Ayurvedic Herbs and Powders 101

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Let me start by saying, I love Ayuvedic herbs and powders for my kinky hair these herbs/powders repair, thicken, strengthen and condition my hair.

Ayurveda means “the knowledge for long life” while Ayurvedic is the term used to describe a Hindu system of traditional medicine native to India and a form of alternative Medicine.

Ayurveda addresses the well-being of the entire person (physical, psychological and spiritual) in an approach to health & healing that is as relevant to the modern world as it was to the ancient world from which it emerged. Herbs and minerals, nutrition and purification, affirmative ways of living are a few of the ways in which Ayurveda treats not just the ailment but the whole person, emphasizing prevention of disease to avoid the need for cure.

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Ayurvedic Herbs/Powers you should become familiar with that are good for wavy, curly, coily and kinky hair:

~ Neem – Is an antibacterial powerhouse, it helps correct scalp issues, as well as promote healthy hair growth

~ Methi [Fenugreek] – Prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, helps strengthen hair shaft, light protein

~ Hibiscus Petal Powder – Conditions hair, promotes healthy hair growth, prevents hair loss, thickens hair

~ Marshmallow Root Powder – Nourishes hair follicles and scalp, conditioning properties, imparts shine

~ Amla Powder ~ Stimulates hair growth, has wonderful conditioning properties, strengthens hair at the root

~ Kalpi Tone –Promotes hair growth, prevents pre mature balding, light conditioning properties, imparts shine

~ Fenugreek Seed Powder – Prevents hair loss, promotes hair growth, helps strengthen hair shaft, light protein

~ Brahmi Powder – Strengthens hair at the roots, helps relieve dandruff, also purported to thicken hair

~ Bhringraj Powder – Promotes hair growth, prevents pre mature balding, light conditioning properties

~ Orange Peel – Imparts incredible shine, light conditioning properties

~ Nettle – Nourishes hair and scalp, imparts shine, light conditioning properties

~ Shikakai – Acts as a natural cleanser, and mild conditioner, whilst promoting hair growth

~ Aritha [Reetha] – Natural cleansing agent

~ Ashwagandha – prevents hair loss. The main reason why it helps to put an end to hair loss is that hair loss and slow hair growth is normally caused by a hormone known as cortisol. Ashwagandha reduces Cortisol (and it also stops anxiety).

Since Indian women have such beautiful hair, it is certainly worth giving these powders a try. You could also blend different powders together; however, before doing so, take time to familiarize yourself with Ayurvedic powders because certain powders do not work well when mixed together.

Before applying these powders to their hair, Indian women pre-treat their hair with a cold pressed oil such as extra virgin coconut oil, mustard oil, sesame seed oil or an oil infused with Ayurvedic herbs. They allow the oil to sit on the hair for an hour or overnight with a plastic cap.

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Steps for Applying Ayuvedic Powder:

1. After you rinse the pre-treatment oil out, section your hair into four quadrants.

2. Place the required amount of Ayuvedic powder in a bowl then add warm distilled water and mix well to create a thick paste.

3. Apply the paste to one quadrant of your hair then massage the paste into the hair and scalp of that quadrant rotating with your finger tips. Repeat this process for each quadrant.

4. Wrap your hair in Saran Wrap and leave it on for 30-45 minutes.

5. Rinse well then Co-wash Rinse again with cool water.

6. Moisturize and Seal your hair with your choice of oil or butter.

BTW: You can add green tea, oils, and or a natural moisturizing conditioner to mix into your paste mix. Just make sure to keep the consistency thick like yogurt. Also,
prepared paste mix can be stored in the fridge for a week in a sealed container

Have you ever used Ayurvedic herbs, or powders? How do you mix them?

Should you use Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Hair?

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Should you use Apple Cider Vinegar for Natural Hair?
By Natural Hair Lovers

Do you co-wash your hair? Do you have an itchy scalp?Do you have overly porous or frizz hair? If the answer is yes, you should use an application of Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse every 2-4 weeks.

Rinsing your hair with ACV will rid the hair of product build up that co-washing can not remove. This build up results from the use of styling products, oils and products with silicones.

Rinsing your hair with ACV will help balance the pH of your hair and scalp which will relive an itchy scalp.

Rinsing your hair with ACV will close the cuticle layers of the hair which will reduce the porosity and frizz in your hair.

Shampoo removes product build up because most shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate which dissolves most silicones, oils and dirt but, and strips away all of your scalp’s natural oils. Natural hair is dry enough and harsh sulfates will just make things worse. This is why we co-wash; however, co-washing does not remove remove build up. Therefore, we need to clarify (remove product build up) on our hair and the application of AVC is good for this purpose.

ACV can be applied in three different ways depending on your hair’s need.

1. For reliving itchy scalp

Massage it liberally on your scalp “before” you co-wash your hair. Leave it on 3-5 minutes then co-wash it out.

2. For removing product build up

Massage it liberally into your hair and scalp “after” you co-wash and condition your hair. Leave it on 3-5 minutes then rinse it out.

3. For closing the cuticle layers on overly porous or frizz hair

Massage it liberally into your hair “after” you co-wash and condition your hair then “leave” it in your hair. The smell will disappear when your hair drys.

You can use one or any combination of these applications of ACV depending on what your hair needs. Most of the time, I use Application #3 because I have porous hair (colored-treated) that causes my cuticle to open. This ACV application closes my cuticles makes my hair shine.

However, ACV will cause some of your hair color to bleed (come out) so apply your ACV before your color. Sometimes, I will do the ACV application a day before my color, but, do what works best for your hair.

Apple cider vinegar is quite acidic. It has a pH of about 3. Wet hair has a pH of 4.5-5.5. If you add an acidic rinse like apple cider vinegar to the hair, it will further reduce the pH of your hair strands. Making your hair slightly more acidic will close the cuticles of the hair, making the layers of the cuticles lay down flat.

