Recipes

Since a standalone spinach juice might prove too bland for your taste buds, it’s often combined with other healthy fruits and vegetables to make it more palatable. Here are few you can follow, especially if you are trying spinach juice for the first time:

1. Spice-Tinged Spinach Juice

This juice is a combination of naturally sweet carrots and apples and the slight spiciness of ginger. Here’s what you’ll need to make this juice for one person:

Ingredients:

Baby Spinach – A bunch or a handful

Carrots – 4 medium-sized, chopped

Apple – 1 with core removed, diced

Ginger – ½ inch, peeled

Method

Wash and clean the spinach thoroughly (they tend to be quite muddy). Slightly scrape the carrots – avoid peeling them so you can get their benefits to the maximum. Put the chopped carrots, diced apple, and finely chopped ginger in a blender and blend till it is smooth. If need be, you can add a bit of water too. Once you get a smooth consistency, add baby spinach. Blend it slightly coarsely so that the spinach doesn’t become pasty. Check for consistency and add more water if you like a watery consistency. Try having the juice in a slightly chilled form.

2. Lemony Spinach Juice

This juice comes with a sharp tart flavor of the lemon which adds a kick to this combination fruit-vegetable juice. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

Spinach leaves (baby or regular) – One bunch

Apple – 1 with core removed and diced

Parsley – have a bunch

Ginger – ½ inch

Lemon – One medium

Method

Wash the spinach leaves and parsley leaves separately until there is no muddy residue. Now, cut the apple, remove the core and dice it. Add the spinach, parsley, apple, and ginger together in a blender and blend until you get a smooth consistency. To this, add one half of a lemon. Retain the other half. If you like to add some more lemon juice to increase the flavor, you can do so. But do it gradually so it doesn’t become to sour.

3. Spinach Smoothie

Give a tasty twist to your spinach juice by making a spinach smoothie instead. A smoothie can also keep you full for a longer time. Here’s what you’ll need for this delicious concoction:

Ingredients

Ripe Banana – 1 large

Spinach – 1 cup

Ripe Papaya – 1 cup

Coconut Milk – 1 cup

Method

Peel and chop the banana and papaya. Put them in a blender and try to blend them coarsely. In the meantime, wash, clean, and drain the spinach leaves of any remaining water. Once done, add it along with coconut milk to the blender with the coarsely done papaya and banana.

Blend it again until you get the consistency you are looking for. If you wish to have it chilled, refrigerate (do not freeze) banana, papaya, and coconut milk for a while before preparing this smoothie. Have this for breakfast every morning.

4. Refreshing Minty Spinach Juice

If you are looking for a refreshing juice on a hot summer day, make this spinach juice with a dash of mint leaves. Not only will it do a whale of good for your hair, but it will also keep you refreshed and hydrated for a long time. Here’s how you can make it:

Ingredients

Baby Spinach – 1 bunch

Mint Leave – 1 cup

Lime – One

Cucumber – One

Method

Wash and drain the spinach and mint leaves. Peel and roughly chop the cucumber. If you prefer to retain the cucumber skin you can do so as well. Now, put all of these in the blender. Cut the lime in half and squeeze in the juice of half a lime.

If you wish to keep a bit more tart, then squeeze in the other half too. Add a cup of water and blend all of them. Put a little crushed ice into the glass and pour this juice over it. Enjoy your refreshing mint-spinach juice.

5. Fruity-Sweet Spinach Juice

Compared to other juice recipes, this one is a little sweet. So, if you are craving a sweet spinach juice, then this is the one. The combination of other fruits like pineapple and apple will give you the necessary dose of vitamins. While avocado will ensure you remain full for a longer time. Here’s how you can go about making it:

Ingredients

Baby Spinach – 1 cup

Pineapple – 1 medium-sized

Apple – 1, core removed

Avocado – 1 medium-sized

Method

First, peel the pineapple and chopped it into little squares. Similarly, remove the core of the apple and dice it. Cut the avocado into two halves, remove the seed, and scoop out the inner flesh. On a separate plate, wash the baby spinach and drain it thoroughly to remove excess water. Now, put all of these into the blender starting with pineapple and apple first.

Coarsely blend the two and later add the spinach and avocado with a little water to get a smooth consistency. Enjoy your drink in a thick glory or add some crushed ice to give it a smoothie-like cool feel.

6. Veggie-Sweet Spinach Juice

An interesting twist to the fruity-sweet spinach juice is a vegetable variation of it. Veggies like beetroot are naturally sweet and can add zing to any healthy vegetable juice.

