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

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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!

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.

Jojoba Oil For Hair – Here’s All You Need To Know

jojoba oil for hair
jojoba oil for hair

Before knowing what Jojoba oil does for our hair, we need to understand what Jojoba Oil actually is – It is a pure oil-like wax which is extracted from the seeds of jojoba plant.

The jojoba plant is a shrub native to the southwestern United States. It grows in the desert regions of Arizona, southern California, and Mexico. Since the 1970s manufacturers from all over began adding Jojoba oil to cosmetics and food.

It’s incredibly versatile, and its uses are numerous to count. One of its most popular purposes is for cosmetics. It’s found in a variety of hair, skin, and nail products. Today, you’re most likely to find jojoba oil in beauty and hair care products of many kinds.

Jojoba Oil is a natural product that has become a popular hair care ingredient due to its numerous properties that benefit hair health. Also, it is trusted to work effectively for all types of hair.

And while it has been common nowadays to find Jojoba Oil on the ingredient list of your natural hair care products, the oil itself is trusted to be a saving grace for tired strands that are needed to be a restorative boost of nutrients and moisture in your hair. 

Jojoba oil has the power to deliver results for nearly all your haircare desires.

  • Promote hair growth
  • seeking to put an end to split ends 
  • combating dandruff
  • smoothness and shine

 

Jojoba is said to be rich in minerals and vitamins that nourish hair, including vitamin B, C vitamins, copper, vitamin E, and zinc. Jojoba oil strengthens hair, and also can prevent hair loss with hair thickness. The idea behind this is that the oil moisturizes hair follicles, which prevents dryness that leads to hair loss.

8 ways of Jojoba Oil Helps with Hair Care

1. Moisturizes hair from the inside out

Jojoba Oil has 98% monounsaturated fat and 2% saturated fat composition, this rich-nutrient helps condition and moisturize hair by penetrating inside the hair fiber. Try to apply it before washing hair, the oil will prevent shampoo from stripping your hair of their natural oils. You can try to apply jojoba oil also after washing your hair when it is still damp, to provide a coating to protect each hair shaft.

2. Maintains your scalp’s natural balance

Jojoba oil has a molecular composition that is almost identical to human sebum. Sebum oil acts as the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It delivers hydration to your hair without messing up your scalp’s natural texture or leaving behind any kind of greasy residue.

3. Controls dandruff

Jojoba oil is believed to have antibacterial properties. It can highly control the growth of bacteria in the hair follicle, which helps in reducing the likelihood of dandruff.

4. Encourages hair growth

Since Jojoba oil is used to clean the hair follicles and scalp, it can literally promote hair growth. Jojoba Oil can be dissolved to build up by unclogging the follicles and allowing a clear passageway for strands to grow.

5. Repairs damage from heat and styling

Jojoba oil can also be beneficial to hair health by repairing hair damage that are caused by styling and heat. Jojoba oil fills in the cracks and imperfections along the hair cuticle and also helps to seal split ends. Furthermore, the oil boasts calming properties so it conditions and softens strands, leaving you with a smooth, silky finish.

6. Condition dry hair

Jojoba essential oil naturally eases the heavy effects of dry scalp and dandruff. For hair, add some to your favorite conditioner, especially if your scalp itches after washday. Jojoba oil is antifungal, helping to kill off bacterial and fungal infections caused by dirty hair tools, the elements, etc. 

7. Promote curl elasticity

Jojoba Oil can give you the curl elasticity that you seek from salon treatments by paying a hefty price. Try it by adding around 12 drops of warm heated Jojoba Oil directly to your scalp and massage with the pads of your fingers to help the Oil penetrate your follicles. It literally hydrates your hair deep in the shaft, which helps the curl to bounce back from hydraulic fatigue or over-processing of chemical relaxers and bleach.

8. Lasting color-treated hair

While going out for swimming or in beach try using Jojoba mist and water and all over your hair. This will greatly help fight the stripping agents found in pools or the sea water. It will not strip your color-treated hair and help protect against the elements that are known for causing it to fade.

While we all know it as an essential oil, Jojoba is in real a liquid wax, also known to all as wax ester. Its structure is molecular and extremely comparable with the human skin oil. An unrefined jojoba oil usually appear as a very pale yellow liquid with a nutty earthy aroma. Jojoba oil is also ideal for those with allergy sensitivities.  A refined essential Jojoba oil can be seen as completely clear and has no odor at all. It is excellent for DIY recipes and large bulk recipes because of its shelf life. Jojoba Oil is more shelf-stable than canola, safflower, and almond oils.

Jojoba oil’s use as a moisturizer for hair care is its main benefit, with a recent dermatological hair expert review confirming this. Recent patents also include it as a staple ingredient in most shampoos and conditioners, arguing for its inclusion as an important microemulsion in hair care products.

