Raw African Black Soap for Natural Hair (Tutorial)

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Hey loves! Postpartum shedding and a severely itchy scalp had reared its ugly head a few months ago. I had been using Raw African Black Soap on my youngest son hair to toe for his severe eczema and had great results. I decided to give it a try on my hair! Raw African Black Soap is a great natural remedy for dandruff, itchy scalp, rashes, psoriasis and of course eczema! It’s also hypoallergenic, vegan and has NO EXPIRATION DATE! Before I get into my results, here are some major benefits of using Raw African Black Soap on natural hair.black soap for natural hair, african black soap natural hair, black soap natural hair, black soap curly hair, black soap alopecia, holistic remedy alopecia, black soap eczema, african black soap Psoriasis, black soap dry scalp, african black soap dry scalp, hoslitic remedies scalp conditions, black soap curly hair, african black soap curly hair, curly nikki, naturally curly, healthy hair to toe

Raw African Black Soap or “black soap” has so many natural cleansing properties for the hair and skin! Some of them include:

  • antibacterial
  • anti-oxidant
  • anti-fungal
  • antiseptic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiviral
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Always purchase unrefined and raw African Black Soap. I purchased mine from Raw Apothecary.

This is CRUCIAL for healthy hair and skin! These cleansing properties rid the scalp of problem causing bacteria and product build up that can clog pores and follicles. When hair follicles and pores are clogged they can become a breeding ground for pesky scalp conditions and hinder hair growth. Black soap also has the unique ability to removes excess oils from the scalp and hair, without removing essential natural oils in our scalp and on our hair. This helps our strands to retain moisture and reduce excessive dryness and damage. Black soap is also a natural source of vitamins A and E which are essential for maintaining strong healthy hair and skin (increases elasticity).

Did you know that black soap is also a gentle exfoliant? Exfoliants give us a deep invigorating clean feeling from free radicals while revealing rejuvenated hair and skin.  Black soap also contains iron oxides and it has numerous natural healing properties.

Raw African Black soap’s ingredients are highly beneficial for both hair and skin! They include:

  • All-Natural Shea Butter – Highly moisturizing, rich in Vitamins A & E, it has been proven to repair skin damage.
  • Palm Oil – High in antioxidants and great for improving acne, eczema and burns.
  • Coconut Oil – Locks in moisture, helping to reduce wrinkles.
  • Cocoa Pod – Great anti-inflammatory properties that go to battle for your skin against free radicals.
  • Plantain Skin Ash – Great moisturizing & exfoliating properties.

My Experience Using African Black Soap On My Natural Hair

I noticed my hair has been THRIVING since cleansing my hair with black soap! I’ve coupled this cleansing method with another daily scalp regimen (details on that coming soon) and my hair has never been healthier!black soap for natural hair, african black soap natural hair, black soap natural hair, black soap curly hair, black soap alopecia, holistic remedy alopecia, black soap eczema, african black soap Psoriasis, black soap dry scalp, african black soap dry scalp, hoslitic remedies scalp conditions, black soap curly hair, african black soap curly hair, curly nikki, naturally curly, healthy hair to toe My curls and coils are shinier, bouncier and easier to manage. I’ve also found that I’m experiencing much less shedding. In fact, my hair is the longest it’s ever been since returning to natural hair almost 8 years ago! My itchy scalp is pretty much non-existent as well.

When it comes to using black soap on natural hair the benefits are endless. It’s great for all ages, hair types and skin types! The best part is that no mixing or prepping is required to use it!

Here’s a quick video on how I’ve incorporated Raw African Black Soap into my healthy hair regimen:

Have you tried using Raw African Black Soap to cleanse and detox your hair/scalp? Comment below and let me know!

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4 Vitamins in Plant Based Foods That Promote Healthy Hair Growth

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As a vegan, the first thing I’m usually asked is “where do you get your protein & vitamins from?”. The next thing I’m asked is “how do you keep your hair healthy with your diet?”. Most people would be surprised to know exactly how many plant-based foods provide more than the recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals. Many of these foods contain the necessary vitamins needed to keep you and your hair thriving and healthy. So before you head to the beauty supply store for expensive vitamins that promise to do the same, try looking in your kitchen and refrigerator. Here are 4 essential vitamins for optimal hair growth that you can find in plant-based foods.

