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Rosemary oil, obtained from the Rosmarinus officinalis plant leaves, is well-known for its therapeutic benefits and has been in use for several years now.
This herb is grown on a large-scale in countries like Morocco, France, and Spain, and the oil is obtained by steam distilling the leaves and flowers.
Mainly used as an aromatherapy oil, it is known to be extremely beneficial for the hair and skin besides its numerous health benefits.
Using rosemary oil can rid you of the various hair related problems like hair fall, dandruff, and thinning hair.
Listed below are various benefits you will find in Rosemary oil:
- Stimulate blood circulation in the scalp and thus promotes healthy hair growth
- Does not clog the pores of the scalp
- Help in preventing hair loss due to its stimulating effects on the hair follicles
- Help with premature graying
- Helps cure dandruff and hair fall—very good for thinning hair, dry, brittle hair, frizzy hair and oily scalp
- Helps cleanse the scalp of all impurities and dirt which enables the hair to grow more speedily
- Hot oil treatment
- Soothes dry itchy scalp
It is recommended that you mix Rosemary oil with a carrier oil, such as olive, coconut or sweet almond oil. Massage into the scalp as part of your pre-poo regimen. Follow, by shampoo and conditioning your hair. The scalp should feel invigorating and fresh!
What is your opinion: Have you ever used Rosemary oil for stimulating your scalp? How do you feel about its medicinal smell? Do you find it too strong to wear during the day? How do you use Rosemary oil?
Moroccan oil is extracted from the nuts of the Argan tree that grows in Morocco. Moroccan people have been using it for centuries, and recent research has brought to light its unique properties that make Argan oil a treasure trove for treating various skin as well as hair problems.
Moroccan Argan oil is very rich in Vitamin E, Omega 3 and Omega 9 fatty acids; it also contains linoleic and oleic acid that helps hydrate and moisturizes hair and scalp and repair damaged hair.
For those who have damaged their hair with too many hair straighteners and other chemical treatments, Argan oil can help in restoring the lost luster and increasing the shine of dull dry hair by locking in the moisture.
The oil penetrates the hair shaft and repair damaged hair follicles. Argan oil is non-greasy and non-oily and therefore it does not weigh hair down- making it limp.
Many people with color treated hair complain of rough hair and color fading. Regular application of Argan oil on color treated hair can help in keeping the color intact for a greater duration and it would also prevent any dryness.
Here are a few more benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil:
- It is ideal for taming rough, dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair.
- It is light and almost weightless so there is less probability of build-up.
- It has moisturizing and hydration properties
- Unsaturated fatty acids provide nutrition to the hair and scalp
- Argan oil is immediately absorbed by the hair and it restores the lost moisture.
- It also acts as a shield for harmful UV rays and protects the hair from environmental pollution.
Because of its high content of vitamin E, Argan oil is very effective for hair growth and it helps to repair as well as inhibit the occurrence of split ends. It nourishes hair from the root; strengthening it, therefore preventing hair loss.
What is your opinion: Have you ever used Moroccan (Argan) Oil? What do you think about its superior properties? What is your favorite oil—Moroccan Oil or Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba oil is an extract of the seeds of the jojoba plant, also known as Simmondsia Chinensis, which is native to some regions of Arizona, Mexico, and California. Though often referred as jojoba oil, it is actually a liquid wax, which is golden in color in its pure organic form.
A perennial woody shrub native to the semiarid Sonoran Desert region of northwestern Mexico and the neighboring southwestern United States, jojoba grows in dense stands in the wild. It is presently also commercially cultivated in plantations all around the world in countries including Argentina, Australia, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Peru, and the USA.
Refined jojoba oil is almost a clear, colorless and odorless liquid. Being widely recognized for its amazing moisturizing properties, jojoba oil is one of the important natural products in the cosmetic industry.
The amazing moisturizing properties of this unique seed oil have been known through the ages. Early Native Americans and the Indians who inhabited northwestern Mexico used the seeds and their oil for many applications. While they found it useful in the making of a coffee-like beverage, medicines for cancer and kidney disorders, and chewing as a dietary supplement and an appetite suppressant when food was scarce, probably the most lasting use has been for treating skin and scalp.
First officially documented in 1822 by German botanist Johann Link and eventually renamed Simmondsia Chinensis by Austrian botanist, Camillo Karl Schneider, in 1912, the unique properties of jojoba had been discovered by chemists in the 1930's.
