Fabulous Natural Frizz Fighters

A few days ago, I was at an event with a few beauty editor friends of mine, and I commented that my hair was naturally very curly and frizzy. No one believed me…and that made me ridiculously happy.

For as long as I remember, I hate frizz. I hate my curls. And I do all I can to make them as much a well-hidden secret as possible.

Sometimes, I succeed – other times I fail miserably, and for many of us, it’s a constant uphill battle against fuzz, frizz, and bad hair days.

In an effort to assist us all, I consulted Mahisha Dellinger. She’s a curly-haired expert and creator of the CURLS organic hair collection. She commiserated with our plight – big-time – and fabulous frizz fighting tips we can all take advantage of. Mahisha points out that those of us with curly hair are actually more frizz-prone – it goes down to our hair molecules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight it!

This oddly made me feel better. It’s nothing I’m doing wrong, per se. Nature just decided to mess with my head. Literally. But you wouldn’t believe the ingredients Mahisha recommended to fight the good frizz fight!

Vinegar???

Yes! A distilled white vinegar rinse is a great in the shower frizz fighting technique all hair types can add to their regime to banish frizz.

Here’s what to do:

Rinse hair with warm water to remove product, but don’t shampoo. Then apply vinegar directly to hair and scalp. I like to use a bottle with spout top for easy distribution. Gently massage. Rinse. Condition as usual. Not only is vinegar great at reducing frizz by sealing the cuticle by restoring it to its natural ph balance, but it also removes build up and adds sheen, leaving your hair super-soft.

Don’t do this too often though – once a week should be perfect – more than that can dry your hair out!

A Bit of Honey
We all love sweetening with honey, and so does our hair. Honey, when mixed with a little conditioner (for fine hair) or applied directly to your hair, after shampooing and before conditioning, for medium to densely textured hair; will have great smoothing/defrizzing effects!

Mahisha’s At-Home Recipe
1 can of pure coconut milk
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of pure honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Gather all your goodies together and put in blender. Mix at high speed until a smoothie consistency. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm up your hair smoothie in the microwave before next application…just enough do de-chill. Then, apply to your hair!

Instructions:
Section hair into 4 segments.
Generously apply evenly to hair, from root to ends concentrating on ends, as they are the most prone to frizz.
Smooth hair into a protective style (e.g. braided ponytail, or bun).
I’m trying this at home, and it’s working fabulously – I can’t wait to see the results you get!

By Aly Walansky

Kitchen Hair: Pressing Combs, Coconut Oil & Black Hair

kitchehair2My kitchen was my first hair salon. I would stand on a step stool and lean over the kitchen sink as my mother washed my long, thick hair until it was squeaky clean. After coating it with a creamy conditioner, she would finger comb through my hair and then rinse it with cool water. Then I would sit under the deafening heat of our tall, pink domed dryer until my mother thought my hair was dry enough to move to step 2: pressing with hot combs.

Now, my mother is old school when it comes to doing hair. She used “hot combs” heated up on our gas stove to press my hair. She’d part my hair, rub my scalp and strands generously with grease – either Sulfur 8 or Dudley or good old coconut oil – and run the well-warmed, fine toothed pressing comb through my hair. My mother would then Shirley Temple curl or “bump” my hair. The result was a well groomed, very shiney and tamed head of hair.

My mother always took special care when she was pressing my “kitchen,” the term used by some to refer to the notorious part of a black woman’s hair, the hardest part to get and keep straight. It was always the part of my hair that curled first in the seven days between washings and pressings despite the care I took to keep my hair dry while bathing or to not “sweat out” my hair while playing. I always wondered why folks call that part of our hairline “the kitchen.” Perhaps it’s because, despite all that was done to tame it, that is where the life of the hair asserts itself most fervently – curly, thick, frizzy, kinky, busy, productive, resistant, unedited, full, like home.

There was a part of me that ached to get out of the kitchen – both my mother’s kitchen and my hair’s kitchen – especially in the summer when my mother and I both knew the curly heat of the season would, without fail, beat out the straightening heat of the combs. But, as I think about these hair rituals in the kitchen, believe it or not, I remember them with nurturing warmth. These were times when I learned, among other things, about my mother’s creative uses of kitchen ingredients. For instance, if you are looking for a deep conditioning treatment, crack an egg. Add the egg to equal parts olive oil and mayo (save your heart and use it on your hair instead!). Apply to hair and massage into scalp. Wash out with shampoo after 30 minutes.
 
Here’s to healthy hair and lively kitchens!

Written By Nicole L.B. Furlonge

Baking Soda in your Hair?

baking_sodaI got a great tip from a stylist yesterday that I had to share!  We were discussing hair buildup and how most of the buildup is due to hair products, shampoos, and conditioners.

