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Benefits of Rhassoul Clay for Natural Hair

If you’re looking to cleanse and detoxify your hair without drying or stripping it of essential oils, give natural clays a try. These clays are renowned for their healing, detoxifying, and absorptive qualities. They are affordable and effective. There are quite a few natural clays to choose from that are especially great for kinky, curly, and coily hair including bentonite clay, green clay, and kaolin clay, etc. This article will focus on the unique benefits of rhassoul clay for natural hair. What is Rhassoul Clay? Rhassoul clay, also known as Red Clay, Ghasshoul Clay, or Moroccan Clay is a natural…[Read the full article]

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Shampoo Alternatives for Natural Hair

Most would agree that wash day rolls around way too often. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Cleansing your hair is necessary. What we too often find though, is regular shampoos are filled with harsh detergents/sulfates, chemicals, drying alcohols, and non-soluble silicones that can result in breakage, overly dry, stripped, and tangled hair. Some naturals, no matter what they use on their hair, it turns out great. But for many others, using a run of the mill shampoo is out of the question. Fear not, there are many shampoo alternatives for natural hair that can leave…[Read the full article]

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Winter Hair Care and Maintenance

  Baby, its cold outside! We live in Canada and winter is part of our DNA. Whether you’re in Ottawa, Edmonton, or Halifax, naturalistas all over this country have first-hand experience with the bitter cold and the havoc it can wreak on their hair. Curly hair is fragile by nature because of all the bends and curves in each strand. Add the drying effects of harsh winds, sub zero temperatures, a lack of humidity, and wet snow, and we now have a recipe for disaster. But it doesn’t have to be. There are some great ways to protect and care…[Read the full article]

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Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Natural Hair

Clays have been around for centuries.  They have a rich history dating back to ancient Egypt and are widely used amongst indigenous cultures around the world. Prized for their healing, detoxifying, and absorptive qualities, clays are used for a myriad of reasons. What is Bentonite Clay?   Bentonite clay is a renowned healing clay used both internally and externally to promote better health. Bentonite clay is actually volcanic ash deposited in sea water. Today, bentonite clay is mostly harvested in the US, Italy, and France. It is a very fine, smooth, and odourless powder comprised of various nutrients and minerals. The clay is negatively charged, but…[Read the full article]

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Butter love – what your hair needs

It’s that time of year again, winter is here and everyone is concerned about dry, unruly hair. Naturalistas are searching for products that will keep moisture in and make hair soft and manageable through the long winter. Aside from a basic hair care routine what we put on our hair can go a long way in helping to retain moisture, improve hair strength and increase manageability, regardless of the season. Natural butters are common ingredients used in haircare products to boost vitality and appearance. While butters like shea are well known for their haircare benefits there are many others that…[Read the full article]

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Hair porosity: characteristics and care

Now that you know about porosity, lets talk about how it affects the characteristics and care of your hair. Low porosity hair: characteristics  and care Difficulty absorbing moisture Resistant to chemical processing Lengthy drying time Prone to build up from conditioners and styling products Sensitivity to proteins (for some) Low porosity hair thrives on moisture. The trick is to get it into the cuticle which is a difficult task as the cuticle layers are closed. There are different approaches but some favourites include using heat with your deep conditioner and using baking soda in your regimen. Heat: Opens the cuticles layers…[Read the full article]

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Hair porosity matters

Do you feel like your hair is in a never ending battle between moisture and dryness? Is your hair rough to the touch? Is it dull and frizzy? Caring for your hair when you are constantly battling these problems is enough to give anyone the blues. But the resolution, may be as simple as knowing the porosity of your hair. Hair porosity matters to the health of your hair. Definition Porosity is the quality of being porous, or full of tiny holes. Liquids go right through things that have porosity. (http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/porosity). The hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture is…[Read the full article]

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Navigating the transition journey

Not ready for the Big Chop (BC)? Still want to hold on to your length? Don’t let the pressure of the BC stress you out. Many have successfully grown out their relaxers for a long period of time before taking the shears to their tresses. The decision to transition seems like an easy one on the surface, however, this process requires patience, commitment, and creativity to maintain the health of two distinctly different textures. The point where your relaxed hair meets your new growth is the most fragile area of the hair shaft. This specific point is called the line…[Read the full article]

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The lowdown on going natural

The process So, you want to “go natural” – a term commonly used to describe the switch from relaxed/permed hair to natural hair. The process can be done in a variety of ways. First, there’s the Big Chop (BC) where in one fantastical moment you decide to cut off all those relaxed tresses. Some opt to visit a salon and get this done by a professional while others attempt the feat on their own. Whatever the means the outcome is the same, a head full of fresh, new coils and curls. Thoughts on the BC run the gamut from nerve…[Read the full article]

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