Greetings, all! A few months back, I told you a that I had a product makeover happening for 3 of Hair Garden’s products. Well, the items have been tested by myself and you all and has been approved!
The first 2 items that I was most excited about are the cleansers! My soothing mint and mango punch cleansers are now whipped!
I was having trouble with the consistency and viscosity of the product and wasn’t satisfied with the results although the product worked well for me.
My new formula is more of a cream/paste texture as opposed to the former liquid.
Also, the Hair Juice formula is pretty much the same, I just increased the oil content and added mango butter to enhance softness. I had some customers bring a few things to my attention and I tweaked it! I also offer an alternative to the citrus scent. I now offer bamboo. It is a clean scent similar to the Avocado Shea moisturizer but not as sweet.
I am happy with the new changes and additions to The Hair Garden Nursery’s product lineup and I will continue to add more!
I offer sample sets that include a cleanser, conditioner, herbal oil, moisturizer and mist for $9.
These items can be purchased at my Etsy shop! Click here to visit The Hair Garden Nursery! Sales will be offered for the holiday season.
Hello, my loves!!! If you follow me on Etsy, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you’ve probably already seen that I am improving some existing products and introducing a new item to the line up!
A lot of my process in perfecting my product making is trial and error and please believe I have made a LOT of errors!! 😅
It took a little while to find the right ingredients because I wanted to stay as close to quality and natural ingredients as possible.
I’m excited to let you all know that I have completed my personal test runs and am ready to get these new items out to you all! Only 2 oz sizes will be available for the first couple of weeks and then 8 and 16 oz.
There will be some awesome sales going on as I finish off my old inventory to make place for the new items. I will be posting promo codes and having special sale listings!
I can’t wait to introduce these new items to you all! Thanks for all your support!
Hello, my lovely people! Oh, how I have missed you all! I have been on a hiatus but am now back to work! I filmed my 1st commercial ad specifically for Paris Hair and Beauty Supplies, the beauty supply store that carries my products! I was pretty proud of the outcome so I wanted to share it with you all!
I introduce 2 of my new products as well- Mango Punch Cleanser and Euca-Mint Conditioner! I will be making another one soon because I have some other hair treats I am working on!
I hope you liked it! I will be updating again pretty soon!
Huge Greetings to all my lovely blossoms!! I know, I know!! I have been on a long hiatus! My last post was nearly 6 months ago when I left for Ghana! I have had a lot going on since I’ve returned that I will be catching you up on!
Here is the first bit of exciting news I have to share with you all! Hair Garden’s products are now being carried at Paris Hair and Beauty Supplies store in Trenton, New Jersey! From the shelves of my salon, to the pages of Etsy and now on to the shelves of an actual beauty supply store!
So far, they are carrying Hair Garden’s Soothing Mint Cleanser, Mango Punch Conditioner, Herbal Tea Tree-tment Oil and Hair Juice and the response has been great so far!
This has been an amazing and exciting venture for me! What I love most about this store is their focus on exposure for budding small businesses! They feature many other products for the hair and body made by other dedicated entrepreneurs like me!
If you’re ever in the area, you should go check them out and show your support! Their address is 1566 Edgewood Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey 08618.
Greetings, Blossoms! I want to introduce you to the latest addition to my Etsy shop! I have put together some Herbal Hair Teas for your personal at home use. WARNING!!These teas are not for consumption! They are only for use on the hair and scalp! I usually hand-stuff the tea bags with the intention of suspending them in my oils but I want to give you all the flexibility to do other things with it as well! I also came up with some different herbal blends for specific needs!
The tea bags come in Master blend, Growth blend, Strengthening blend, and Dandruff blend. The Master blend is a combination of the 3 later blends. Herbs and other natural ingredients such as peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, silica, lavender, and lecithin are used, to name a few. It is the same blend used in the Hair Garden “Herbal Tea” Tree-tment.
These herbs can be suspended in your own blend of oils. You can even brew it in warm water and make your own hair tea rinse at home. You can even brew it in water and make your own herbal treatment spray! Open the tea bags and add the oils to your favorite deep conditioner to enhance its effects!
Hello, beautiful people! I have finally gotten my hands on more of my beloved red palm oil! I ran out of it a couple of months ago and kept putting off going out to look for it. One of my students told me she was going to the local Farmer’s Market after class so I sent my request (and some cash!). The next day she brought me my rich, red goodness!
