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Marching into Blackness: Holistic Hair Care for Black Coils!

Marching into Blackness: Holistic Hair Care for Black Coils!

What's going LCP Goddesses??

Spring  is in the air and summer is around the corner. Many of us are switching between hairstyles, protective styles, transition back to our natural textures or trying to maintain healthy permed hair. Often times we opt to buy cheap chemically based products or we spend way to much money on hair care products that aren't showing how locs any love!! There are many at home holistic hair care regimes that you can add to you routine to get your locs looking healthy and luxurious...lol seriously though. 

A couple things before we get into that-.

First, I would like to say a love hate relationship with your hair is normal, there are good hair days and there are bad. At the end of the day it grows from your scalp and the heavens above gave you what was meant solely and creatively for you. It can be tough to adjust to the textures, mishaps and ever changing hairstyles of pop culture but when you fall in love with yourself, your hair is apart of the package. I challenge you to take a real good look at your hair and find an attribute that lets you appreciate the beautiful locs on your head! Secondly, I would like to explain the differences between natural vs holistic products. 

Natural: Existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.

It may say “all natural” on the container but this can be far from the truth. Even the purest of ingredients can be mutilated with chemicals and harsh processing, rendering the final product a freak of nature. Obviously, this carries consequences for our health, since we absorb approximately 65% of what is applied on our skin.

Holistic: Is concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts.

We can’t look at the health of hair as an individual part. We need to address the whole body – as well as our environment for healthy and beautiful hair. 

Now let's get into the 5 holistic hair tips 

 

1. Step away from the suds

Chemical foaming agents, found even in “natural” shampoos may leave hair squeaky clean after the shower but can damage hair in the long run. In a vicious cycle, sudsing shampoos strip the hair of natural oils. This makes it look clean but, with all the protective oils washed away, the hair overproduces oil to compensate. In the long run, this leaves the scalp and hair unhealthy.

You’ll find Sodium Laurel or Laureth Sulfate in most shampoos. Not only do both these chemical lathering agents strip hair of protective oils, they are highly toxic and are absorbed through the skin when we shampoo. Natural shampoos frequently replace these two ingredients with cocamide diethanolamine (DEA), a lathering agent made from coconut oil. 

 

2. Keep your scalp guessing

Just like we support wellness by rotating our diet, our hair thrives when fed a variety of nutrients.

In my own experience – and, from what I’ve read, the experience of many others – my hair can gets lazy or resistant when I use the same shampoo over and over. You’ve got to keep rotating your products so the scalp doesn’t get reliant on a particular cleansing agent. To support a balanced scalp, alternate between at least a couple of the shampoos every time you wash. 

 

3. Natural doesn’t mean holistic

One majorly problematic ingredient in “natural” hair care is fragrance. Like the term “natural flavors” on food, this term means we don’t want to tell you what this is. “Fragrance” on a label can mean up to 4,000 separate ingredients – synthetic ingredients that are connected to a myriad of health disorders ranging from rashes to cancer.

“Natural” hair care may also disrupt the cycles of the hair by stripping the natural oils and irritating the scalp with harsh ingredients. Holistic hair care uses pristine forms of ingredients to honor the growth cycles of hair. We must cleanse, nurture, nourish, detox… all the components required for a healthy body should be applied to your hair care routine.

4. Color smartly

Hair dye is notoriously dangerous. Europe is far ahead of the U.S. in addressing the toxins in hair coloring products. In 2007, the European Commission issued a ban on 22 hair dye substances.

Henna provides a safe and natural alternative to color hair, but, as many of you know, obtaining the correct shade of henna proves a challenge. Look for henna at your local health food store and ask lots of questions or consult with a hair care professional. 

5. Hair deserves a detox, too

We know that toxins from our environments and food builds up in our bodies. A hair detox provides a super deep cleanse to remove residues and encourage a healthy scalp. Below is a DIY recipe for a hair and scalp detox... 

1 teaspoon of baking soda

  • Baking soda is a natural cleansing ingredient that absorbs oils, grease, and product residue from your hair.

2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • Olive oil is filled with antioxidants great for fighting dandruff and dry scalp. The oil can prevent hair loss by reducing the chances of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) production (a hormone that decreases the hair follicle shaft growth which can cause hair loss).

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

  • Cinnamon contains organic compounds eugenol and cinnamaldehyde which are antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. This is said to prevent fungal and bacterial infections of the scalp.

Steps to detoxifying your scalp:

To prevent dry hair and scalp, this mask treatment is for a deep clarifying cleanse and should not be used more than once a month.

 

Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a small container 

Step 2: Part your hair in small sections and apply the mask down each part on the scalp

Step 3: Massage the mask into the scalp in a gentle circular motion

Step 4: Cover your hair and scalp with a shower cap for 10 -15 minutes

Step 5: Shampoo and conditioner your hair as normal

For an alternative to shampooing your hair, you can finish the detox treatment off with a apple cider vinegar rinse and then condition as normal. Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, helps to balance the hair and scalp ph levels, kills the bacteria that causes dandruff and itchy scalp, and gives the hair extra shine.

I use these tips on my hair and my daughters hair.. They work people.. Lol I hope that these tips help you on your road to hair love and healthy hair!!! Like, share and comment. Let me know if you are going to try the DIY recipes or other recipes you know of. 

Tell me something you love about your hair??? I love my hair because I see my ancestors and I have created my own style... I'm chemical free so I can go from curly to straight with no problems...;) 

What is good hair? It can be anything to anyone. Good hair is healthy hair, whatever you perceive that to be.- Isaiah Mustafa
 

Many Blessings,

Alex

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