Nowadays, this oil is an indispensable part of many shampoos, conditioners and a range of skin care products, formulated for sun protection, as well as for fighting the signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines. The oil can be especially beneficial for hair and scalp.
Today, hair and scalp problems like dandruff, hair loss, and dryness of hair and split ends are quite common, due to excessive exposure of hair to harsh chemicals, pollutants, and hair styling products.
Jojoba oil with some of its amazing properties can prove extremely useful for most of the hair problems. This oil is usually regarded as quite a unique oil, due to its structural resemblance to 'sebum'-- oil produced by the sebaceous glands, present in human scalp and skin.
So, let's take a brief look at the benefits of jojoba oil for hair and scalp health and growth potential:
- Jojoba oil can regulate the level of sebum production. Excess production of sebum can clog the hair follicles which retards hair growth
- Good for hair loss and keeping the scalp clean
- Improves blood circulation
- Antibacterial and fungicidal properties
- Moisturizing properties—it seals in moisture in the hair shaft and add a natural glow and luster to your hair
- Excellent hair conditioner which can be used to get rid of dry and frizzy hair
- Hot oil treatment—and is non-greasy
According to the International Jojoba Export Council, jojoba is odorless, natural, non-greasy, and extremely stable. It doesn't break down when exposed to water or oxygen and, a natural carrier of Vitamin E and a natural antioxidant it is an extremely efficient non-comedogenic moisture regulator, penetrating the skin to moisturize without blocking the pores.
Extracting “Liquid Gold”
The seeds of the jojoba plant are crushed using various methods to extract the golden-yellow oil. It can be further processed with filtration to remove the color and odor. The forms most used by the cosmetics industry are “golden or refined (lite) jojoba, hydrogenated jojoba, jojoba esters, hydrolyzed jojoba, ethoxylated jojoba and other value-added jojoba derivatives.” (International Jojoba Export Council, www.ijec.net, Manufacturing with Jojoba)
Other Uses for the “Golden Oil”
Jojoba oil is readily available through many sources. While found in any number of commercial skin and hair care products, many suppliers provide various bottled quantities direct to the consumer at a reasonable price either through retail outlets or for purchase online.
The oil can be used topically, applied directly to the skin and scalp to remove makeup and product buildup, moisturize and soften rough, dry skin, even to relieve sunburn and condition and soothe skin during and after shaving.
Added to other products like shampoos and liquid soaps, it aids in deep cleansing and conditioning. Mixing jojoba oil with your favorite essential oils makes for a relaxing, aromatic conditioning treatment for skin during massage.
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What is your opinion: Have you ever used Jojoba oil? How has using this terrific oil improved your hair and scalp health?
Hair—the strands are made of, Medulla (core) Keratin (inner layer) and Cuticle (outer layer).
Each strand of hair has its’ own DNA. There are no two strands alike; and as various and diverse as human beings are, so is your hair—its’ texture, color and grade.
The Anatomy of Hair
Hair is quite simply defined as a form of a protein called Keratin.
Hair grows from hair follicles located in the dermis~
Dermis= the skin; the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis that forms the true skin.
Papilla= the structure at the base of the hair follicle; deep at the dermal layer, papilla is also described as a small nipple-like projection at the root of a hair.
Hair Follicles= hair follicles are responsible for the production of hair. They (follicles) produce hair fibers in a regular cycle. Hair follicles, as part of the hair-producing role, retain stem cells, promote cell growth, tissue invasion and induce angiogenesis. Hair follicles also work closely with the immune systems of the skin and neuroendocrine systems.
Hair follicles support immune-surveillance against pathogens and aid in sensory perception. Hair follicles have been proven to metabolically be one of the most rapidly proliferating units of the skin system. Only cells in the stomach proliferate more quickly than hair follicles.
While hair is growing beneath the epidermis, its’ outer covering is soft. Once it goes past the epidermis, the outside layer hardens into keratin.
Inside the follicle, the hair is growing and is ‘connected’ to blood vessels and nerves.
Outside the skin, the hair is essentially DEAD!
Keratin= keratin refers to a family of fibrous structural proteins. Keratin is the key of structural material making up the outer layer of human skin. It is also the key structural component of hair and nails.
Keratin monomers assemble into bundles to form intermediate filaments, which are tough and insoluble and form strong unmineralized tissues.