The features that have been authenticated through years of research in Jojoba Oil are-

 

  • Jojoba oil is a trustworthy method that prevents hair breakage and strengthens your locks. It could also be helpful in treating dandruff, dry scalp, and itchy scalp, and be used as an anti-inflammatory and skin moisturizer as well.

  • The oil’s reputation as a direct hair growth stimulant, on the other hand, is not supported by research. One recent study trusted source that tested jojoba oil for hair growth found that it was less effective than minoxidil (Rogaine) and peppermint essential oil.

  • Jojoba oil should not be relied on as a therapy for pattern baldness alopecia, or other hair loss disorders. Still, it can be a great product for promoting strong, silky, and shiny hair.

How Should You Use Jojoba Oil?

Jojoba oil can be used and added to your hair care routine in numerous ways:

  1. Apply directly: Warm the oil up beforehand so it’s easier to apply. You can do this in a clean pot on a stovetop or in a microwave-safe bowl. Try using only 1 tbsp of Jojoba Oil for short hair and around 2 tbsp for the longer hair. Apply to the hair the scalp, and work down evenly to hair tips. Relax and leave it for 20 minutes, and rinse your hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner. 

  2. Add to products: Drop a few drops of jojoba oil not more than about 3–5 drops to a dollop of your regular shampoo or conditioner before you use it. Avoid direct application to the scalp to steer clear of clogged scalp pores. If applying to dry scalp for dandruff, add very little directly to the skin about 1–2 drops.

  3. Purchase products that contain it: Available in the market, is a vast number of shampoo or conditioner that include jojoba oil as one of its natural ingredients. This is one of the easiest ways to obtain and use it.

 

Things to keep in mind before using Jojoba Oil

  • As such, allergy to jojoba oil is rare, and the use of the oil topically (especially for hair) is deemed quite safe. The use of oil typically for hair care is also considered safe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • At the same time, be cautious! Though sensitivities to jojoba oil aren’t well-studied or well-known and recent reviews of safety haven’t been renewed for over two decades it’s wise to determine if you have any kind of sensitivity first.

  • If you directly use jojoba oil or add it to products, be sparing, to begin with. Keep to the amounts you find in your hair care products. Follow doses and directions closely, and no issues should occur.

Jojoba oil is a great addition to your hair care regime. It enhances the act of conditioning your hair, leaving it with better strength, shine, and manageability. However, you need to know that jojoba oil is not known to stimulate hair growth or try to prevent hair loss.

On the other hand, jojoba oil is likely to be very helpful in treating dry scalp and dandruff issues. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair over time. Jojoba oil has a reputation for safety too. Due to being an essential oil, jojoba oil has always been easily available in the market.

If you do not have much luck on the market, schedule a visit with an aromatherapist, and you will find jojoba oil. 

How To Blowout On Hair?

blowout on hair
blowout on hair

Picture this: you’re getting ready for a night out with friends or the long-awaited dinner date with someone special. Everything from your outfit to your footwear is perfect for the occasion. Yet, you find something doesn’t fit. It’s your hairstyle, of course! We often neglect our hairstyle when we are headed out because we think it’s a time-consuming process. Or simply because we didn’t get that appointment at the parlor. If these are the reasons for giving hairstyling a miss, then don’t! Because we have just the right fix for your problem. With a few handy tips and a good blow dryer at home, you give yourself a blowout hairstyle and transform your look in minutes. That too in the comfort of your home. So, let’s cut to the chase and dive right into it:

Things You’ll Need

Before you start trying a blowout on your hair, it makes sense to keep some necessary stuff close to you. You might require a few styling products too depending on the type and length of your hair. However, the ones listed here are the basics for all types of hair. These are a few things you’ll need:

1. A good quality hair dryer (of course!)

2. A few hair clips to hold your hair in sections

3. Hairbrush (according to the length of your hair)

4. Leave-in hair serum

5. Hair spray (optional)

6. Water spray bottle (optional)

Now that you have all these things with you, the next step would be to decide what kind of style you wish to go for.

Here, we suggest a few easy-to-do blowout hairstyles depending on your hair length:

1. Blowout for Short Hair

Short hair is easy to carry and low-maintenance. However, these very qualities at times make women neglect styling them. The result – they come across as carrying the same look at all occasions even though they experiment with their outfit and makeup. Of course, streaking and coloring can liven things up a bit. But even these experiments can fall flat if not styled in the right way. Thus, a blowout can do wonders for short hair as well for those special occasions. Here’s how to go about it:

Step 1: First, apply some heat-protecting leave-in serum in your damp hair. Begin from near your roots to the tips. If you have fine hair, just apply to the tips.