How can we get rid of this buildup so that our hair products can work the way they are supposed to?  The answer is Baking Soda.  Yes the same baking soda you put in cakes, deserts, clean your teeth with, etc.  It can also clarify your hair!  Baking soda is known for its natural cleaning agents and the hair is no different.  Adding baking soda every now and again will help to clarify your hair and allow your shampoo and conditioner to be effective as it can be.  You have to try it out and let me know what you think.  
Step 1:  Wash hair with shampoo
Step 2:  While the lather is still in your hair take about 2 tbsp of Baking Soda and massage through your hair
Step 3:  Rinse with warm water.
Step 4:  If there is a little baking soda remaining in your hair you can shampoo again.    

How can we get rid of this buildup so that our hair products can work the way they are supposed to?  The answer is Baking Soda.  Yes the same baking soda used in cakes, deserts, toothpaste, etc.  It can also clarify your hair!  Baking soda is known for its natural cleaning agents for your teeth and your hair is no different.  Adding baking soda every now and again will help to clarify your hair and allow your shampoo and conditioner to be as effective as it can be.  You have to try it out and let me know what you think.  

Step 1:  Wash hair with shampoo

Step 2:  While the lather is still in your hair take about 2 tbsp of Baking Soda and massage through your hair

Step 3:  Rinse with warm water.

Step 4:  If there is a little baking soda remaining in your hair you can shampoo again.    

You will have beautiful clarified hair.  Read more Homegrown Haircare here!

Homemade Hair Refresher To Go

conditionersNeed a hair refresher on the go?  I have discovered a great new hair tip that I had to share with you all.  If you have curly or wavy hair and you have noticed throughout the day it loses its pizazz try this hair refresher.  Take your everyday conditioner, about 2 tbsp, and mix with about 6 ounces of water. Put in a spray bottle and shake up.  Whenever you feel that your hair is frizzing out or needs extra bounce spray on your hair and leave in.  You can use this on your kids as well. A low cost way of keeping your hair beautiful.  I love it!

Need Help Keeping Your Hair Color?

Do you spend a good deal of money and time getting the perfect hair color?  Color can dramatically change your look and overall appearance within one application.  It is a great way to lift an “in the rut” look.  The problem comes in managing that color.  Washing and rinsing with the incorrect shampoo can leave your stunning color not so stunning.  Here is our guide to keeping that color at it its peak.

Top Pick for Color Protecting Shampoo
Davines Nounou Shampoo for Color Treated Hair

Top Pick for Color Protecting Conditioner
ABBA Pure Color Protect Conditioner Creme Masque

Best All Natural Color Protect Remedy

1) Take a ripe avocado, yes the fruit, and crush up.  Massage into your hair and scalp and let sit for 15 – 20 minutes.  Your will be soft and silky and you will praise the color retention! 
2) Do you have a brown to dark brown hair?  Try this coffee inspired deep conditioning system.  Mix ground coffee or espresso beans with your conditioner.  Apply to hair and leave in for 20 – 25 minutes.  Rinse out.

Left Over Conditioner in a Tube?

Are you like me and have tons of conditioner tubes with just an itty bitty bit of conditioner left in it?  What can you do with all of that leftover conditioner?  I have the answer!  You can make a very luxurious body exfoliation with it.  The ingredients used in conditioner are the same ingredients as some of the finest lotions and body scrubs!  So you all want to know how?  Here is where the magic comes in.

Step 1) Open up the conditoiner.  If in a tube cut the opposite side of the tube so you can really get all of it out.  Combine all of the leftover conditoiner in a bowl.
Step 2) Add Olive Oil and Sea Salt
Step 3) Mix well
Step 4) Apply to your body and rinse

Soft supple skin with just the ingredients in your home!  Now that is a definite value.

Ketchup Good for Green Hair?

Ketchup for Hair

Ketchup for Hair

Kim Vo, celebrity stylist to the likes of Brittany Spears and many more, has just disclosed the very rich and tasty secret to getting the pesky green hue out of blond hair that plagues blondies during the summer chlorine filled months. The answer Ketchup! Put a squirt of Ketchup on your hair and comb through. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse out with warm water. Bam no more green hair. Enjoy!

Other Remedies for Green Chlorine Hair
– Try mixing lemon juice or vinegar and rinse the hair after swimming
– Before swimming rinse your hair with warm water, squeeze all excess hair and then apply a deep conditioner.  Swim to your heart’s content.

Dry Hair? Your Answer to Lustrous Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Are you plagued by dry hair during the summer months. This is a homegrown remedy that has been passed down in my family for generations. It is simple, proven, and effective way of keeping your hair and scalp healthy and beautiful.

1) Warm up a ¼ cup of olive, almond, jojoba, or coconut oil; whatever you have around the house. I would not use vegetable or canola oil.

2) Take a cotton ball and dab in the warm oil.

3) Part your hair in the middle and start dabbing the warm oil into your scalp

4) Change the part one inch over to the right and continue. Do this for your entire scalp

5) Once completed give your scalp an intense massage

6) Then place left over oil in your hair. Keep on your hair for a min 30 min and max as long as you can handle it.

7) Rinse with your favorite shampoo and conditioner,

I assure you the results are amazing. Continue doing this every month. Your hair and scalp with thank you for it!