Not to forget the enormous amount of vitamins and immune-boosters that come with it. Here’s how you can make this energy-boosting drink:

Ingredients

Baby Spinach – 1 cup

Beetroot – 1, medium-sized

Carrots – 2, medium-sized

Ginger – ½ inch

Method

Scrape and cut the beetroot’s base and top. Cut it into small squares. Scrape the carrots’ outer sides and dice them as well. Add these to the blender and blend it coarsely.

Wash clean and drain the baby spinach leaves. Add this to the blender along with ½ an inch of ginger. Now blend all of these together. You can add water gradually until you get drinkable consistency. Enjoy this drink. Its natural sweetness will surely surprise you.

If you are looking for natural remedies to expedite hair growth and promote healthy hair, then what better way to do it than spinach juice. What’s more? The recipes are easy to make and the ingredients involved are more or less used in your kitchen regularly. So, what are you waiting for? Start whipping them out and see your hair shine in all its healthy glory!

Rose Water For Hair

rose water for hair
rose water for hair

Rosewater is known to be one of the most used ingredients in cosmetics, perfumes, food and also in a few medication preparations. Since ancient times, Rosewater has claimed to be highly prized for its source of perfume, medicinal use, and nutritional properties. Its importance and potential in hair care are unmatched.

The Benefits of Rose Water

1. Smoothens, moisturizes, hydrates and revitalizes the skin while healing scars, cuts, and wounds.

2. Its antioxidants properties help strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

3. Rosewater is believed to stimulate the circulation of tiny blood vessels underneath the hair follicles, which help to reduce the appearance of broken capillaries and thread veins.

How is rose water made?

Rosewater is made very delicately by a usual process of steam-distilling the rose petals in water. This is done in order to isolate the plant’s essential oils.  Rosewater naturally moisturizers and conditions due to its rich flavonoids and vitamins A, B3, C, D, and E.

The sugars consistent found in the rose petals add the calming effects of the rose waters. Rosewater has been always trusted to stabilize hair’s pH balance. This is due to the fact that its pH is similar to that of finding in hair.

Some also believe that it can help in repairing hair’s damaged porosity. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, and with its natural antiseptic properties, it can reduce or lessen dandruff caused by fungal infections. Some even believe it promotes hair growth. It is thought to have stimulating properties.

Benefits of Rose Water in Your Daily Hair Care Routine

 

1. Rose Water Reduces Dryness:

If you have frizzy and dry hair, you can use rose water to moisturize your scalp and soothe the effects of heat and pollution. Rehydrating your scalp is the trick to naturally get rid of dry and unmanageable hair. The dry scalp will ultimately lead to dry hair, and so rehydrating the scalp is very important for eliminating frizz. 

Tips: To get more benefits from Rosewater, try using glycerin with rose water as glycerin helps in enhancing rose water’s moisturizing ability to the full extent.

 

2. Rose Water Controls an Oily Scalp:

Some people have very active sebaceous glands, which secrete a high amount of sebum, an oily substance in the scalp, at the root of hair strands.

The existence of sebum will make your hair feel more oily and greasy, this, in turn, will make your looks unpleasant but also will make it easier for dirt to get attached to the hair. As the pH of rose water is suitable for the nourishment of hair, it nourishes your scalp and reduces the generation of oil. 

3. Repairs Hair Damage:

Dirt and Pollution have always been hair’s worst enemies, it is followed by the chemical hair products and heat treatments that we use. Even If you frequently blow-dry, curl or straighten your hair, it will ultimately affect your hair and your beautiful hair will start losing its natural strength and luster.

To avoid it try using rose water to gently massage your scalp, this habit will gradually increase blood circulation in your hair follicles which in turn rejuvenates the scalp. You can even try to regularly rinse your hair with rose water after your usual shampooing. This will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling soft. Rosewater helps a lot in treating the damaged hairs and to some extent, it can even reverse it. 

Tips: For added benefit try to use rose water, while adding vitamin E and few drops of essential jojoba oil, these ingredients reversing properties to heal damaged hairs.

4. Rose Water for Improving Hair Growth:

The presence of vitamins like A, B3, C and E that can be found in rose water help to promote the growth of your hair. It contains nourishing properties that when used in the scalp lead to the promoting of hair growth. Although there is not any scientific proof yet or any research done on it in present there are words where it is believed that there is a link between rose water and hair growth. 

Tips: To incorporate more benefits of rose water to stimulate your hair growth remedy, try adding rose essential oil mixed with Rosewater to all of your hair products. 

5. Rose Water Reduces Dandruff:

If you have tried numerous anti-dandruff shampoos and treatments in vain, say hello to one of the most effective natural remedies of dandruff. Simply soak fenugreek seeds (methi) in rose water for 4-5 hours and grind it into a paste. Apply this to your scalp and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it gently with lukewarm water and your usual mild shampoo.