Step 2: Section a few hairs from behind and clip them up at the crown area. You can section them the way you wish. Now, using a flat brush, start blow-drying the hair behind using forward strokes. Once you are done, gradually let down the hair on the sides, one side at a time. Blow-dry the hair on either of the sides with similar forward strokes.

Step 3: Now, section out the bangs and clip back the remaining hair on the crown. Blow-dry the bangs according to the style you wish – front straight or on the sides. Then remove the clip and blow-dry the hair on top with swift backward strokes to give them a fluffy look.

Step 4: For an edgy effect, you can dab your fingers in some styling gel and stroke them on your bangs. Ta-Da! You’re ready!

For blow-drying short hair, a flat brush made of nylon bristles and a good grip is ideal.

2. Blowout for Medium Hair

The good thing about medium length hair is that they can be styled to give a long-hair look or short-hair look. Give them a straight blow-dry and it’ll easily give an impression of long, silky hair. Curl them in tight or loose waves to give a short or glamorous twist to your look. But the basic steps of styling remain the same.

Here is a step by step guide for doing a blowout to your medium hair:

Step 1: Start by spraying some hair volumizer at the roots of your hair while it is still wet. This gives body to your hair, especially for fine hair. Then apply some leave-in conditioner to the tips to minimize the damage from heat.

Step 2: If you have bangs, then start with blow-drying them first. Use a big round roller brush. Aim the nozzle of the hairdryer on the ends of your bangs while holding them in the brush. Once done, just brush then aside lightly with your fingers.

Step 3: Dry your hair lightly without the brush until your hair is nearly 90% dry. Now, section your hair randomly. Clip them on the crown area. Start with the sections behind. Keep your hairbrush taut when you aim the nozzle closer to the ends. Do the same on the side sections as well.

Step 4: Now, take off the clip on the top. Grab the entire section of hair with the roller brush. Dry the entire chunk all at once while pointing the nozzle tilted from bottom to top. Keep your hair straight up and taut. This will give a good volume to your hair when you let it down. This locks in the lift too.

And, you’re done. After finishing, use your fingers to set your hair and bangs the way you want to. The ideal brush for blow-drying medium length hair would be a broad boar brush with nylon bristles. This type of brush gives a neat, frizz-free look to your blowout.

3. Blowout for Long Hair

Most people think that styling long hair is tough. But that isn’t the case. Getting the good blow-out for long hair can be as simple as that of the other two lengths of the hair mentioned above. One important thing to remember is to avoid wearing long earrings while trying a blow-out for long hair since the hair can get entangled in them. Just style your hair first and put on your accessories later.

Here’s how you can do a blow-out for your long hair:

Step 1: Apply some leave-in shine serum to the tips of your towel-dried hair. Now, using the hairdryer, dry most of your hair without the help of the brush.

Step 2: Now, create several sections of hair and clip them on top. Start with the section on the lower backside first. Wind the small section of hair around the ceramic roller brush. Aim the nozzle closer to the brush and blow-dry this section. Gradually unravel your hair from the brush. Keep the brush in a vertical position while unraveling and use circular motions to get your hair out of the brush. This way, your hair will not get caught in the brush and your hair will also fall in lovely curls. Use this method to unravel the rest of your hair.

Step 3: Once you are done with the hair on the back, then proceed with those on the sides. Finally, blow-dry the hair on top, one section at a time.

Step 4: After your hair is dry and all sides have been covered, bend down and flip your hair over. With a texturizing spray, mist the underside of your hair. Gently massage it into the roots using your fingers and then flip your hair back up again. This gives volume and bounce to your look. Once you’ve flipped your hair over, use your fingers to comb your hair in place.

Bingo! You’ve done it! No one will be able to tell that you’ve done it at home, all by yourself. You can now wear accessories and head out. Make sure not to use a comb to set your hair again as it can flatten out the bounce effect. Your fingers should be enough to set your hair throughout the night. For a long hair blow-out, using a round ceramic-core brush is ideal. The ceramic core of this kind of brush heats up and acts almost like a curling iron, helping you achieve stunning blow-out results.

A good blow-out hairstyle can add a dose of glamour to your personality. While using the right products is necessary for a blow-out, it can only get better if your hair is healthy too.

How to maintain the blowout on your longer and healthier

1. Use a silk/satin pillowcase:

Sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase will reduce the friction when you turn in your sleep. This also helps to keep your hair frizz-free and soft.

2. Avoid using strong-hold hairspray products:

Use light styling products so there are fewer chances of hair damage. If you wish your blow-out to give you volume, use a light shampoo and conditioner instead of intense moisturizing ones. This will give your hair a lift since light shampoos and conditioners will not weigh down your hair.

