Hair Garden “Herbal Tea” Tree-tment

Hair Garden "Herbal Tea" tree-tment
Hair Garden “Herbal Tea” tree-tment

Originally, this product was developed specifically for the scalp maintenance of those that suffered from certain forms of alopecia, wore braids, twists, and locs due to complains of dry scalp, dry hair and hair breakage. However, this product has proven to be beneficial regardless of the type of hair style being worn. The skin and scalp contains special glands that produce their own form of lubrication and protection in the form of sebum (oil), a combination of fats and lipids your body secretes. The sebum lubricates and protects by providing a protective, acidic layer on the hair and skin, keeping it soft and protecting it from being invaded by bacteria and other harmful things. However, the oil glands cannot always produce what the scalp need and this where the Hair and Scalp Treatment comes in. A lot of the problems that I saw clients having with their scalp simply came from unbalanced pH of their sebum and scalp. This can stem from medications/drugs, poor diet, improper cleansing habits, product usage and environmental factors. The herbs you see are horsetail, a natural form of silica that works to strengthen the hair externally. This product contains avocado oil, which is rich in vitamins A, B, D, and E, nutrients, amino acids, essential fatty acids and natural humectant properties that seal in moisture. It also contains one of my favorite ingredients, aloe vera, which works as a natural astringent, helps balance scalp pH and has amazing skin healing and regeneration properties.  I picked these ingredients, amongst a few others primarily, because when combined they can take the place and perform the important functions that our natural sebum (oil) is supposed to perform. The Hair and Scalp Treatment is also good for adding moisture to hair prior to detangling (for styling), as a hot oil treatment prior to shampooing, and can even be mixed in with your favorite rinse out conditioner for added conditioning benefits. This product is designed to strengthen the hair and follicles and to promote a healthy environment for hair growth. For best results, use on clean scalp and hair. Contact me at hairgarden@live.com to find out how to get this product for yourself or visit my Etsy shop at http://www.HairGardenLLC.etsy.com!

Pre-poo Recipe (pre-shampoo)

 I tried a new pre-poo recipe the other day and was very satisfied with the results so I wanted to share it with my readers. These are the ingredients I used:

•red palm oil (5 tablespoons)
•coconut milk (1/4 cup)
•honey (2 tablespoons)
•yogurt (1/4 cup)

Pre-poo mixture
Hair after pre-poo is applied
pre-poo

I moistened my hair slightly with water. I applied to mixture to my damp hair, covered with a shower cap and let it penetrate for about 2 hours.  I rinsed thoroughly with warm water and then applied some Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner. After that, I shampooed once with Hair Garden Cleansing Shampoo and followed with the Giovanni conditioner. I then sectioned my hair into four sections and applied coconut oil to my dripping wet hair before towel blotting it. I let my hair air dry for almost 30 minutes and then detangled with Hair Garden shealoe moisturizer. I braided my hair into three cornrows and let it dry overnight. The next day I had soft, shiny hair and a moisturized scalp!

Give this recipe a try! You can add or exchange ingredients for your experimenting pleasure! I would love for you to come back and share what you tried and your results on my blog! Thanks for reading!

Red Palm Oil for Dry Hair!

I want to share some information about an oil I have added to my hair, scalp, and skin favorites! I always see palm oil or palm kernal oil in many natural hair ingredients when I read the labels, but never thought much of it. My mom used to have palm oil by the gallon and cook with it all the time when I was growing up. I knew it gave food a great and distinct aroma, taste and  color, but I was not aware of all of its internal and extral benefits for our bodies. I came across it one day while searching for coconut oil at the Oriental grocery store and decided to bring a bottle home to experiment with.

Palm Oil

Palm oil is rich in beta-carontene which is a great antioxidant. It has a higher content of beta-carotene than carrots and tomatoes. It’s high in vitamins A and E, so it helps repair damaged cells. Externally, it is effective in treating eczema, psoriasis, scars, and stretch marks. This makes sense of why it is used in a lot of a products geared towards renewing and moisturizing skin.