Biotin (B-Complex)

Biotin is one of the most researched and known of all hair vitamins. Biotin is essential in promoting healthy hair by increasing the hair’s elasticity. Elasticity is an important sign of healthy hair because it refers to how far strands can stretch and bounce back to its original shape without breaking.

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Foods like egg yolk. nuts, almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, nut butters, soybeans and other legumes, whole grains and cereals, cauliflower, bananas and mushrooms are considered great sources of biotin.

You can get your biotin boost from plant-based foods like lentils, bulger, green peas, brown rice, oats as well as the foods pictured above.

 

Niacin (B3)

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, helps to nourish the scalp and promote healthy hair growth. Signs of niacin deficiency include dry, brittle, lackluster hair. You may even notice hair loss.

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Foods like sweet potato, asparagus, carrots, spinach and avocado are significant sources of vitamin b3 which promotes optimal hair health and growth.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, try boosting your niacin intake with plant-based foods like peanuts, mushrooms, broccoli, dates, green peas, sunflower seeds, and avocado.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C contributes to the development of collagen. Collagen is important in promoting hair growth and maintaining the strength of hair.

Mango, kiwi, apples, and citrus fruits are all key sources of vitamin c.
Mango, kiwi, apples, and citrus fruits are all key sources of vitamin c.

Vitamin C also assists in the absorption of iron, which is essential in keeping strands strong and healthy. Foods like cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, broccoli, green and red peppers, and tomatoes all serve as significant sources of Vitamin C.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a significant factor in creating a healthy base for a thriving scalp. Just like soil to a plant, a healthy scalp is the foundation for beautiful healthy hair. shutterstock_381113728-e1460664523903Signs of a healthy scalp include soft, nourished hair with minimal frizz and few split ends. Foods that contain high amounts of vitamin E are spinach, almonds, avocado, sunflower seeds and tomatoes.

There are an infinite number of vitamins essential for healthy thriving hair. The two most important things you can do to obtain healthy hair is to start from within. Drinking plenty of water and maintaining a nourishing healthy diet year round will allow for your scalp and strands to flourish on a consistent basis. How do you feed your hair?

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3 Easy DIY Conditioners for Dry Damaged Hair

Between heat styling, protective styling or just plain old over manipulation, it’s easy for our hair to become dry, damaged or worse..both. Here are 3 easy DIY conditioners that require only 1-2 ingredients max to repair your hair while keeping it hydrated, healthy and thriving!

Greek Yogurt Hair Mask

What you’ll need:

1 cup of plain non-flavored Greek yogurt. diy conditioner hair

That’s it! Greek yogurt is such an easy and awesome way to give your hair and scalp essential protein and probiotics when your stands are feeling weak and brittle. Greek yogurt contains more protein than traditional yogurt, about 20g per 6-8 ounce container. Greek Yogurt is also rich in calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamins B6 and B12., and probiotic cultures which are all necessary for shiny, moisturized and healthy hair. Probiotics are vital healthy bacteria that not only promote a healthy gut but also a healthy scalp and minimize hair loss.

How To Use:

Just massage into scalp, apply to hair. You can leave this hydrating mask on your hair from 20 minutes to 1 hour. Tip: Just be sure to rinse very thoroughly with warm water to prevent your hair from smelling like spoiled milk.

Olive Oil & Honey Hair Mask

What you’ll need:

1 tbsp raw organic honey & 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. diy conditioner hair olive oil honey hair mask

This mask is a 2 for 1. You’ll have hydrated hair while promoting healthy hair growth. Olive oil is extremely lightweight but also has the ability to penetrate the hair and scalp better than most oils. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory agent that promotes both scalp health and prevents dandruff. When using extra virgin olive oil you are giving your hair an even bigger boost due to its high levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E. Keep in mind, vitamin E is an essential antioxidant that encourages hair growth. Honey works as a natural antiseptic and anti bacterial agent. It works to keep our scalp clear of infectious bacteria and dandruff. Honey is also a natural heat protectant, which makes it an ideal ingredient for naturals that heat style often. Lastly, honey is a natural humectant. It will prevent the loss of moisture from the hair, a common issue during cold winters and very hot/humid summers.

How To Use:

Add olive oil to honey and blend until smooth and even. Apply to hair and leave on for 30-45 minutes without heat. 20 minutes with heat. Tip: If you have fine hair & find your hair weighed down after oil treatments, use as a pre-poo instead.

