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Product Review: KTC Pure Almond Oil

I wrote about the many Hair Oils available some weeks ago, and the best Hair Oils for growth. Well I have been experimenting with a few new hair oils to discover the best hair oil for our hair (that is myself and my baby girl).

I have used quite a few already, but I was not 100% sold on any until I tried this KTC Pure Almond Oil.

 

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Pure, undiluted Almond Oil is the best for my hair and my daughter’s hair. I have only good things to say about this amazing hair oil. It is so good that I have had to buy 2 more bottles immediately, just so I don’t run out.

Here is a brief product description –

  • ALMOND OIL AS COOKING OIL This oil was extracted from sweet almonds, it is quite clear, pale yellow, low viscosity and mild pure flavor, so it comes as high-quality edible oil used. It is suitable for fresh salads, fruit salads, sauces and sweet dishes, also for frying or for fondue. In Indian cuisine, it is considered a “staple”.

  • OR FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE It is also suitable for a natural, native and mild type of skin care. It is neutral in odor – without chemical additives. Because it is quickly absorbed into the skin like almond oil, used as body and massage oil.

 

 

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PROS

  1. It is a great multi-tasking oil. Fabulous for moisturising he skin (I add it to my regular lotion), conditioning he hair (I use it in my spray bottle with some water), and cooking.
  2. It is pure, undiluted oil. No chemicals, no fragrance.
  3. It is so affordable at only £3.20 for a 200ml botle.
  4. It is readily affordable on eBay, Amazon, Superdrug and many other online stores and regular shops.
  5. It feels great on my skin. It absorbs quickly, leaving my skin feeling moisturised and looking smooth.
  6. It is so good for our hair. I have noticed a massive growth in our hair, especially my daughter’s, since we started using it.

 

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CONS

None.

This product is THE TRUTH! I can’t see myself using any other kind of oil. I have used them all, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil; and this Almond Oil is the best oil by far. I love it. My natural hair has had a full transformation. I am still transitioning, but I can see my hair fully transitioned in about 3 months.

 

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What are your thoughts on Almond Oil? Have you tried it before?

 

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Best Hair Oils for Hair Growth

Believe it or not our natural hair goes through a lot of strain. Harsh chemicals from hair care products, constant styling and environmental changes can really affect our natural hair growth. When you add stress from work, school or family life and a poor diet or eating habits, it’s not surprising why hair loss is slowly becoming a major concern.

 

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Thankfully, nature has come to the rescue. It has been discovered that natural oils contain potential elements like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can add life, lustre and shine to our hair. Of course, these natural oils work excellently for hair growth as well as providing additional benefits. The best part about these oils is that they are completely natural. So, no need to worry about your hair being damaged by harsh chemicals or horrible side effects.

Here are some of the natural oils that you should get your hands on if you want to have beautiful long hair.

 

  1. Olive oil

Extracted from the olive fruit, olive oil has been known for centuries for its amazing health benefits. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E which does wonders to moisturize your hair and scalp and sealing in the moisture. This gives the hair the right environment to grow healthily.

Olive oil also helps to prevent DTH Hormone production. The DTH hormone is the one that causes the hair follicle shaft to narrow. When this happens your hair thins out and loses its lustre.

 

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When shopping around for olive oil make sure you go for high quality virgin or extra virgin olive oil to get the best results for your hair.

 

  1. Coconut Oil

I am a huge fan of coconut oil. I love the fact that it is so versatile. I like to have a few jars of coconut oil in my house.

Just like olive oil, it helps to moisturize your hair. The fatty acids contained in the coconut promote hair growth. It does that by working with the natural proteins in your hair to strengthen and protect it from breaking.

When you massage the oil on your scalp, it boosts blood circulation. This makes the blood vessels on your scalp come to life, making it easier for the nutrients in your blood flow to the hair follicles and promote hair growth.

Consistent application of coconut oil will make your hair thicker, healthier and longer.

 

  1. Almond oil

Although used for aroma therapy, almond oil does wonders for the hair.  The vitamins in Almond oil helps to strengthen, nourish and smoothen the hair. The Vitamin E contained in almond oil makes it an excellent hair conditioner, leaving your hair nice and soft.

Almond oil also penetrates deep into the hair follicle providing the hair cuticles the needed nutrients to keep it strong and promote hair growth.

 

  1. Avocado oil

We hear a lot about avocados being used for facials but it works just as well on our hair too. Avocado is a conditioner and it helps to restore moisture to your hair. It gives your hair the needed strength and lustre to make your hair grow faster and healthier.

 

 

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How to Apply the Natural Oils

Those were just some of the amazing natural oils that help with hair growth. Now you need to know how to apply it correctly to get the  best results. The steps are quite simple and they work for almost any natural oil.

 

Step 1: Warm the oil

Natural oils are more effective when they are warm. All you have to do is pour a dollop of oil in your palm and rub your hands together to warm the oil.

 

Step #2: Massage your scalp with the oil

The target is your scalp. That’s where the growth happens. Use your finger tips to massage the oil in, then spread the excess oil on your hair, most especially the tips. The tips of your hair are the driest so you’ll need to make sure it gets some oil to keep it moist.