It is the best heavy conditioning oil for my hair! I include it in just about all of my deep conditioning mixes. I usually always use the red palm oil from Ghana, however, I am looking forward to using this oil! The major plus is that it’s organic! At least that’s what the label says so let’s just think positive.
I was so excited about my oil and just wanted to share that with you! I have a busy few days ahead of my of loving up on some curls but I will eventually get to my own and will share my latest conditioner recipe and more red palm oil info!
Greetings, lovelies! I have some awesome news to share with you! Hair Garden has a new home!
It was a difficult and BIG decision for me but I decided to get out there on my own! I found a suite in a beauty spa and have sealed the deal and moved in! I’m located inside of Beauty Restoration Spa at 3574 Highway 20 SE, Conyers, GA 30013.
I wanted a place where I could work on my clients in a professional atmosphere and make my retail available to the public.
Painting has just been completed so I am now getting settled in!
There are certain essential oils that I always keep on and lavender is one of them! It is great for so many different things and I think it is something you may want to try as well! First let’s learn a little more about what it is!
Lavender stems from the Latin word “lavare” which means “to wash” due to its clean aroma. Its early uses included being added to laundry and bath water.
Lavender oil has a soothing and balancing effect and is one of the most popular essential oils used.
Lavender is a natural antiseptic, antimicrobial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, decongestant and sedative! In other words it naturally kills bacteria and fungus, reduces swelling, helps relieve excess water, reduces mucus production and is a mood enhancer. Its calming properties is why it has been used for a long time to help people relax, sooth small children to sleep and even used to treat migraines.
One of my favorite things about lavender oils is its efficacy when used to treat certain types of alopecia. It is best for alopecia areata which is a form of hair loss in which hair is lost in small patches on the body. It promotes cell regeneration and growth and healing which makes it a great option.
This oil is great for both oily and dry scalp meaning its sebum regulating properties benefit overactive or underactive sebaceous glands. It also relieves itchiness from dandruff, dry scalp and many other scalp irritations.
I’ve given you a few facts about the oil. Here are a few ways that I personally use it!
Joint pain relief – Some days after braiding hair or just because of the weather, I have pain in my 2nd knuckle joint on my right hand. I blend lavender with either eucalyptus oil or tea tree oil in a light carrier like almond or grape seed oil and massage it on my hand. The pain and inflammation disappears in moments.
Muscle pain relief – I may over-exert myself while working out or lifting and moving something and may have some muscle pain. I remedy this with a light carrier oil and some drops of lavender oil and rosemary oil. Rosemary aids in improving circulation bringing blood flow to the area as the lavender reduces pain and swelling.
Stomach cramping – Whether I am having stomach pain due to menses or digestion issues a light carrier with lavender and peppermint oil always does the trick for me! Stomach muscles are soothed and any gas or pain present is relived!
Headaches – I apply a few drops of lavender with a carrier to my temple areas when I am having a headache. This is when its sedative properties get to kick in. It provides pain relief and relaxes me as well!
Sore scalp -My scalp can get a little sore from a lot of manipulation of my hair especially around the edges. When my scalp is tender from getting a new style or from taking one down, I apply lavender oil often mixed with coconut oil. I apply it before getting my hair styled in anticipation of a high manipulation and to soothe and discomfort afterwards. Peppermint oil or eucalyptus is a good addition for their pain relieving and soothing effects.
Scalp care – This oil has amazing antimicrobial properties that fight bacterial and fungal infections. These are often things that can affect the scalp and can hair loss. I always add it to my shampoo and any products I plan on placing directly on my scalp
Sleep aid – On nights when I am feeling restless, I may place a few drops of lavender in my burner. The lavender is relaxing and calming. If you shower/bathe before bed this is excellent to add to your soaps and bath gels!
Cuts, scrapes and bruises – I admit that I can get a little clumsy and I end up with all types abrasions and scrapes! Lavender and coconut oil is my #1 go to! Apply it to your minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites and irritations for natural relief.
Now you see why I always keep lavender oil around! There are so many more ways that this oil can benefit you.
How do you use it? Do you think you will add lavender oil to your essential oil collection if you haven’t already?
