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How to Use Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

In the natural hair world, you will learn every day how simple foods in your kitchen and be used to accelerate your hair growth. I’ve heard of hair drinking bottles of beer so they can look shiny afterward. I’ve heard of hair having a complete balanced diet of eggs, bananas & yogurt in order to remain strengthened. Recently, guava leaves have become the new trend. I was surfing over the internet when I saw the rave about Guavas for hair loss & hair growth. I deep dived & saw that this time around, it was not the guava fruit that was doing the magic, it was the leaves. What use are Guava leaves for hair growth I wondered?

Just like the guava fruit, its leaves are rich in vitamin B2 & C which helps repair the cells and tissues in your body. Apparently, this vitamin also helps to boost collagen activity required for hair growth. Guava leaves also contain Lycopene that gives hair protection from sun’s UV rays.

Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

How to Use Guava Leaves for Hair Growth

According to Hairlossable,

1. In order to reap the full benefits that guava has to offer, all you need to do is boil a handful of guava leaves in a liter of water for about 20 minutes.  At that time, set it aside to cool down to room temperature, before straining the water.Before applying the leaves, you must ensure that your hair is product free, so it might be best to use after showering.

2. When the water is at room temperature, apply it onto your hair from roots to tip, and then massaging into your scalp and hair root. The restorative properties that are found in the guava leaves are transferred within the water, once it is boiled. If you put the solution onto your hair shaft regularly, the mixture will work to help reduce your hair loss.

3. You can put on your shower & wrap your towel around it for up to two hours.  Then rinse your hair with lukewarm water. Remember to moisturize & seal afterward.

.I know that here in Nigeria, you have to boil some herbs in order to reap their benefits. By massaging the guava leave extract into your scalp, this improves blood pressure, which helps the follicles receive more nutrition. You can do this Guava extra rinse on your wash days.

Remember to visit a trichologist if you have severe hair loss or scalp problems.

So tell us, have you ever tried using guava leaves for hair growth?

REFERENCES

http://food.ndtv.com/beauty/guava-leaves-for-hair-growth-how-to-use-this-ancient-beauty-remedy-1629193

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The Lazy Naturalista’s Guide for the Rainy Season

naturalista's guide for the rainy season

Hello! As we all know, the rains are here and the downpour has been serious. *shivers* My umbrella is now constantly in my bag just in case. Also, during the rainy season, it is common to see infections like common cold, cough, etc, so you need to take care of the food you eat and water you drink. *handing you an orange*. Besides it is important you take care of your hair this rainy season. Dirty rain water, raised levels of humidity might have an adverse effect on your hair & scalp. Here is a lazy naturalista’s guide for the rainy season:

Try to protect your hair from the rain: You might remember the last time your hair was caught in the rain and you had to endure that nasty damp smell that followed afterward. As part of the naturalista’s guide, always keep a shower cap in your bag always to keep your hair protected.

naturalista's guide for the rainy season

Shampoo to Remove Damp Smell: Truthfully, it’s a bit difficult not to get your hair wet this rainy season, but when you do, get it dried immediately. However, if u are unable to do so, u might need to shampoo after to get rid of the smell. Remember to deep condition after washing your hair.

 Consider Wig Styling: If for one reason or the other your hair gets wet by the rain multiple times in a week, shampooing all those times will be too excessive. You might want to try wigs. With wigs, you can pull them off to dry when they get wet by the rain.

naturalista's guide for the rainy season

Use Hand Dryers Sparingly: You might be tempted to use hand dryers to dry your hair. Do this as minimal as possible as too much of it can cause your hair to dry excessively which can lead to breakage.

Sealing in the Moisture: Yes, this is very important too. You would notice that the air conditioners in your home or office get colder during this season. You need to moisturize & seal your hair regularly so the ACs don’t dry them out.

 One last thing, don’t forget to drink lots of water this season.

Got more tips for us? Please share so we can learn & add to our naturalista’s guide.

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Moisturizing Oils for DIY Leave-in Conditioner

moisturizing oils

Hello! Last week, I experimented with a DIY leave-in conditioner using some oils as well as glycerin. My hair felt great, but for some reasons, it dried out very quickly. I came across an article his week which mentioned that some oils are best for moisturizing while others are best for sealing. This is due to certain components (fatty acids, molecular structure, etc) in these oils. This could mean that some selections of moisturizing oils for DIY leave-in conditioner would be perfect.

Top Moisturizing Oils for DIY Leave-in Conditioner

Coconut Oil: A lot of hair enthusiasts are in love with this oil. Personally, I use it when pre-pooing. It has the capacity of penetrating the hair. However, it should be used with water when doing the DIY. This is because, not all of it gets absorbed into the hair, some might still sit on the hair.

Moisturizing oils

Olive Oil: Prior to now, I used olive oil as a sealant because of the shine it gives. I mixed it with my deep conditioner sometimes too. However, it is a moisturizing oil. Like coconut oil, it works best when mixed with water.

Moisturizing oils

Palm Kernel Oil: It is said that  this has the capacity to penetrate the hair, although sufficient research has not been done on it. Palm kernel oil has a nutty smell. Women in some parts of Nigeria applied it on the skin of babies. Now I know that it is also beneficial for my hair. In case you are looking for it in Lagos, it is called “Adi Ekuro”.

Avocado Oil: I have not used this oil before.However, internet sources claim that it has the ability to penetrate into the hair. I would like to experiment with it someday.