Hair Composition= hair is primarily made up of protein which occurs as the result of linking together of amino acids. The cortex of the hair is made up of a series of chains that form the shape of a coil.
The amino acid chains coil around each other and become proto-fibrils. The proto-fibrils then twist around each other to become micro-fibrils. Micro-fibrils follow the same process and become macro-fibrils that also spiral together.
This process when complete forms the cortex of the hair. The cortex is then covered with the cuticle scales which also contain protein. This twisting gives hair the ability to stretch like a spring without breaking.
Cortex= the center part of the hair, called the cortex, makes up most of the hair shaft. It is the cortex that gives hair its special qualities such as elasticity and curl. The cortex is packed with strands of keratin (protein), lying along the length of the hair.
All its moisture lays in its center, behind a tough outer layer of protective bark (sort to speak).
If the 'bark' of the hair is well taken care of the whole hair remains in good condition. If the 'bark' is stripped off to expose the center, the hair may break.
Sebaceous Gland= next to each hair is a sebaceous gland which secretes sebum (oily secretion) which lubricates the hair and provides each hair with an element of protection. If the sebaceous glands are overactive, greasy or oily hair will result. If the glands are under-active dry hair may result including breakage.
For hair that is kinky nappy coily curly (whatever you choose to call it), this Helix spiral (below) resembles its 'curl pattern'
Parts of the hair
There are three main regions of what makes up an hair: Root, Shaft, and Tip
Root= the part that was growing in the follicle. This is the widest part of the hair.
Shaft= the middle of the length of the hair (from the root to the tip). This is where the hair tapers.
Tip= the end of the hair farthest away from the root. The hair is narrowest at the tip.
Three major layers to the hair
From the outside in cuticle, cortex, and the medulla (middle)
Cuticle= the outermost layer of the hair. It is made of keratin. The cuticle is really a series of overlapping scales- very resistant to chemical decomposition.
Cortex= the intervening layer of the hair (i.e., between the cuticle and the medulla). It is made of spindle-shaped cells and pigment granules (these give color to the hair). You may also find ovoid bodies (look like large pigment granules) and cortical fusi (small bubble-like structures) in the cortex.
Medulla= (from the Latin for ‘marrow’) the innermost layer of the hair. It is made of cells that form a shaft through the middle of the hair. Different amounts of medulla may be present in the hair.
Growth Stages of the hair
3 major growth stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen
Anagen Stage= the active growth phase of the hair follicle.
Catagen Stage= the transition period between growth and rest. Hair continues to grow but at a decreasing rate. The root bulb looks elongated from being pushed out of the follicle.
Telogen Stage= the rest period for the follicle. The current hair is shed and no new growth takes place for a period of time.
So, What is Hair Anyway?
Hair is a fiber that we all have…kinky curly straight. Its function is a protective covering for your head. We can style it, cut it, braid it—the possibilities are numerous.
Some have very dense hair (thick), while others have sparse (not so thick) amounts of hair. Whatever the case, once it hits the surface, it’s dead!
This brings me to my point—the skin called scalp, which house our hair, is ‘key’ in the ultimate beauty of our hair once it hits the surface.
This means that the decisions we make in terms of the products we use to style our hair, whether that be chemicals like perms and other substances that ‘alter’ the natural texture and structure of your hair—it makes up for the overall health of our scalp and ultimately the look and feel of our hair.
The dermis and epidermis (skin) of the scalp is very porous and the products we use directly of that skin can have a very positive or negative effect on the health of our hair (and general health as well).
Many chemicals, which include perms and color kits have a very adverse effect on the overall health, look and feel of the hair. Many chemicals used in the traditional products that most of us grew up using have ingredients that are known to cause cancer.
We must be mindful and sensitive to ALL products we use—from oils, shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays etc. etc. we need to become label readers and commit to only using the most natural and safest products available—this usually mean—‘green’ or organic, simple products.
Less is more!
As people of color, we can celebrate the fact that we have been blessed with a wonderful protectant for our skin called Melanin. Our hair also is a blessing. The coil and bend in your hair act as a wire conductor, storing and transmitting electromagnetic energy!
All energy is in the form of a coil and we have the coil in our hair naturally and innately!
Our hair has the same spiral as an electrical current, tornado, and whirlwinds. All hair has its own DNA! What a history!