Olive & Coconut Oil Protein Treatment

What you’ll need:

Equal parts extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin (and unrefined) coconut oil.diy conditioner hair olive oil honey hair mask damaged hair

This DIY conditioner will leave your hair stronger, more manageable all while clarifying your scalp. First, coconut oil is an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent. Just like olive oil, coconut oil can prevent scalp conditions and promote hair growth by keeping our scalp free of harmful and infectious bacteria. Second, coconut oil works as a great detangler pre-wash. I love using it before doing an apple cider vinegar rinse! Watch tutorial here.

Our hair is made up of 91% protein. Protein is what makes our hair strong and resilient but we lose a bit of it every time we cleanse our hair. Coconut oil helps to replenish that lost protein, which also helps to prevent excessive hair loss due to unnatural breakage and shedding.

How To Use:

Just blend ingredients and apply to hair in sections. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Tip: Be sure to use unrefined and extra virgin coconut oil since it has not been stripped of its vital nutrients through various heating processes like refined coconut oil.

Why Less is More

You don’t always need a million ingredients or products to achieve healthy hair. That can get just downright expensive! These treatments are ridiculously affordable since you probably already have these ingredients in your pantry and fridge. I also love that these 3 DIY conditioners will not have you guessing what ingredients you’re putting in your hair making them very safe to use. What more can a no fuss naturalista ask for?

Do you have any staple DIY ingredients for your conditioners? Do you prefer to use store bought conditioner instead?

Thanks for reading!

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5 Tips For Healthy Length Retention

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Whether your hair is natural or relaxed, many of us seek long and healthy hair. The quest for not only obtaining but maintaining long hair can seem daunting to most but it really doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 5 easy tips for length retention for any hair type.

Listen to your hair

Sounds crazy huh? Seriously ladies, your hair really does speak to you. It will tell you when it needs moisture from when it’s lacking protein. Your hair will tell you when it needs a trim from when it just needs a break from styling.

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Some weeks your hair may need a moisturizing conditioner vs. a protein treatment. Pay attention to the signs your hair is giving you this way you can effectively communicate back and meet your mane’s needs. *For more tips on how to use protein treatments click here.

Trim your hair

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Now, I don’t believe in a set schedule for trimming. I know most salons tell us to trim every 6-8 weeks. The truth is everyone’s hair is different. One head of hair may require trims every 6 weeks while another head of hair may require a trim once a year. I’ve done both and trust me, no time frame is full proof. Just follow what works for your hair.

Feed your scalp

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Think of your scalp as the soil to a plant. If the soil doesn’t have the proper nutrients the plant won’t grow. Drinking plenty of water is the easiest and most important thing you can supply your scalp and in turn your hair. Foods that are nutrient rich in omega 3’s, fatty acids, protein are an absolute necessity for both long and healthy hair. Vitamins and minerals such as iron, beta carotene, folate, vitamin A and C also provide the building blocks for both a healthy hair and scalp. Try to sneak a massage in for your scalp as well to stimulate growth!

Don’t touch your hair

healthy hair length retentionDo you suffer from hand in hair syndrome? This may seem a little extreme so let me clarify. Our hair should be detangled, combed, washed, styled etc. However, over manipulating your hair can cause preventable and unnecessary breakage. Try low manipulation styles such as buns, twist-outs, braid-outs to allow both your scalp and hair to have the breather they deserve. These styles are also a great way to eliminate the stress of daily styling on both your hair and hands. It’s also pretty convenient to wake up the next day, fluff my hair out or slick back into a bun and walk out the door.

Finger Detangle vs. Combing

12357297_185083181845036_1804391555_nMy ultimate favorite tip is to finger detangle before combing. This is a life saver for my fine hair gals but you should also consider this tip if you have hair that is prone to breakage regardless of texture. Finger detangling significantly minimizes breakage while cleansing and conditioning. I usually finger detangle with conditioner saturating soaking wet hair. Try to use conditioners or detanglers that allow for major “slip” to make the detangling process a cinch vs. an all out war in the shower. If you still need to use a comb, only do so after you’ve thoroughly finger detangled. Just keep in mind, patience is a virtue while detangling!

Lastly, keep in mind a big part of hair length is genetics. Don’t get too caught up in having long hair that you neglect maintaining a healthy regimen. Strength over length is always a better choice ladies!