A smooth, flat cuticle will do four things:

1. Lock in protein and moisture.

Flat cuticles will not let out moisture and protein through evaporation which will keep your hair moisturized and healthy.

2. Adds shine to your hair.

Light reflects off of smooth surfaces. While you may not have as much shine as a person with bone straight hair, shine is an indicator that your cuticles are smooth and closed.

3. Flatten the hair for detangling.

Raised cuticles give the hair that jagged, rough feeling we often talk about with shampoos that “strip.” These raised cuticles are more likely to grab and snag on each other. This also helps with single strand knots.

4. Adds elasticity to your hair and makes your curls defined.

Remember that low pH substances have more hydrogen ions (as opposed to hydroxide ions). The more hydrogen bonds, the more manageable and elastic your hair will be over time.

Now, keep in mind that temperature of water affects cuticles as well. Warm water opens the cuticle so that co- wash and rinses can get the oil and dirt out. Cool water shuts the cuticle as conditioners (that are usually acidic) smooth the hair down and lock moisture in.

If your hair tends to get tangled or loses its luster over time, test out an apple cider vinegar rinse followed by a thorough conditioning and detangling session. After you’ve perfected your ACV mixture, it can be a very beneficial rinse for our wavy, curly, coily, and kinky hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar rinses should never make your hair feel hard. If the ACV rinse makes your hair feel hard or tangly after rinsing, your mixture needs to be diluted with more water. One part of apple cider vinegar to three parts of water is a good mixture to start with, i.e., one ounce of ACV to three ounces of water. Make adjustments by adding more or less water.

ACV is Safe and Healthy for your hair when used properly! *Note that ACV is an acid that is much more acidic than your hair. It can and will start to degrade your hair shaft with overuse. So, remember to be cautious and pay close attention to your hair’s reaction to frequent ACV use. Using ACV every 2-4 weeks is a good rule of thumb for almost everyone.

If you apply ACV frequently and get good results, then your mixture is most likely suited to your hair type. If not, then you need to make necessary adjustments.

How do you use ACV and how often?

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What are Green Smoothies?

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An introduction
Green Smoothies are smoothies blended with fresh leafy greens – simple as that. Quite often the greens are blended with fruits at a ratio of 60-40 giving you a delicious meal bursting with nutrition! Kids and adults of all ages love green smoothies.

We’ve all heard “Eat Your Greens” and “Greens are Good for You”, but do you really know how true it is? If you did then you would be drinking a green smoothie right now.

The health benefits of green smoothies are unmatched by any other single meal.

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Greens are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, phytonutrients, and amino acids (protein).
As fantastic as greens are, we would have to chew them a long long time to get them to the creamy consistency necessary to take full advantage of all the nutrition they hold. The nutrition lies within the plant’s cell walls which are one of the strongest things found in nature. That’s where the green smoothie part comes in… Continue reading

Oil Rinsing…Is this “The Miracle” for your Dry Natural Hair that you have been looking for???

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Is your natural hair extremely dry? Does it tangle easily? Have you tried everything to keep moisture in your hair and nothing works? Then you want to pay close attention to Oil Rinsing.

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An oil rinse is a hair treatment used primarily on kinky, coily, afro textured hair. Oil Rinsing is the step between co-washing/shampooing and conditioning, that keeps the hair moisturized longer, makes detangling a cinch, soften hair follicles, promotes growth, and prevents fairy knots. Continue reading

What are Essential Oils?

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Essential Oils are liquids that are generally distilled, usually by steam or water, from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. They contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are extremely potent and a little goes a long way.

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Essential Oils are used by diluting them with a carrier oil like olive, coconut, grape seed, sweet almond or jojoba oil, etc. Never use the essential oils directly on the hair or skin. When used properly and in the right combinations they can work wonders in the hair and scalp. Organic essential oils are better than non-organic essential oils. Continue reading

Scalp Massage “The Ayurvedic Way”

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Ayurveda is a holistic approach to healing and the oldest natural system of medicine in India.  According to Ayurveda, a healthy beautiful head of hair requires an ongoing care routine that starts with nourishment.  So, why wait until you experience hair issues?

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Candy Cane Brown Sugar Scrub

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It takes minutes to make and smells so good!

4 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of olive oil
1 cup of almond oil
5 drops of pure peppermint oil
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

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Simply mix all ingredients together in a large glass mixing bowl. Scoop mixture into a recycled glass jars or mason jar with a top.

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Additional Tip’s:
– Mix it up and add lemon or lavender pure essential oils rather than peppermint for a different scent.
– Add more olive oil if your mixture seems a bit dry.
-Apply it to your body lightly rubbing in circular motions then rinse well.

Enjoy!!!

What is all the Buzz about Rhassoul Clay?

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What is Rhassoul Clay and where does it come from?
This remarkable natural source, reddish brown cosmetic clay known as Rhassoul comes from Morocco.  It has been used for centuries as a soap, shampoo, as well as a hair and skin treatment.  Some of the finest spas across the world currently use it for therapeutic benefits.

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It is mined deep beneath the Atlas Mountains in Eastern Morocco and extracted under extremely special conditions. When first mined, Rhassoul Clay appears as a polished brown, soap-like clay that is chunky in appearance and resembling rocks.  After further refinement and micronization, the end product is a smooth almost silken earth. Continue reading

My Favorite Essential Oil…Lavender!

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Lavender Essential Oil

Multi-purpose lavender has sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. It’s helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds and burns. Most people can tolerate lavender essential oil applied directly to the skin. Try mixing 5-10 drops in a carrier oil like Olive, Sweet Almond, Sunflower or Avocado oil for a great scalp massage. Continue reading