This special quality allows your hair to absorb light, information, sound, nature and simple life! This has a positive effect on our ability to be balanced with the universe which is energy itself!
Coily, kinky hair has limited growth potential ONLY when it is not allowed to stay in its natural formation—spiraling coils. If allowed to stay in its natural state, the hair not only grows but exponentially grows beyond your imagination!
We must be re-taught to love our natural beautiful selves and stop trying to be who we’re not.
Once we embrace our cultural identity, we will be able to make a meaningful contribution to ourselves—to love and accept ourselves from head to toe—we then will be able to reach out to our family, community, and others and lift each other up and celebrate our uniqueness with gratitude and thanksgiving!
There are 8 DIY Recipes to End Dry Hair and Flaky Scalp. The recipes are delicious smelling, but most of all, fantastic in controlling your dry hair and flaky scalp – or just as a plain ‘ol maintenance regimen.
After much inquiry about, “how do I control my dry hair and scalp,” I thought to answer the question in Recipe form.
You may already know me, but perhaps you may not. So, let me introduce myself to you; or for some, re-introduce myself.
My name is Rene’ Michelle Floyd and I am the founder and CEO of Naturally Yours Boutique and this is my store!
I’m a ‘one-woman’ company and my passion is Natural Beauty! I love it when (especially) a woman embraces her natural-self. I especially love it when she embraces her natural hair.
I am offering this guide to you for FREE!
Inside you will have all the links and resources listed so that it will be very easy for you to follow the recipes and create some fantastic products that will guarantee to improve the health of your scalp and the condition of your hair.
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Hair is merely dead protein filaments, with each follicle being placed deep within the dermis or the inner layer of the skin.
Only the cells that lie beneath the surface of the skin and inside the follicles are alive.
The main component of hair is known as Keratin. Long and lustrous hair has been always regarded as a sign of health and vitality, and the secret behind it lies in eating a healthy clean diet and having a proper hair care regimen.
Proper hair care basically includes moisturizing and cleansing the hair and scalp regularly, which helps to eradicate some of the more common problems like, hair breakage, split ends, thinning hair, excessive hair fall, dandruff etc.
The benefits of natural oils, including coconut Oil, has been experienced by millions to alleviate these problems. The benefits include:
- Softer more supple shiny hair
- Saves hair from stripping protein out of the hair from harsh shampoos
- Has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
- Heals common scalp problems such as pimples of the scalp
- Heals insect bites
- Effective in keeping lice away from the scalp (yes, black people can get lice too!)
- An excellent emollient because of the rich source of fatty acids like oleic, linoleic lauric, capric, caprylic, myristic and palmitic acids
- Provides moisture to the scalp and hair and is ideal for dry crunchy hair
- Rich in Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant
- Anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties
I personally massage coconut oil into my scalp at least two times per week. It soothes my scalp and does wonders for my hair. I do not experience breakage and my Sisterlocks (tm) have a sheen that you rarely get from other products. I highly recommend ANYONE to try Coconut Oil for their hair care needs.
See and feel the difference for yourself!
What is your opinion? How do you feel about using natural oils versus commercial pomades? Have you ever used Coconut Oil for your hair before? What was your experience?
Get Carried Around Like A Prince or Princess!
Baby Prince Alexander is being carried around royally by his mother, Princess Sofia.
Ergonomic Design Baby Carrier with Wide and Thick Soft Adjustable Shoulder Straps and Breathable Mesh Fabric
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Kids foam desk table and chair set. Made with EVA durable, safe, foam. This colorful Table and Chair Set is perfect for playroom, family room or kitchen corner
Bright colors are ideal for both girls and boys. Use as a game table, Lego table or for your children's favorite toys, puzzles, or coloring books. Also perfect as a kids desk or children’s lunch table. Durable foam is tough enough to stand up to the wear and tear of kids but light enough for them to easily move on their own.
Easy to clean surface won't mark or scuff walls or floors. 11 inch seat height is perfect for children, 15 months and up to 3 years old. The desk is just the right size for play without taking up too much room in your home. Table and Chair set can be disassembled for easy storage or travel. A must have for daycare and nursery’s. Also Ideal for waiting rooms, and doctors offices, any space where children need a play place.
Promote your child’s imagination while providing them a safe and colorful place to learn and play with this fun and affordable table and chair set. Table and Chair set come disassembled and can be put together without tools or hardware in a snap.
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