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Sesame Seed Oil

Botanical Name: Sesamum indicum
Aroma: Faint With a Distinctively Sweet, Nutty Sesame Aroma.
Viscosity: Medium to Thick.
Absorption/Feel: Leaves an Oily Film on the Skin.
Color: Pale Yellow.
Shelf Life: 12 Months.
Notes: Sesame Seed Oil is a good choice for massage. It should ideally be blended with other carrier oils. Otherwise, it may overpower a blend.


You carefully two-strand twisted your hair, using your favorite products. You covered your hair before bed, ready to rock the twist-out the next day. In the morning, you uncover your hair, gently unravel every twist, give your head a little shake and walk out the door. In a couple of hours, however, your hair no longer looks like a twist-out, but more like a blow-out. What went wrong?
Twist-outs are a wonderful natural hairstyle. You get a lot of versatility, depending on the size of twists you make as well as how long you leave them in before unraveling. When you want to turn one hairstyle into two, a twist-out is one of the easiest ways to do it. You start off with two-strand twists, which you can wear for a few days or a week; undo them and now you have another style with little effort.
To make those twist-outs last longer than your commute from bathroom to outdoors, try these tips when making the twists in the first place. Remember, preparation is key.
Use the Right Products for Your Hair
Black hair comes in so many different textures that one product doesn’t work for everyone. Your hair may be loosely curled and respond to one type of product. Tightly coiled hair might work better with another. Experimentation is often a big part of finding the perfect product for you. Look for products that offer some type of hold if you plan to turn your twists into a twist-out. Use an alcohol-free gel with medium to firm hold, either alone or with another product (preferably a moisturizing one). Using a combination of products might be enough to give you a twist-out that doesn’t swell into another style altogether.
Smaller is Better for Twist-Outs
While the size of your two-strand twists doesn’t much matter when you’re wearing them in a twisted style, size does matter for twist-outs. Smaller twists lend themselves better to longer lasting twist-outs. It will take more time to fashion small size twists, but the effort is worth it when you have a twist-out that lasts.
Leave Twists in Longer
Consider how your hair will look if you style two-strand twists that are left in for several hours, overnight or for a few days. You’ll see a difference in how each of these twist-outs look. The longer you leave twists in, the stronger the set for your twist-out, and the longer it’s likely to last.
Nighttime Care Is Important
Once you’ve worn a twist-out all day, you need to care for your hair before going to sleep to preserve it. A cap or bonnet may flatten your hair, so you can either sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase, or choose one of those huge hair bonnets that are roomy enough not to crush your hairstyle. You can re-twist your hair if you like; it doesn’t have to be as exact as a twist style you’d wear outside. In the morning, you might find a little spritz of water or replenishing mist helps refresh your twist-out.
Finally, accept that this may be a one-day style only. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to make your twist-outs last longer than one day and you still haven’t been successful, realize that some hair types are going to frizz more easily than others. For some people, a two-day twist-out is just not doable, either due to their hair type or the weather. Natural hair swells and wants to curl in moist air; if you attempt a twist-out during humid summer months, you probably won’t get the long-lasting hold you’d get in a non-humid climate or season. If you live in a non-humid area or attempt a twist-out in the fall and winter, you may have better luck with stretching that twist-out time further.

Vitamin A

In order to make sure that one’s hair grows for a long period of time it helps to be sure that a person has plenty of Vitamin A in one’s diet. Vitamin A is a useful vitamin that can come from many different sources for one’s needs.

Vitamin A Protects Hair Roots
The lubrication of hair roots is important for hair growth needs. This is due to how hair roots are going to need to be able to keep from becoming too dry to where hair cannot be well supported. Having plenty of Vitamin A in one’s diet can work to help with making sure that the roots are moist enough to support hair follicles.

In addition to this when the roots are supported they will be able to continue to be active. If roots are dormant in their qualities they will end up causing hair loss if they are not treated properly.

Vitamin Can Protect Hair Nerve Fibers
The nerves in the scalp should be protected so that proper signals can be sent to the scalp to get it to produce more hair. Vitamin A is known to work to protect nerve fibers by building up around them to create protective layers that help to keep them from being damaged. This in turn can help to get hair growth to work properly.

What Foods Feature Vitamin A?
There are many types of foods that contain Vitamin A with the most notable coming from dairy products. Cheese and milk are known to contain high levels of Vitamin A for one’s diet. Beef liver can also help.

For those who are on vegetarian or vegan diets it helps to know that many vegetables can provide the body with this vitamin. Carrots, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and pumpkin are among the best vegetables to use here.

How Much Vitamin A Is Needed?
In order to keep hair growth at a healthy level it will help to stick to having a small level of Vitamin A each day. 1000mcg is best for a man while 800mcg can work for a woman. Having too much can cause hair loss. This is especially important to see because of how the body does not break down Vitamin A as easily as it can wither other vitamins.