This oil also has several amazing benefits for hair! It softens, improves elasticity, and adds shine. Red palm oil also has antibacterial properties which aids in providing a healthy growing environment for your scalp and hair follicles.

Red palm oil does not lose its nutrients when it is heated like some oils can so this is what makes it excellent for cooking. However, it is a very heavy, thick oil and solidifies at room temperature like coconut oil. Due to the intense nature of the oil, in my opinion, it is great for a pre-poo or any type of natural conditioner you don’t mind possibly having to shampoo out depending on your hair type.

I like to mix palm oil with other heavier ingredients like banana, avocado and honey. It would go great in a caramel treatment as well. Essential oils are great to aid in masking the palm oil smell if you’re not so fond of it.

If you have tightly curled/coiled hair or hair that is very dry, then I would recommend  red palm oil as a pre-shampoo or hot oil treatment!

Please feel free to share any of your experiences with palm oil.

 

My Avocado Hair Dip!

There is one deep conditioner that works better than any other for my hair and it is part of my regular deep conditioning regimen. It is my Avocado Healthy Hair Dip! An all natural dip for your hair with many benefits! I try do this conditioner about once a month or between protective styles.

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These are the ingredients and their benefits:

  1. Avocado (a little past ripe)- Ranked in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Nutritious Fruit! High in omega fatty acids. Contains over 20 beneficial nutrients including vitamins A, B6 (helps combat alopecia), C, E, and K. Hydrates the hair and skin. Contains almost twice the potassium of a banana.
  2. Yogurt (plain, full-fat if you can)- Excellent detangler! It’s pH is very similar to the natural pH of the hair so it is great for those with high porosity. The combination of fats and acids work to soften the cuticle encouraging slip. The lactic acids act as a natural alpha-hydroxy acid aiding in clarifying hair and scalp of build-up which will enhance shine. Lactic acid works as anti-bacterial and anti-fungal which can sometimes work to slow hair growth or cause unhealthy hair growth. Great for helping soothe dandruff and other fungal scalp ailments.
  3. Honey (raw)- It is not as sticky as you think especially once you combine with other ingredients. I like to buy the local honey from the farmer’s market or the stands I see on the roadside (Got to love living in the South!) Great humectant (draws in moisture), softens hair and increases elasticity, enhances shine. Natural anti-bacterial. Holds many healing properties.
  4. Coconut Oil (virgin, unprocessed) Great hair conditioner, strengthens and protects hair from damage, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, absorbs well into scalp and skin. This is a must have for me. I use it in my overall beauty care regimen and even include many forms of coconut in my diet.
  5. Red Palm Oil- Softens hair, adds shine, increases elasticity. Antibacterial properties. I love it because it is a heavy oil rich in nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamin A and carotene that nourish the scalp and help improve the overall appearance of the hair.
  6. Lavender essential oil- It is a natural pain reliever and antiseptic. I add about 10 drops of this to my mix. I change the essential oils I used depending on the effect I am looking for. I used lavender this time because I just came out of a protective style and my scalp was a little sore. Also wanted to clear scalp of any impurities.
  7. Rosemary essential oil- Increases circulation to the scalp. It acts as a stimulant for cell renewal in the follicle. I chose this because it was the full moon and I wanted to take advantage of the increased circulation to my scalp. Since I had just come out of a protective style, I knew there would be an increase in manipulation due to detangling and styling. I wanted to make sure that my follicles where strong and healthy enough.
  8. Henna powder- Use the best quality henna powder you can find. I use it for protein purposes, not to color my hair. The oils in my mixture will stop the henna from coloring my hair by making the pigments that develop unable to attach to my hair.