3. Before Wash

To minimize damage by heat, wash your hair at least an hour before you start the blow-out. This will give you enough time to air-dry your hair instead of blazing them under the hairdryer.

To give your blow-out an extra lift, make sure you give a lift to the hair in the crown area. To do so, blow-dry the crown hair in small sections. Hold them up straight. Bring the hairdryer nozzle near the roots and then proceed toward the ends of the hair section.

As you can see, getting a salon-like blow-out at home isn’t that difficult. However, have realistic expectations from yourself. Don’t expect a great finish at the very first attempt. With some practice and lots of patience, you’ll soon be able to style your hair with a blow-out like a pro soon.

How To Keep Hair Flyaways Under Control

The ugly combination of poor humidity and cold air could lead to static electricity. This, in turn, makes your clothes a little more clingy and leads to hair flyaway. And no! It is no fun at all. While it could be nearly impossible to control nature and avoid this, we can still give you a few tips that will hopefully ease things up a little more and help you to try new hairstyles. 

There’s no denying the fact that flyaways can become a girl’s greatest nightmare. You can style the perfect ponytail, bun or a beautiful up-do, sadly to have it ruined by little strands of hairs sticking out from all the side of your head. Thus making you go through the Worst Experience.

As the weather cools down and the air gets drier, it’s only going to get worse. Can’t stop mentioning the added friction of scarves, woolen hats, and jumpers causing the hairs to get static. Even worse, attempts to tame flyaway hair seem to often end with locks that are loaded up with heavy hair gel and flyaways that are still standing on end.

 Basically, you end up with crunchy hair that isn’t even perfectly tamed. So, how can you get rid of flyaways? With a few tips, hair products for flyaways, taming flyaway hair is entirely possible. 

1. Use A Headband

 

Using a bandana can not only make you look chic and quirky but it can also help you make your flyaways behave. The market is filled with loads of styles of headbands. From a subtle to classy to quirky, you choose them and they can help you flaunt the shiny look.

2. Petroleum Jelly

 

Petroleum jelly or Vaseline serves many beauty and skincare purposes. Petroleum jelly, famously known by its brand name that is Vaseline, is a blend of natural made waxes and mineral oils. And, when you’re looking for an instant cure for flyaway hair, then vaseline on hair is the best and quickest treatment you can find.

 Simply apply petroleum jelly to the flyaway strands for immediate results. Some claim that petroleum jelly can also be an easy way to combat scalp dryness, and there may be some truth to this. 

3. Use a Multipurpose Lip Balm

 

Dab a bit of a non-waxy balm like Vaseline on the tips of your fingers and use it to slick baby hairs into submission. Lip balm can be used similarly to lotion when it comes to taming flyaway hair or stray hairs, but its silky texture gives it a little bit more oomph and grip.

 Use your fingers to apply a small amount only to the areas that need it, as this will ensure you avoid making the other strands look greasy. 

4. Use A Serum

 

Try to use a serum without forgetting while trying to comb your hair. Using a serum not only reduces tangles after rinsing your hair but also makes your hair very soft, glossy and smooth. It prevents stray hairs or flyaways for sure and also helps in managing your hair throughout the day.

 There are many products on the market that can be counted as the best serum for your hairs without any side effects. You can also try some international brands through the online market for your hair. 

5. Use A Heat Styling Brush

 

It’s undeniable, heat styled hair can look drop-dead gorgeous. From perfectly coiffed curls to pin-straight strands, we love it all. The only problem is, blasting your hair with a blow-dryer or overdoing it with your flat iron could be multiplying the number of flyaways you have to handle. But here’s the catch. The market is flooded with heat combs that can help you tame down those tiny hairs.

 It’s just an unfortunate fact of life: Limiting how much you heat style your hair will help keep it healthier. So, why not vow to take a little break from heat tools? Not only will it help with your flyaway problem but it can also help cut down on styling time. And don’t worry, you can still achieve an impeccable hairstyle without any heat. 

6. Use A Good Conditioner

 

Using a conditioner can help fill the hair strands with enough moisture making them weigh down. Dry and frizzy hair are prone to fall ill to the air and fly around making your flyaways more visible. You can even use good deep conditioning hair masks that might not only help those tiny hairs grow faster but also make them manageable over the time.

7. Spritz A Toothbrush With Hair Spray

 

When you’ve pulled your hair into a flawless ponytail or completely bump-less bun, it can be quite a predicament if you spot flyaways after styling. You don’t want to leave your look as is but you also don’t want to have to start from scratch. We get it—and fortunately, there’s a quick and easy trick for this exact situation. With a clean toothbrush and hairspray for flyaways, you don’t have to go either route.

