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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?

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Natural Hair Transition Progress

If you have been reading Fashion and Style Police for a while, you would know all about my natural hair transition (well if you didn’t know, you know now). So this is an update on my natural hair transition progress so far.

My hair has grown a lot longer and thicker since my last natural hair transition update. I am happy with how it looks, my hair has not looked this healthy in ages. My edges are back and they look amazing. I am really happy with the overall look of my hair. I think it is transitioning beautifully, and I am impressed.

 

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For those who wonder how I maintain my natural hair, here is how my monthly routine looks like:

 

Cornrows

I have my hair in cornrows for about a month. I do this because it is easier for me to treat and manage my hair, and I can still wear my wigs when I want, which is the best of both worlds for me. When I have my cornrows on, I moisturise with water and oil from a spray bottle every day and my T444Z Hair Food every other day.

 

Take  Off the Cornrows

Once I take off my cornrows, I deep conditioned my hair with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. I leave on for 30 minutes, then I give my hair a very good wash with Shea Mositure Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Restorative Conditioner.

 

 

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Moisturise

After the wash, I moisturise with water and oil from a spray bottle. I usually mix Olive, Argan or Coconut oil with the water to lock in the hair moisture. I am currently using Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Growth Moisturizer and I find it just ok. I won’t be using it again though because it has a very thick consistency which makes mixing with water a pain in the behind, and I didn’t notice any massive growth increase either.

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I also use my good old African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave-in conditioner every day to lock in even more moisture. I am so in love with this particular product. I think it is so effective.

 

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I usually have my natural hair loose for about 2 weeks before getting the cornrows done again. That time gives my hair some breathing space and the natural hair routine seems to be working fine.

I am yet to do the big/small chop and I doubt it will ever get done because my relaxed ends seem to be turning natural already. I will give it a few more months and see if I need to have a chop of any sort at all.

 

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What do you think of my natural hair transition progress?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Stop your Hair from Thinning Out

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Has your hair lost volume? Is your hair thinning out? Thinning hair has been a great problem for women. As the hair thins down, your hair becomes brittle, it breaks and eventually falls out. There are a lot of factors that cause the hair to thin out. Stress, poor diet, harsh chemical hair products are among some of the main reasons and sometimes it can also be genetic.
Your hair can improve considerably if you change your hair care routine. Here are some hair care tips you may find useful:
1.    Save your hair from tension
Excessive tugging on your hair while brushing or tying your hair up in a tight ponytail or bun can cause a lot of tension to your hair. You also cause tension to your hair each time you use a comb and a hair dryer when trying to straighten your hair. This causes the hair follicles to get damaged.
Practise brushing your hair gently and try not to comb your hair as often. I know this may sound crazy but to retain some hair length, especially for the natural afro hair, you need to not comb as often.

Instead of making hairstyles that will require you to keep your hair tightly together, choose looser hairstyles. Instead of having to comb everyday, have your hair in a protective style so you don’t have to comb as much.
2.    Cut back on using heated styling tools to style your hair
Subjecting your hair to intense heat can weaken the hair and cause it to break easily. I stay away from heated styling tools completely. They are great for hair extensions but not for my hair. I air dry my hair 99% of the time. If at all you have to use them, make sure you apply a heat protectant to help conserve moisture in your hair.
3.    Condition you hair regularly
When your hair is dehydrated, the strands grow thinner. Conditioning will help restore moisture into your hair. The amino acids found in hair conditioners help to prevent your hair from further damage. Go for lightweight conditioners because ultra-softening conditioners tend to be heavy for the hair. Opt for conditioners that contain panthenol and glycerin as they help to moisturize and thicken the hair.
4.    Give your scalp a good massage
Massaging your scalp promotes blood circulation which stimulates hair growth. You can use natural oils like sesame oil to massage your scalp before shampooing. Another name for this exercise is “Pre-Poo”. Or each time you shampoo your hair, give your scalp a good massage before rinsing the shampoo out.
5.    Eat a healthy diet
The hair derives nutrients from the body. A deficiency in hair-friendly food can cause your hair to thin down. So eat foods rich in the B vitamins, folic acid and iron. Include leafy green vegetables, eggs, beans, carrots and nuts into your diet and your hair may start to thank you for it.
6.    Take time off to relax
Stress affects everything so I wasn’t surprise to learn it also affects our hair follicles, which make them stop producing. Taking time off to unwind is essential to our wellbeing.

 

Are you struggling with your hair thinning out?