6. Rose Water Improves Strenght and Quality:

There could be various reasons behind reduced strength of hair. If you want to improve it, you need to try using rose water. From ancient Chinese time’s rose water has been used as a hair strengthening remedy. What rose water does is increase the circulation of blood in the scalp.

Increased blood circulation rejuvenates the hair follicles and makes them strong. This, in turn, helps in the better exchange of nutrients from the scalp to the tip of the hair which also reduced hair breakage and tries to improve hair quality.

7. Rose Water Conditions Your Hair:


Sometimes shampoos leave our hair dry and almost crunchy after cleaning it. It is a very common problem that can be seen in hairs because most shampoos in markets contain several chemicals that don’t suit your hair and its pH.

To solve this problem, you can use rose water. All you need to do is simply do a final rinse with a cup of rose water at the end of shampooing. It deep conditions your hair and leaves it shiny throughout the day. 

 

8. Rose Water Improves Scalp Health and Fight Infections:

Rose water is said to have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It will keep infections at bay if you rinse your scalp regularly with rose water every alternate day. As we might have already mentioned, rose water always helps in increasing blood circulation in your scalp.

This will, in turn, improve greatly the general scalp health and decrease dandruff, fungal infections, oil, and other such problems that usually originate in the scalp are greatly reduced. 

How to Make Pure Distilled Rose Water?

Choose roses that are free from chemicals and pesticides, so try a farmer’s market or a florist but ask if they are free of pesticides. If you are not sure if they are grown organically, then rinse the petals in cool water.

If harvesting from your own garden, pick them first thing in the morning when covered with morning dew. Make sure to wash them of dirt and bugs.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of firmly packed rose petals

  • 2 cups of distilled water

Method: 

  • Remove rose petals and place them in a glass bowl. 

  • Boil the two cups of distilled water and pour the boiled water over rose petals. 

  • Cover and let it steam for 30 minutes. 

  • Use cheesecloth or cotton gauze to strain the mixture into another glass bowl and then transfer it into glass bottles using a clean funnel. 

  • Store in the fridge and the rose water will last a week.

How to utilize rose water into your hair care regimen?

Rosewater can be used very wisely in conditioners, shampoos, or just in a spritzer or spray bottle. It is completely up to you because there are several ways to benefit from the amazing water.

We’ll tell you about some great ways to get rose water into your hair care regimen, but first, let’s show you an easy way to make it.

Rose Water treatment for damaged hair

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rose water

  • Few drops of jojoba oil

  • 1 capsule of vitamin E

  • A Bowl to mix

Method:

  • Take a bowl and pour a cup of rose water in it.

  • Add Few drops of Pure Jojoba essential Oil.

  • Break one Capsule of Vitamin E in the bowl with the other ingredients.

  • Mix the ingredients together until its well blended.

  • Apply it gently with your fingers to your wet hair and scalp. 

  • Massage for at least 10 minutes and then shampoo and rinse it.

 

Rose Water Shampoo for Hair

Ingredients:

  • 3 farm fresh eggs
  • A quarter cup of rum
  • 1 cup of rose water
  • Diluted Vinegar
  • A Bowl to mix

Method:

  • Take a Bowl and add three eggs in it
  • Mix those eggs with a quarter cup each of rum and rose water.
  • Blend the ingredients until you get a shampoo like consistent. 
  • Finally, rinse it with diluted vinegar.

 

You need to know a few more important things to get the best results while using rose water for your hair:

  1. It is better to opt for authentic rose water that is made using steam distillation.
  2. If you are trying to avoid chemicals, opt for rose water that is free from paraben, sulfur, and other toxins.
  3. Do bear in mind that pure rose water has a shorter shelf life than laboratory-produced rose water.
  4. Although rose water is not known to cause any side effect or harm, it’s best to test it for allergies before use. You can do so by trying it out with a small portion of hair first, to make sure that you are not allergic.

How To Get Beach Waves At Home Tutorial

beach waves at home
beach waves at home

Beach waves have been always a go-to celebrity style. The hairstyle looks great on real women too, since the effortless hairstyle flatters all face shapes, hair types, and ages. The key to making great waves is using the right products and tools, application tips, and styling tricks from some of our favorite styling pros and experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab.

Bonus: Each one of these beach wave tutorials takes less than 10 minutes, some as little as 2. Double bonus: Some don’t even require a curling iron or hair straightener.

Whether your tool of choice is a curling iron, flat iron, or simply a headband, you can easily achieve a cool, undone style that’ll make you look like you still have sand in your shoes even if you really spent all day at your desk.

The best part?