Moisturizing oils

Now that I know the top moisturizing oils for DIY leave-in conditioner, it is important to know the best oils to use when sealing in moisture. They include Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Grape seed oil, Jojoba oil.

Which of these oils do you use?

References

http://trialsntresses.com/natural-hair/moisturizing-oil-vs-sealing-oil

http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com.ng/2013/06/oils-which-ones-soak-in-vs-coat-hair.html

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5 Tips for Long Hair Growth

tips for long hair growth - long Nigerian hair

There are some times you sit in a bus, or even just walking down your street and you see a lady with long & full hair. Most times, you would be tempted to ask if that is her real hair. The next question many of us would ask is either “What do you put on your hair?” or “How do you grow your hair longer?” Here are 5 tips for long hair growth:

  1. Set your hair goals: Just the same way you set goals for what you want to achieve in life; you can also set goals for what you want to see in your hair.             You should also write down your hair goals so that you can always go back to them. For example, you can say that “ I want my hair length to have grown by 2 inches by July 31st 2016”                                                                                                                            
  2. Know your hair: It took me a couple of months to understand my hair. Does your hair prefer protein deep conditioning to moisture deep conditioning? What oils & butters work best for your hair?                                                                             For example, a lot of people on the internet say that their hair loves coconut oil as a sealant. For me, it makes my hair really hard & crunchy. I only use it as a pre-poo or to oil my dry scalp.
  3. Deep Condition Regularly: For long hair growth, deep conditioning is very compulsory. You can do this every week, or every two weeks. This depends on your hair as well.

    tips for long hair growth - long Nigerian hair
    Protein Deep Conditioners
  4. Moisturizing & Sealing: A friend of mine complained, “My hair is soo dry, although I oiled it this morning”. Oil alone is not a perfect moisturizer.
  5. For long hair growth, you are to apply water or leave in conditioner that has water in it first to your hair. You can then apply the oil to seal in moisture in to your hair.                                                           tips for long hair growth - long Nigerian hair
  6. Master your Detangling Process: At the beginning of my hair journey, I suffered a lot of hair breakage because I was too impatient to detangle my hair and I did not even know how to go about it.                                                                             You should detangle with a wide tooth comb, from root to tips. You can also use a leave-in conditioner to give your hair a slip.

Feel free to add your own tips for long hair growth.

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Hair Dilemma | Going back to Relaxed Hair?

Going back to relaxed hair - long Nigerian hair

Lately, I have been battling with several thoughts in my head about going back to relaxed hair. When people see my hair, they ask “ Are you natural too?” , “You are transitioning abi?”.  I am not exactly sure what to answer some times. I could just say “I have not just relaxed in a while”, or “I may be transitioning”, etc.

Sincerely, I do not know whether or not to go natural. All I want is my hair to be healthy and very long. I decided not to relax my hair for 10 months so far because I wanted to see what my natural hair really looks like.

The last time I saw my natural hair in all its glory was when I was 8 years old. Then, I would have tears in my eyes on my way back from the hair salon because my hair was so tough to handle. Hairdressers would complain that my hair was too thick. Their combs would also complain by breaking. Nobody knew about moisturizing and sealing back then.

Going back to relaxed hair - long Nigerian hair

 

From the last 10 months, I noticed that the front part of my hair is fragile, the middle is a thick forest and the back is sooo soft and fluffy. My hair prefers to be left alone most of the time. It prefers moisturizing conditioners to protein conditioners.

I enjoyed the straight look of my relaxed hair.  My relaxed hair shined easily even with little product, unlike my natural hair that would sometimes refuse to shine no matter the water, butter and oil in it.

Going back to relaxed hair? long Nigerian hair

I must confess that my natural hair feels and looks healthier than my relaxed hair.  I also enjoy the fact that my hair is really full and thick.

My natural hair is an ever-thirsty camel.  It takes in lots of moisture, shampoo, deep conditioner, etc.  My relaxed hair was easier to manage than my natural hair. My arms usually ache while I am washing my hair these days.

For now, I will just enjoy my hair the way it is. I don’t plan to big chop. I might change my mind tomorrow and relax my hair.

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December Hair Goals & Regimen

Hair goals are important when on a journey to long Nigerian hair

Happy new month! It’s time to set some hair goals for the last month of 2015. December is one of my favorite months in a year for a lot reasons. Firstly, I love the harmattan that comes with it. Secondly, holidays & family reunions & lots of food to eat. However, it is important to set some hair goals in order to maintain healthy hair this holiday.

December hair goals for long Nigerian hair

Key Pointers for December Hair Goals & Regimen

  • Moisture, Moisture & more Moisture: One major reason it seems i’m screaming the word “moisture” is because of the harmattan. Dryness is synonymous with this weather. I intend to incorporate a lot of  moisture into my hair regimen this December. I intend to do the LOC (Liquid, Oil & Creme) to add moisture to my hair.  Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor oil, Strengthen, grow & restore leave-in conditioner is the liquid. Grape seed oil is the Oil while Elasta Qp mango butter moisturizer is the creme.
  • Protective Styling: I intend to wear my hair in protective styles 90% of the time this month. I will switch up my hair style with a variety of wigs. With wigs, my hair is protected beneath.
  • Moisture Deep Conditioning: Because of the dryness of the harmattan, I will add some honey to my deep conditioning treatment to boost the moisture.
  • #One_Inch_December: In line with hair growth challenge currently ongoing, i should have grown an inch of hair by December 31st. I will do the inversion method in the first week of December.

 

 

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