 A toothbrush is a perfect size for touch-ups, and also the perfect method for applying just the right amount of hair spray rather than trying to spray it onto small areas, which can result in too much product and stiff strands. Just be sure to keep that toothbrush totally separate from the one you actually brush your teeth with!

8. Keep Hair Cream Handy

 

When your hair is still damp post-shower, it’s time to work a hair product for flyaways through your mane. Doing so can help lock in the moisture and keep your strands healthy in the long-term—especially the lengths and ends. Rather than using strong hold hair gel to tame, try a hair cream that’s silky to the touch.

 To use, rub a dollop of the hair cream between the palms of your hands, then apply through the lengths and ends of your hair while it’s still damp. And when you finish, don’t stray too far from your hair cream. If any flyaways pop up throughout the day, you can use just a touch more to smooth them down.

Anyone who’s experienced flyaways and rogue hairs knows just how frustrating they can be. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with frizz and flyaway strands, but if you’re fed up with repeatedly smoothing them down with hairspray which honestly, doesn’t even seem to work most of the time, then you’re probably more than ready to find a solution that actually gives good results.

 Since your flyaway hair and stray hairs can be the result of a number of different things like breakage, heat damage, new hair growth, static, humidity or wispy strands that stick straight up are difficult to understand and even trickier to style.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil For Hair Growth

Jamaican black castor oil has soared in popularity in recent years. But nothing comes close to the original oil itself – brown, syrupy, and magical. There’s a reason why natural-haired women sing Jamaican black castor oil praises like they’re at church. 

This special oil may be a new discovery for some of us, but in fact, it’s been used traditionally in Jamaica for many years. Unlike the plain castor oils, Jamaican black castor oil involves the roasting process. This is the reason for its characteristic burnt smell and dark color.

Before we understand what Jamaican black castor oil is, let’s first try to learn more about castor oil. Pure castor oil is extracted professionally from the seeds of the castor plant, and then cold-pressed, to gather a pale yellow and transparent oily liquid. 

Whereas Jamaican castor oil is extracted in a totally different way, which can be also classified as the traditional method of extraction. First, the seeds are roasted and then pulverized in a mortar. Then, water is added, after which these mashed beans are slow-boiled on a wood fire. 

The result is an unadulterated, pungent, thick, and dark brown castor oil. Which is also famously known as Jamaican black castor oil.

Jamaican black castor oil has a number of different benefits for our hair growth, for example, it moisturizes hair, treats dandruff, promotes hair regrowth. These awesome properties set it apart from all other nourishing oils like argan or coconut. 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is beneficial for all hair textures and types. A healthy scalp always means healthy hair. It is useful and works on all hair types because of the oil effects and works on the hair follicles or roots and not only in the hair itself. 

The moisturizing and antibacterial properties of Jamaican black castor oil can help treat a plethora of hair issues. Giving yourself a scalp massage with the oil can stimulate hair growth. The oil helps to detangle your hair and even treat heavy split ends. Here are a few ways how to use Jamaican black castor oil for hair regrowth.

 

1. Moisturizes Hair

The rich nutrients present in Jamaican black castor oil, that includes vitamin E, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, help to moisturize hair and treat related hair problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. This is also known as the Jamaican black hot castor oil treatment, or more simply known among the natives as a hot oil treatment. For this kind of scalp treatment, you will be needing

  • 1 tablespoon each of Jamaican black castor oil 
  • extra-virgin olive oil 
  • juice of half a lemon. 

How To Use:

  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and warm over the stove. Ensure you don’t let it get too hot, or it might burn your scalp.
  • Pour mixture into your hands and gently massage it into your scalp for about 10 minutes.
  • Leave the mask to set for 30 minutes or if possible overnight.
  • Rinse your hair and wash as you normally do.

 

2. Improves Hair Strength

The research suggested that Jamaican black castor oil is beneficial to improves blood circulation to the scalp region, which thereby encourages hair growth. The oil also benefits in nourishing the scalp and highly strengthens the hair roots, also treating thinning hair. Regular use of the oil will make your hair look thicker, shinier and fuller.

  • You need 3 tablespoons of Jamaican black castor oil.
  • 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. 
  • A dark-colored dropper bottle.

How To Use:

  • Add the two oils to the dropper bottle and shake well.
  • Using the dropper, apply the oil to your scalp. Part your hair gently on the right side of your ear and apply the mixture to the creases of the scalp. Keep making partitions and applying the oil mixture as you move from one end of your head to the other.
  • After the oil is proportionally spread across the scalp, gently massage it using circular motions. This helps in boosting circulation in the scalp region.
  • You can place a shower cap over your head and leave the mixture overnight.
  • In the morning, rinse your hair properly and wash it as you normally do.