 

Step #3: Wrap your hair with a warm towel

This will give the oil time to penetrate into the hair follicles and deep condition your hair. You can leave your hair covered for 15-20 minutes or even overnight to give you maximum results.

 

Step #4: Wash thoroughly

Wash out all the oil from your hair using warm water and your favourite shampoo. Once well washed, air dry your hair or pat with a towel.

 

Which hair oils do you swear by?

How to Care for your Natural Afro Hair

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I am in the middle of transitioning to natural hair and it has been a hell of a ride. On some days, I just feel like giving in and relaxing my hair, but then I stop and remember when I am transitioning in the first place and get on with it. The truth of the matter is caring for your natural afro/kinky hair is hard work. Don’t let any of these Youtubers/Bloggers that make it all look easy fool you. But I had to transition to natural hair because my hair was breaking seriously. After years of chemicals, heat and lack of care, my hair became very weak and unhealthy, I had no choice but to quit the relaxers and all.

The last time I relaxed my hair was well over a year ago now. I did texturised my hair some months ago, because I thought it would make it more manageable but it did nothing for my hair. So I have decided to go down the full natural hair route. I still rock my many wigs when I need to look fly (wink wink), since I am yet to master the art of styling natural hair but I am working on it. My daughter’s hair is natural but it is super curly and soft, so it is a lot easier to manage and style compared to mine. And my hair is still a bunch of different textures which makes it even more difficult to manage.

I am reluctant to do the ‘big chop’. I have been told I don’t have to bother thinking about that for now so I would just see how I get on with growing out my natural hair, and deal with the relaxed ends later.

Here are some ways I care for my natural hair:

 

Pre-Poo

Pre-poo simply means pre-shampoo treatment. I pre-poo my hair with olive oil and water before washing. I divide my hair into 4 sections and massage oil and water into each section and leave on under a shower cap while I carry on as normal. I usually leave it for about 5/6 hours to get the maximum effect before washing it out. This works beautifully on my hair. My hair is detangled, feels soft and looks shiny after a wash.

 

Shampooing
I wash my natural hair every week with a sulfate-free shampoo. I will be reviewing the exact shampoo and other natural hair products I use soon so watch this space.

It is very important to use the right kind of shampoo. The most ideal kind of shampoo for natural african hair is one that contains moisturizing agents. The reason is simple: African hair does not retain moisture easily. This is why afros are more prone to drying out. Extremely dry hair can cause your hair a lot of harm. So it’s a wise choice to start with something that will moisturize your hair, but make sure that you use light products that contain natural ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil or olive oil.

I know some ladies are against using shampoos in general or use only conditioners to wash the hair. I tried this once and my hair didn’t feel clean or feel right, so I don’t recommend this method.

 

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Deep Conditioning
I deep condition once a month. Deep Conditioning helps add the most needed moisture into your hair. Since our natural hair is more prone to drying out, deep conditioning helps moisturize our hair. Conditioning also makes your hair nice and soft.

Also, make sure you carry out the detangling process while you are conditioning your hair. One of the major problems with afros is dealing with tangles. Tangles may come about while washing your hair. If the hair is long, it’s more prone to tangles than short hair. All you have to do is use a wide-toothed comb or picker to pick through the tangles.

 

Drying
I leave my hair to air dry. Natural hair can dry out easily as they lose moisture faster than other hair types. So, using a blow dryer can strip your afro off moisture leaving it looking unhealthy, dull and lifeless. Instead of using a blow dryer, simply air dry. This will save your hair from any unnecessary loss of moisture and hair breakage. Just pat your hair dry with a towel every once in a while and let nature do the rest.

 

Combing/Brushing

I comb my hair when it is damp. To tame your natural hair, you’ve got to comb it in place. Avoid combing your hair when it’s wet. That is when your hair is more prone to breakage.
There’s an art to combing your natural hair if you’d want to maintain the curls – comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. This will help get rid of any knots or tangles that make your hair difficult to manage. Do not use any comb other than a wide-toothed comb as combing will make your afro frizzy and puffed up which will destroy the curly look you are going for. For brushing, I use the Tangle Teezer hair brush for thick, wavy, afro and curly hair. It is the best!

 

Moisturizing
I moisturise my hair daily with oils and creams. One of the problems of curly natural hair is that it loses moisture really quickly. If gone unchecked it can cause hair breakage and make your hair look dull and lifeless. Apply a moisturizer after drying your hair, starting from the tips of your hair all the way to the scalp. To make sure that your hair retains moisture throughout the day, have a spray bottle with some water in it. Spray your hair every once in a while during the day to keep it moist. I have 3/4 water and 1/4 olive oil in my spray bottle and I spray my hair once or twice a day.
Styling
To maintain the round shape of the afro hair (if you have a fro), give your fro a nice trim. Trimming gets rid of the split ends and keeps the ends of your hair healthy. It also helps to enhance hair growth and keep the hair full and bouncy. The next thing to do, is to gently press your hair into that signature round shape.

I am looking forward to rocking this look once my hair grows out.
As you can see maintaining a natural hair is a lot of work. Our afro hair needs love, attention and care, so if you don’t have the time for your hair, I won’t recommend you go down this route. But if you do have the time, the rewards are plenty.

How do you care for your natural hair?