I’ve been getting calls and messages since I left Augusta in 2013! I return occasionally to service some of my clients but I see that once every few months is not enough! I am more than happy to return on a more regular basis to love up on that beautiful natural hair! I will also be bringing some Hair Garden products available for purchase with me! You can call me, e-mail me or book an appointment with me on StyleSeat! I look forward to bringing the best out of your natural hair!
Greetings, blossoms! I am so excited to introduce two of my latest products to you all! I have developed two unique conditioners that are great for the hair! Please welcome The Hair Garden’s Mango Punch Conditioner and Avocado Shea Moisturizer! Both conditioners provide great benefits depending on your hair needs!
The Mango Punch Conditioner is a thick conditioner with mango butter, soy butter, olive oil, strengthening silk protein and essential oils! It has an amazing fruity, mango scent that everyone loves! This product can be used as a rinse or a leave-in to tame frizz and aid in manageability.
The Avocado Shea Moisturizer is a light daily moisturizer bursting with aloe vera, shea butter, avocado butter, coconut oil, amino acids and essential oils. This product is great for detangling, baggying and day-to-day styling. Comes in Vanilla Bouquet, a wonderful vanilla-sandalwood fragrance.
When it comes to locking hair, I am strong believer in technique and not relying heavily on product. Many people want quick results in eager anticipation of wearing their lovely locked styles and are willing to try almost anything. Stylists want to give those quick results and they end up doing what I call “plastering the hair together” rather than letting it lock naturally as it will eventually do anyway. I compare it “plastering” because of the dependence of the product to lock the hair rather than maintenance techniques.
Why you don’t need tons of product. A majority of the clients who sit in my chair for locs will have some sort of curl or wave pattern (I will discuss locking straighter and resistant hair textures in another post). This type of hair naturally forms some type of helix. The job of the stylist is the aid the matting process of the cylindrically formed tendrils. The hair is going to lock! What you don’t want is the remaining buildup of the waxy, sticky products that have been repeatedly in your newly formed and maturing locs.
Where the trouble begins. The most common method I see many stylists use to start locs is the coil or comb twist method with a locking product. It is best done on wet or damp hair and product is used to smooth and reinforce the coil. Many are convinced that they have to go the 6 week to almost even 9 months without cleansing their hair for it to lock!!! I’ve seen people attempt to go longer, don’t do this!!! This is where the initial trouble begins.
How the problem becomes worse. Along with the product being trapped in your hair with no release, you are also trapping your personal debris (scalp flakes, sweat, natural oils etc), environmental debris and everything else in your hair. The pH of your scalp is now changing to help battle some of this growing amount of debris being left of the scalp. This for some causes increased irritation and can lead to some infections of the scalp that could even become chronic. I have had to clarify so many heads of locked hair that have come my way due to these tactics. I have started locks of all hair textures and sizes while still cleansing the hair regularly with water and cleanser.
You didn’t listen now look what happened. In my opinion, some natural things are fine to use in the hair as long as the hair is being cleansed regularly. Keep in mind that even with regular cleansing, due to the meshing of the hair, you may not be able to remove all traces of product. Also, you want to consider the lifestyle and scalp condition of the person that you are using these products on especially if you are suggesting that they do not cleanse the hair with water and cleanser. I have had clients that have had their locs started with everything from honey, shea butter, beeswax/wax (I despise it) along with a combination of locking products that eventually cause what I like to call “loc sludge”. Loc sludge can affect the health, color, smell, weight, manageability, etc of your locs. This sludge can be found my wringing the locs once they have become saturated with warm water and a little bit of clarifier. It’s not a pretty sight.
An alternative to water? The dry shampooing is a good option also, but in my opinion, only to an extent. Yes, the scalp is clean but what about the debris collected in the loc itself? It will only find its way right back to the scalp and it will continue to collect more buildup with continued application of product during maintenance and grooming.
What should be used then, know it all? When it comes to loc maintenance, I like to go for more natural options such as aloe, oils, light butters, and even some light, alcohol-free gels. I prefer products that rinse clean from the hair and are safe to be absorbed by the body. I keep the products used in the hair as simple as possible because the client should be carrying positive energy in their locs, not sludge!!
Below is a picture of one of the gels that I recommend and is a favorite of mine for locs.
Questions and comments are welcomed! Thank you for stopping by The Hair Garden!