 

3. Prevents Hair Breakage

Though research is limited, testimonials of individuals swearing by Jamaican black castor oil or even the regular castor oil and its uses and benefits for hair are many. Regular use of the oil has been purported to prevent hair breakage. You can also thin the oil by using grape seed or jojoba oil.

 Combining Jamaican black castor oil with almond, coconut, tea tree oils or olive also helps in preventing hair breakage. This makes for an excellent Jamaican black castor oil shampoo that will enhance hair health immensely.

How To Use:

  • First, try to wear old clothes as the oil can stain your clothes.
  • Take a small amount of oil in your hands and gently massage into the scalp and the hair roots.
  • Ensure the oil is properly distributed across the scalp, and the scalp only. And don’t use too much of the oil since castor oil usually has a thick consistency, and you might have trouble washing it off later.
  • Cover the head with a plastic wrap so that it doesn’t leak.
  • Leave it on for about two hours and wash off as usual. 
  • For deep conditioning, you can keep it on overnight and rinse in the morning.

 

4. Treats Split Ends

Split ends can easily get nasty, and at times, will make your confidence take a beating. But you don’t think too much about that problem now with the help of Jamaican black castor oil by your side. 

The procedure needs to be done twice a week which will end up giving you frizz-free hair and also treats split ends. This remedy can also equally detangle your hair.

How To Use:

  • Take an equal amount of Jamaican black castor oil and mustard oil.
  • Mix both the oils and gently massage it into your scalp, especially try rubbing it over the split ends.
  • Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  • Rinse with a mild shampoo.

 

5. Eliminates Dry Hair

Dry hair can be caused as much by your eating habits as by improper hair care. Here is where Jamaican black castor oil benefits you highly. 

You can try adding some amount of pure shea butter for giving you an added moisturization. For this treatment of your hair, you will need the ingredients as- 

  • 4 tablespoons of pure Jamaican black castor oil.
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey.
  • 1 tablespoon of shea butter.
  •  ½ avocado.

How To Use:

  • Cut the avocado and blend it finely in a food processor.
  • Add Jamaican Black Castor oil with shea butter and honey to the avocado and mix it until they are very well blended.
  • Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair, ensuring you apply it to the entire length of your hair.
  • Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and then rinse it gently with lukewarm water.

You can get pure Jamaican black castor oil from your nearest drug or cosmetic store or even try to get it online. Though this castor oil is amazingly beneficial, there are a few things to be kept in mind. Ensure you have a talk with your doctor before you start using the castor oil, especially if you are allergic to any of its properties or have any other allergies to smell etc. 

Also, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have had appendicitis, a sudden change in bowel habits, intestinal blockage, or even bleeding from the rectum. Don’t use castor oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

A Before-Bed Routine To Get The Hairs Of Your Dreams

“It is definitely possible for anyone to get beautiful hair in your sleep,” this was said by Los Angeles-based Julia Papworth, known in the style industry for her work with Hollywood actresses Emma Roberts and Cameron Diaz. 

The term nighttime beauty is typically used in reference to skincare. Because of this, we often forget that our hair also uses this time to restore itself while we sleep. The truth of the matter lies in simple steps which if occasionally which includes incorporating an overnight hair mask, massage or oiling into your regime can work wonders on your hair. We also highly recommend that you avoid sleeping with your hair tied up. Also, don’t rest your head on your pillow until your hair is completely dry after a shower so as to prevent breakage.

To help protect and care for your hair while you sleep, we’ve rounded up a few hair tricks and tips to keep in mind before calling it a night:

 

1. Remove Your Hair Extensions Before Going To Bed

Whether you own the seamless collection or the classic collection, removing your hair extensions before bed is a must a thing you need to do before calling it a night. 

Although the clip-in extensions are said to cause no harm to your hair even if you wear it throughout the day but wearing them to bed will end up causing excessive tangling in your hairs. This can be damaging to both your hair and extensions and lead to hair fall. 

 

2. Massage Your Scalp

Although it might sound silly in your head, even though you might call yourself a hair enthusiast, you often tend to ignore the health of your scalp. Don’t be surprised to know that the shine, strength, and length of your hair starts with a healthy scalp. 

Now to give your scalp an extra dose of boost, we highly recommend you to end your nighttime beauty regime with a two-minute scalp or head massage. I am sure you want to know how to do it? Just simply leave your hair down and gently massage your roots with your fingers as if you’re shampooing or conditioning your hair. 

Massaging your head and scalp regularly will stimulate blood circulation. You know what they say: happy scalp, healthy hair.

