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Vitamin e

A helpful type of vitamin to check out for one’s hair growth needs is Vitamin E. This is a type of vitamin that works to improve blood circulation in the scalp so that hair can grow properly. This makes it one of the most important vitamins for one’s needs.

Capillaries Can Grow
In order for hair to grow properly capillaries in the scalp must be well supported. When capillaries grow more blood can flow and the rate of blood flow can also be improved. When this flow rate is higher the ability of one hair to grow will be improved. In fact any hair that has been damaged by excessive dryness can be repaired through this quality so that the vitamin will be able to work properly for one’s needs.

Oxygen Levels Can Improve Too
Oxygen is needed by the body to help with making sure that circulation can improve. Vitamin E can work to help with getting the ability of the body to take in oxygen to improve so that circulation can increase around the body. As a result hair growth can be stimulated.

The Immune System Can Also Be Improved
Hair growth is something that is closely related to the health of one’s immune system. When the immune system is healthy the body can function to where normal body processes can be supported. This includes processes that relate to hair growth. Vitamin E can work to strengthen one’s immune system and therefore cause the hair to be healthy in return.

How Can One Get Vitamin E?
In order to be healthy it will help to make sure that plenty of Vitamin E is present in one’s diet. In order to do that it helps to have a healthy diet that is rich in Vitamin E. Whole grains and nuts are some of the best foods to use here although wheat germ can also help. Green leafy vegetables can also work. Consuming vegetable oil can also help to improve one’s Vitamin E levels.

A good thing to know is that a large amount of Vitamin E will not cause hair to be lost like with other types of vitamins that work for hair growth. However a high amount of this vitamin can cause nausea.

It is always good to see how Vitamin E can work for one’s hair growth needs. Vitamin E can help to improve circulation around the scalp as a means of helping to see that hair can grow at a healthy rate.


Pomegranate Seed Oil

Botanical Name: Punica granatum
Aroma: Virtually Odorless.
Viscosity: Medium.
Absorption/Feel: Light and Penetrates Well.
Color: Yellow.
Shelf Life: 12 Months.
Notes: Pomegranate Seed Oil is an effective emollient and is said to be incredibly rich in anti-oxidants due to its polyphenol content. It also is said to act as an anti-inflammatory. It is a good choice for use in applications intended for dry or irritated skin or aging skin. Studies have apparently demonstrated that Pomegranate Seed Oil may offer protection against free radicals and may help destroy cancer cells.

Protective style vs. low manipulation

A protective style is where your ends are protected, shielded away, and invisible to outside elements i.e. weather (rain, snow, wind, sun etc.). These styles really help in retaining length. Some examples would include buns, braids, cornrows, wigs, weaves, lacefronts, french braids, up-dos, phony ponies etc. Protective styles can be considered as low manipulation styles, however, low manipulation styles are not protective styles.

Low manipulation, basically means styling the hair with no direct heat. Braid outs, twist outs, bantu knots, pin curls, flexi rod sets, roller sets etc. are all under the category of low manipulation styles. These styles require no direct heat (blow dryer or flat iron) and barely any energy or skill on your part. They are easy to do and healthier style choices since direct heat is the quickest way to dry out the hair.

Clarifier for Heavy Buildup

3 tablespoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons creamy honey
1/4 teaspoon water

1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups cool water [the cooler the better]

Mix ingredients together to form a paste. Add additional water, a few drops at a time, if the mixture is too thick. Shampoo hair as usual. Apply mixture to hair and leave on for up to five minutes. Rinse hair as usual. Poor Cider Vinegar and water mix through hair, do not rinse again [the cider vinegar scent will very quickly dissipate]. If your hair is “squeaky clean” apply a light, silicone-free conditioner or silicone-free leave-in conditioner. This is best used for first-time clarifying, by those who use a full line of hair products that include silicone that have left behind a heavy build-up, or those who clarify rarely

These are the ingredients I use to make my braid and weave spray. You can change the measurements to your liking but this is how I prefer mine.

1 part (usually 1/2 cup) vegetable glycerin
1 part (usually 1/2 cup) distilled water
1 part (usually 1/2 cup) aloe vera juice
2 tbs Coconut oil
1 ts Tea tree oil
1 ts Rosemary oil
1 ts Lavender oil

Shake all together in a cup or bottle. Store leftovers in the refridgerator or give to a friend.

Avocado Oil

Botanical Name: Persea americana
Aroma: Sweet, Fatty and Nutty.
Viscosity: Thick.
Absorption/Feel: Leaves a Fatty, Almost Waxy Feel On the Skin.
Color: Deep Olive Green.
Shelf Life: 12 Months.

Notes: Avocado Oil is a nourishing oil for the skin and hair. Avocado Oil is said to be rich in essential and trace minerals and Vitamin A. Its properties and texture makes it especially suitable for use in hair care. Due to its aroma and thick, oily consistency, Avocado Oil is typically used at a low ratio (highly diluted) in blends and formulations.

If you’re thinking of leaving relaxers behind, and you don’t want to cut all of your processed hair off, you’ll need some transition styles that will take you from straight hair to your natural texture. While most of these styles are protective, you can still wear your hair out on occasion. Try these hairstyles to get you through the sometimes awkward stages of transitioning and you’ll feel confident that your hair looks good every day:

1. Flat Twists
Unlike two-strand twists, which require curly ends that can hold themselves together, flat twists work well on hair that’s not completely natural. Similar to cornrows, you use two strands of hair instead of three when fashioning these twists, which lie on the head. You’ll still need to secure the ends. If your hair is past your shoulders, you can gather the ends into a ponytail or bun, while shorter hair can simply be pinned into place.

2. Cornrows
You may want to get some hair additions if you choose this style. You should also consider your workplace environment. While many businesses are becoming more open to what were traditionally seen as “ethnic” hairstyles, keep in mind that some extremely conservative environments still frown upon them.

3. Buns/Chignons
Buns, topknots and chignons are all easy and elegant ways to style transitioning hair. If you work in a professional environment, skip the scrunchies and choose other accessories to hold your hair in place, such as hair sticks, hair pins and tortoiseshell clips.

4. Wet Sets
Blend those curly roots into relaxed tresses with wet sets. You can set your hair on magnetic rollers or bendable rods, depending on how curly you want your style to be. Because wet sets don’t rely on direct heat, they’re a gentle way of styling your hair.

5. Extensions
For some women, weaving their hair away during transitioning is much easier. You can even choose extensions that mimic natural hair so that you can get an idea of what your new texture will look like on you. Twist and braid extensions are easy enough to get from a professional who’s qualified in this area.

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