Nowadays it has become quite easier than ever to achieve styles, even beach waves of your choice. They look good for natural hair and the shortest of bobs too. Not only do these helpful tips take the guesswork out of the styling of your hair, but some of them don’t even require hot tools, which means you can master the effortless and simple style while giving your hair a much-needed break from all the heat and styling equipment.

But if you still think that the idea of mastering those loose curls or waves sounds more than a little confusing, then rest assured that these below mentioned smart tips make it very simple to pull off the popular beach wave summer look all year long with no beach trip required.

1. Curling Wand and Ponytail

A key feature of beach waves is that they begin about halfway down your hair, around ear level.

A genius shortcut: pulling hair into a ponytail and curling just the tied section with a curling wand try Good Housekeeping Beauty Breakthrough Award winner Hot Tools Professional Curl bar.

This makes it easier to keep track of which pieces you’ve curled versus those you haven’t when your strands are gathered in one place. Before using any curling or flat iron, it is suggestable to apply a heat protectant spray to shield strands from damage.

2. Air Dry

If you’re all about that low-maintenance hair routine, you’re probably no stranger to the good, old air dry. And it works to make waves, too: With a few strategically placed buns two at the nape of your neck, you can air-dry your way to a ‘California girl look’.

Just twist hair into two knots, secure them in place with pins, then wait it out until they’re dry. That’s it! To boost the bends, before you start forming the buns, apply a styling product that is made to enhance the air-dried strands of your hair while it is still damp.

3. Flat Iron and Twist

If you can’t get enough of your flat iron, here’s yet another reason to love it: It can also be used to make waves! The fastest technique of all, it requires only a few minutes, some sea salt spray, and a hair straightener. Just part your hair in half, form two twists, then carefully flat-iron them to get pretty bends in no time.

4. Small Barrel Curler

You’ve probably always thought that if you ever want any tight small curls, you should start to use a skinnier curling iron, and if you want large, looser waves, you should use a large barrel curler, right? if you break your hair into large sections and use a small barrel curling iron you can quickly and efficiently curl all of your hair into voluminous waves.

5. Curling Iron

Getting beach waves on short hair can be trickier than with long hair. Still, this very easy beach wave tip is simple to follow and take less than 10 to 15 minutes, before it proves to be making a perfect option for any time or day of the week. Set your style by using a curling iron so it lasts and stays frizz-free by misting a medium- to strong-hold hairspray all over, holding the can about six inches away from your head for a light application. 

6. Flat Iron

As with the first tutorial on this list, this wave styling trick incorporates a flat iron into the mix rather than a curling iron. If you have thick, long hair, this method might take longer than the others, but your flawless waves will be totally worth it. The secret is to make sure your flat iron is facing down to the floor rather than horizontally. For even more shine, mist dry hair with a shine-enhancing finishing sprays as the last step.

Procedure to Get Heatless Beach Waves 

Exposing your hair to heat especially consistently and at a high temperature causes breakage, dryness, and is overall extremely damaging. While applying a heat protectant prior to styling can help reduce the effects of hot tools, your hair is still at risk.

In fact, each time when you wrap your hair around that heating curling wand or try twisting it around some hot rollers, you’re spontaneously zapping out the moisture of your hair. So why not try some beach waves without using a heat equipment to torture your hairs.

  • Before you start, you need to visit a craft store and get a hold of some pipe cleaners. Yes, you heard me right, pipe cleaners are an unbelievable magic tool when it comes to achieving heatless beach waves.

     

  • To get your desired beach waves, grab a bunch of pipe cleaners, twisting the tops and bottoms together ensuring they are all lined up closely so they resemble the barrel of a curling wand. 

Now for the steps to follow –

Step 1: Working with fairly large sections of hair, grab a chunk from the back and spray it with water until it is damp. Then wrap the hair around the makeshift barrel, locking it into place by folding the pipe cleaners around the hair at the top, middle, and bottom. 

Step 2: Repeat the process all over your head and then give the style some time to set while you do your makeup or eat breakfast. Alternatively, allow your hair to set while you sleep and wake up with gorgeous, beach waves.

Step 3: Make sure the hair is completely dry before taking out the makeshift barrels. Remove the pipes and run your fingers through your now beach waves. You can also try adding a touch of your regular products and ta-daa! Beach Waves perfection.

Perfect beach waves can be a timeless summer trend but it isn’t compulsory that you need to be on a tropical beach getaway to embrace them. There are many ways to create effortless textured locks at-home whatever the weather is.

There are two ways to create beach goddess vibes, one takes a bit more heat, styling, the whole shebang the other is wonderfully low-maintenance. The former will give you a slightly sleeker finish, the latter is more relaxed.