 

3. Brush Your Hair Before Bed

There’s a very old beauty myth that tells you to brush your hair 100 times a whole day to promote length and shine. Although we won’t suggest you try and prove this myth to be true but brushing your hair very gently from top to bottom with a good, soft and steady paddle brush before bed will ensure that you’ll go to bed tangle-free.

 If shine is what your heart desires, brush your hair with a boar bristle brush as this type of brush is known for its ability to evenly distribute natural oils from the scalp through the hair. 

 

4. Avoid Sleeping With Your Hair Tied Up

Sleeping with tying your hair up in a tight messy bun or an equally tight high ponytail may seem to you harmless. But in truth, the pull and tension from keeping your hair up for several hours during your sleep puts a strain on your scalp and eventually lead to hair damage. 

We understand that you might want your hair away from your face while you’re sleeping, so why not ditch the tight updo and start going with a simple and loose three-strand braid, a fishtail braid, or even if you like a Dutch braid. Keeping your hair in a braid overnight will help to save your ends from excessive breakage. It usually occurs when your hair rubs against your pillow. 

 

5. Wrap Your Hair In A Satin Headscarf

Keep in mind to take your beauty sleep regime to the next level by trying to sleep with a chic satin headscarf wrapped around your head. Just like a silk pillowcase, the satin scarf will help you to protect your hair and maintain your hairstyle. 

So whether it’s on day one or day two hair, taking the habit of wearing a satin scarf while you sleep will help preserve those precious braids or curls, and prevent that inevitable frizz that you can usually see when you woke up. A silky turban or bonnet will also work just as well.

 

6. Wear A Fabric Scrunchie

Just like your products and tools, your hair will only look as good as the accessories you use. So instead of using small hair elastics, you can try fabric hair scrunchies. Yeah I know it sounds too retro and has been popular back in the ’90s, but let me assure you. 

Using the fabric satin hair scrunchies to tie or braid your hair during the night before you go to sleep is your best choice. Such scrunchies are less harmful to your ends and securely hold your style without pulling out individual hairs as traditional hair ties do.

 

7. Apply An Overnight Treatment

As hair enthusiasts, you might know how important it is to incorporate a few treatments and masks into our weekly nourishment of hair care routines. But let’s face it, sometimes the 15 to 30-minute masks don’t cut it. Take advantage of the time when you sleep and try applying a hair mask before you go to bed, leave it on as intensive overnight nourishment and treatment to hydrate and repair your hair.

 Depending on your hair type, we recommend doing this once or twice a month. Finding the right treatment for your hair can be a daunting task as there are various options available on the market. While you’re searching for the right one, you can never go wrong with masking your hair overnight with coconut oil or argan oil.

 

8. Splurge On A Silk Pillowcase

Thinking of investing in a silk pillowcase? Well, although trying to make the trade-up from avoiding cotton pillowcases to choosing high-quality silk ones is a bit of an expensive investment, but rest assured that your hair will benefit a lot from the change. 

Silk is a gentler fabric compared to cotton. The smaller fibers of silk pillows prevent your ends from excessive damage and pulling, especially if you toss and turn overnight.

 

9. Apply Dry Shampoo 

As mentioned above, hair is at its most vulnerable state when it’s wet. Excessive shampooing can strip your hair of its natural oils, which can lead to dry and brittle ends.

 To clean and protect your hair without shampoo and water, apply some dry shampoo on your roots before you go to sleep at night. Doing this will lead the dry shampoo to absorb the sweat and natural oils from your scalp and hair that are produced during your sleep time.

 

10. Dry Your Hair Before Calling It A Night

There are a lot of advantages for time and health that come with washing your hair before going to sleep at night. But keep in mind, hair is at its most vulnerable state when it is wet, so it’s very important to fully dry your hair to prevent it from tugging and severe breakage while you are sleeping.

 If you are someone who prefers to wash hair at night, we highly recommend you to give yourself some extra hour or two before sleep to allow your hair to air dry. You can also invest in a good hairdryer to avoid frizz. Also, don’t forget to apply some heat protectant or a primer to your hair ends. It helps to speed up the time of blow-drying and combat damage.

 

It is well known that, while you sleep, the body goes to work repairing itself, fortifying its cells from the inside out. This makes nighttime the best time to let powerful, nutrient-rich beauty treatments work wonders. The ritual of patting a moisturizing potion into the skin at bedtime or massaging your scalp and taking care of your hair before you get into bed, and waking up fresh-faced and dewy with luscious hair, is a sacred one among women around the world. 

There is nothing like the pure luxury of beauty sleep. By taking a few extra steps and measures every night before you go to sleep by incorporating hair care tips into your nighttime beauty regimen, you can be assured that your hair is protected overnight so it can stay strong, long and flyaway-free.