It is best to see how Vitamin A can work for one’s hair growth needs. This vitamin can work to protect hair roots and the growth levels of hair. It will be best to make sure that this vitamin is not overdone though.

How to make faith amour hair lotion

6 oz distilled water
1/2 oz shea butter
1/2 oz cocoa butter
1/2 oz olive oil
1/2 oz avocado oil
1/2 oz jojoba
1/2 oz emulsifying wax
pinch of Vitamin C (optional)
1/2 tsp Vitamin E 1400 IU
½ teaspoon lavender oil

Melt butters and emulsifying wax in a double boiler. When melted completely for 20 minutes at 175 degrees, add oils and Vitamin E. In a separate container add vitamin C to warm previously boiled water and dissolve. When both oils and water are about the same temperature, slowly add water to oils mixing with a stick blender.
Blend 2 minutes, wait 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Wait until cool to add essential oils. Blend once more before placing in containers. Store in a cool place or refrigerate if necessary.

Good nutrition and proper hydration is the key to healthy natural hair care in the cold winter months. Hair, just like skin, dries out due to the lack of water.

Freezing cold temperatures, excessive winds and snow all wreak havoc on hair. Seasons change and so does the moisture levels in the air which in turn affect hair. Central heating can also adversely affect hair in the winter months. Winterizing hair is important in maintaining that healthy glow.

Hair Nutrition
Nutrition is important to the skin, nails and hair in any climate, but especially in the cold winter months. Essential fatty acids, as found in cold-water fish, extra virgin olive oil, flax oil or supplements such as primrose or borage oils, provide natural “waterproofing”. If essential fatty acid (EFA) levels are low, hair gets dry. A key indicator that this is happening to the hair is inspecting the skin. If the appearance of “alligator shins” can be seen on the skin then there is an EFA deficiency in the body. Therefore, hair breakage will increase as well as frizzy hair. At this point the damage is done.

Hair contains protein. A diet that’s low in protein can cause thinning and an unhealthy look. Lecithin and soy are proven to be essential for healthy hair.

Adding Moisture
Hair vitamins may sound silly, but they work much better in restoring hair moisture than the usual store bought products that contain chemicals.

Moisture can be added by using a simple product – olive oil. Once or twice a week warm up some olive oil and massage it into the hair. Let it sit on the hair for no more than five minutes then wash hair as usual.

Natural Conditioners
Jojoba Oil

20 ml rose floral water

10ml jojoba

10 drops vitamin E oil

Gently warm rose water and add in jojoba oil. Add the vitamin E and mix well. Wet hair with warm water. Massage conditioner onto hair and scalp. Leave on for several minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water then shampoo as usual.

Clover Honey Conditioner

Wet hair with warm water, then massage half a cup of pure clover honey into hair. Work it through to the ends. Cover your hair with a plastic bathing cap or towel. Leave the conditioner on for at least 20 minutes then shampoo as usual.

Olive Oil and Safflower Oil

Use olive oil as a natural anti-frizz hair product. Mix 50ml of light olive oil with 30-40 drops of a scented oil of your choice. Mix well before each use. Take a small amount and spread throughout the ends of hair.

Safflower oil will create shine and moisten the hair. A few drops in your hand, rub the oil around and apply onto hair.

Winter Hair Tips
Dry hair thoroughly (preferably air drying, not blow drying) before going outdoors. Wet hair in cold temperatures turns into frozen hair. Frozen hair will lead to breakage.
Cover damp hair if being exposed to the elements. Most styling products contain water and they will freeze once outside.
Shampoo less if there is excessive hair breakage. A good indicator of excessive hair breakage is to look in the drain. It’s common for hair to break off more due to the dry winter months. Maintain natural oils by washing less. Washing only once or twice a week is recommended in maintaining natural oils on the scalp and in the hair.
Wear a hat. Hats protect the hair and they can be fashionable.
Regular oil treatments, preferably natural oil treatments are effective in helping to re-hydrate hair from heating systems and wintery conditions.
Additional Healthy Hair Tips
cut back or quit smoking
reduce caffeine and carbonated drinks as they weaken hair growth
avoid use of hot water, hot blow dryers and other hot hair care tools
have a weekly scalp massage to stimulate follicles
trim hair regularly
A healthy lifestyle, good nutrition and regular moisurizing helps in keeping hair healthy in the winter and throughout the year.

Read more at Suite101: Maintaining Hair Health in Winter: Dry Hair into Beautiful Hair the Natural Way

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Properties: Anti spasmodic, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, hepatic, emenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine, stimulant, stomachic and tonic
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