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Second Devacut Experience at Devachan Salon

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*This post was not sponsored in anyway by Devacurl or Devachan Salon. Services and products were purchased by me directly. Opinions expressed are solely mine.*

I recently paid a visit to Devachan Salon in NYC (Broome Street) with my 12 year old niece. She was in desperate need of a trim before she heads back to Texas. What I didn’t count on was getting devacut as well!..lol.

My niece hasn’t trimmed her hair in a little over 2 years. There aren’t many salons that specialize in cutting curly hair back where she lives. Thankfully she doesn’t really need frequent trims but we were at a point of desperation. She kept complaining that her curls were loosening and that her ends wouldn’t curl anymore (sign of split ends and damaged hair). So before she got to New York, I made it a point to book her an appointment at Devachan. image

My niece’s hair had gotten so long but had no shape or volume to it. She kept telling me she just wanted more volume and a healthy length. I knew maintenance wouldn’t be a problem because she’s been styling her own hair for the last 3 years.

The 1st thing we noticed was how friendly the staff at the Broome Street Devachan Salon were. We were greeted instantly with warmth and were treated like family from the moment we entered the salon. This was a much different and much more positive atmosphere than I experienced at Devachan’s Spring Street location years ago.

My niece’s stylist was Devachan Senior Stylist Nevila (@Nevila_devacurl). She instantly put my niece’s nerves at ease by putting her in complete control. Nevila asked her, “what do you want to do to your hair” & “what look do you want to achieve”. To get a better idea of my niece’s hair care regimen,  Nevila asked my niece to walk her through her routine for cleansing, conditioning and styling. We were shocked that my niece knew so much about curly hair care at such a young age. image

You can watch Devachan Salon Senior Stylist Nevila’s cutting technique here:

The following products were used on my niece’s hair:

Decadence No-Poo Cleanser. Decadence One-Condition. Heaven In Hair Deep Conditioner. Ultra Defining Gel & Super Cream. Devachan, Curly Nikki, devacurl, deva, devacut, soho, natural hair, type 4 hair, naturallycurly, Devachan, Curly Nikki, devacurl, deva, devacut, soho, natural hair, type 4 hair, naturallycurly, Devachan, Curly Nikki, devacurl, deva, devacut, soho, natural hair, type 4 hair, naturallycurly,

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You can watch a video clip here!

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Left side – Devacut / Right side – Untouched
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Side view of hair pre-Devacut.
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Post Devacut.
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Rear view pre-Devacut.
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Post Devacut.
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Junior Stylist @Latoya_Devacurl bringing my lifeless hair back to life with a much needed Devacut.

 

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Decadence No-Poo Cleanser. Decadence One-Condition. Heaven In Hair Deep Conditioner. Super Cream and Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam.

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3 days post Devacut.

I’ve never used Devacurl’s Frizz Free Volumizing Foam before. I loved the extra body and shine this styler gave me without the frizz. My hair didn’t feel weighed down either which was a huge plus! Devachan, Curly Nikki, devacurl, deva, devacut, soho, pregnancy, maternity style, natural hair, type 4 hair, naturallycurly, Devachan, Curly Nikki, devacurl, deva, devacut, soho, pregnancy, maternity style, natural hair, type 4 hair, naturallycurly,

I absolutely love my new cut! It definitely shows off my facial features much more than before. My hair also doesn’t feel as heavy which is something I love during the summer months. As far as washing it is much easier to maintain and style.Devachan, Curly Nikki, devacurl, deva, devacut, soho, pregnancy, maternity style, natural hair, type 4 hair, naturallycurly,

Overall, my second experience at Devachan salon was much better. The staff had great hospitality & customer service. They were very clear about their prices and affordable options for various budgets. Keep in mind, each stylist has a different starting price point. Senior stylists have a starting price is $125. Junior stylists tend to have a lower starting price point of $100. Most importantly, my niece’s 1st Devachan/curly hair salon experience had such a positive impact on her self-esteem. She is embracing her curls more than ever and couldn’t be happier!

Have you done a big chop or trim lately? Have you ever been to Devachan salon before? What was your experience like? You can book your Devachan Salon appointment online with Devachan today!

Thanks for reading!

-Healthy Hair To Toe ❤️

This post was not sponsored in anyway by Devacurl or Devachan Salon. Services and products were purchased by me directly. Opinions expressed are solely mine.

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