How To Tackle Postpartum Hair Loss For New Mom’s

You might be wondering why you’re losing your hair, to begin with. Pregnancy and childbirth change your body in many ways. Hair loss after you have a baby can be scary and take a toll on your self-esteem. Fast-growing hairs and thick growing hairs are pregnancy symptoms that many women experience.

 So why not enjoy your luscious hairs while you still can because in the months following the delivery, you may start experiencing postpartum hair loss. Whether it’s light shedding or large clumps, losing hair is not ideal for most women.

 After you’ve had your baby, your pregnancy hormones drop. Some women start losing hair in a certain area whereas some lose it all over. Regardless of where you lose hair or how much you lose, it can be traumatic. 

If how to boost your fertility is one of the most commonly asked questions by women about fertility, then how to prevent postpartum hair loss is also one of the most common questions women ask after the months of childbirth.  Fortunately, some of the answers are similar!

You can easily prevent postpartum hair loss by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and body  in the months and weeks following delivery:

  • Keep ensuring that you are getting gentle-to-moderate and regular exercises.
  • Start consuming a healthy diet that is rich in nutrients to support your changing body. A healthy diet also helps in postpartum recovery.
  • Take postpartum vitamin and mineral supplements if recommended by your doctor.
  • Taking iron supplements.
  • Starting a course of vitamins that help with hair growth.
  • Boosting your immune system and overall health with a good diet, exercise, and as much sleep as a busy mom can get.
  • In every circumstance try keeping your stress levels in check.
  • Switching to a shampoo that has growth factor peptides in it.
  • Using a volumizing shampoo.
  • Keeping your scalp healthy with anti-fungal shampoos.

There are many options for styling and caring for your hair during this time. I’ll give you the best suggestion for treatment for hair loss for postpartum hair that will give your hair a break and your self-confidence a boost!.

1. A New Haircut

If you’re facing hair loss, now might be the time to get a fabulous new haircut. If you’re ready to take the plunge, consider getting a shorter haircut. Because your hair will be shorter and won’t be as weighted down, it can create the illusion of volume. 

There is a side benefit to sporting a shorter haircut. It will cut down on the risk of a hair tourniquet. A hair tourniquet is when a strand of your hair gets wrapped around your baby’s fingers, toes, or even genitals.

2. Styling Your Hair

In addition to layering, there are other avenues to discuss with your hairdresser. You can add highlights and lowlights to add depth to your hair. If you don’t mind shelling out some money, you can get hair extensions which will make your hair look fuller. When styling your hair, try some tricks to create volume.

 The best trick is to blow-drying your hair upside down — what you need is to just sit down, lean over and then blow dry your hair. Then go ahead and put your hair up in a butterfly clip to let it finish air-drying while putting on your makeup.

3. Trying New Products

Experiment with products you wouldn’t ordinarily use. There are a ton of great volumizing products out there, from shampoos with silica or biotin to styling products with thickening lotions.

 You can also hop on the DIY bandwagon by making your own hair mask to boost your hair volume after pregnancy.

4. Gentle Scalp Massage

Scalp massage, whether done professionally or by your partner or yourself, is a way to boost the blood flow to the scalp. It will help with your stress load, but may also help with the growth of your hair follicles.

 If your goal is thicker hair, it may be best to go with a professional scalp massage. The side benefit is that it is more relaxing going with a professional than doing it yourself.

5. Hair Accessorizing

While you’re waiting for your hair to grow back in, you might as well have some fun with your style. You can use headbands, bandanas, hats, and headscarves to detract the attention of your thinning hair. And opt for scrunchies instead of elastic bands to be gentler on hair.

6. Give It Time

Postpartum hair loss is reversible, but it will likely take a while to resolve. Even though it’s hard, you have no choice but to be patient. In the meantime, you can try the quick-fix disguising techniques we mentioned in this section. 

While you’re waiting for your hair to fall back in, concentrate on how amazing your body was to bring another life into this world. It can be easy to fixate on the bad things in your life, but sometimes the antidote for that is to focus on what’s right with your world instead.

When your hair does finally grow back in, it might look different than what it did before. And you’ll have that awkward phase like you would after you had a bad haircut. 

You might want to consider having bangs added into your hairstyle to help with the in-between stage as your new hair makes an appearance but isn’t long enough to blend in with your existing hair. 

While you might not be thrilled with how your new hair looks as it starts its growth, at least you can be grateful that it has finally decided to make an appearance. Remember, whether you have a full head of hair, some fuzzy-looking regrowth or no hair at all, you’re still the same beautiful person inside.

The people who truly love you won’t care at all about your hair — they’re just happy you’re in their life. And you’ll always be beautiful in your baby’s eyes. They don’t care at all how you look they just know how you make them feel — safe, loved, and happy.