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I part my hair into 4 sections and begin applying the product from the crown and make my way out to the perimeter. This helps me reduce messiness when applying this conditioner because the hair becomes heavier and the weight makes it harder to keep in place. I like to manipulate the product thought my hair and scalp with my hands for circulation and to relax the cuticle. Once my hair and scalp are covered and saturated, I go through with a very wide toothed comb and detangle my hair before putting on a processing cap. I don’t use a hooded dryer with this conditioner, usually just let it set for about an hour (max. 4-6 hours). I recommend using a steamer, or placing a warm towel over the cap followed by a dry towel or another processing cap, if you use additional heat.

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Results from 2010 when I started using avocado.
Results from 2010 when I started using avocado. Hair was banded.

I usually shampoo twice and follow with a light conditioner and an apple cider vinegar rinse to seal the deal! This is a good time to dust your ends or trim them as well. My hair looks and feels amazing following this treatment. You can tweak the recipe for your own needs! I would love to hear what you did and how it works for you!

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Hair Garden Meet-Up #3! An Evening of Fun!

On Thursday, December 16, 2010, the Hair Garden Natural Beauties met at Vallarta Mexican Restaurant for the 3rd natural hair and health meet-up! The event took place from 6-8pm. We began the evening by going around the table and introducing ourselves and sharing our natural journey. We had a great turnout this time with 14 ladies attending!

Ladies at the meet-up
Natural Beauties!

 Once everyone started eating, we began the natural hair and body care trivia game and the giveaways. We had questions like, “What is propylene glycol and what personal products are they found in?”, “What are good ways to keep your scalp from being dry and flaky this winter” and “What is the difference between a deep conditioner and a protein conditioner?” With every question answered correctly there were prize options such as, natural hair accessories, bath bombs/fizzies (donated by Mrs. Becky!), samples of shampoo, lavender whipped shea butter and peppermint whipped shea butter.

Ladies during trivia with their prizes!

After we finished the trivia I began the drawing for the big prizes! Shannon was the winner of 8oz raw shea butter, Shon won Hair Garden’s Cleansing Shampoo, Michelle was the winner of the peppermint whipped shea (blossom formula), Nicola won the Lavender whipped shea butter (blossom formula), and Tiffany, Kandis, and Danni were the winners of the avocado deep conditioner.  All of the products besides the bath bombs/fizzies were  handmade by me. I made them fresh right before the meet-up!

Tiffany (left), seated with Cassie, was one of the lucky winners of the avocado deep conditioner!

After the games and giveaways, some of the ladies began to participate in karaoke while others hung out and got better acquainted. Everyone had a great time and left with some great prizes and information! Many of us ended up staying all night until the restaurant closed. We had a very positive, enlightening, and productive time and I can’t wait to do it again!  This was the last meet-up of 2010 and I am eagerly awaiting the meet-ups of 2011!

We stuck around until closing time!

One of the ladies that attended the meet-up came in directly after her visit to the barber shop. She got a funky new cut. She said she wanted to try something different and decided on this style. I loved it and thought it was really cute, so I asked her if I could take a picture to post on my blog!

Low all around with two-strand twists at the top.

Thank for reading! Blessings! 🙂

Hair Garden Natural Beauties Meet-up #3!

Hello! Join us at Hair Garden’s 3rd natural hair meet-up! We will meet on Thursday, December 16,  from 6-8pm at Vallarta Mexican Restaurant located at 3144 Wrightsboro Road. There will be natural product giveaways, games, info and karaoke! Join us whether you are natural, relaxed, or transitioning! This is all about learning and sharing information about caring for bodies naturally! E-mail me at hairgarden@live.com for more info! Thank you!

See Me Speak at Fro Fashion Week 2011!

Hello everyone! I have received and accepted the honorable invitation to speak at Fro Fashion Week 2011! This is an exclusive conference where all of the trendsetters of the natural hair care industry get together. My presentation will be “Why Should You Go Natural? Facts vs. Myths”. I will be presenting Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 1:30-2:45! Here is the link to get more details: http://www.naturallymemedia.com/fro-fashion-week/! Hope to see you there and thank you to everyone for your support!

-Aphropuphs 🙂

Natural Hair Meet-up #2 was a Success!!

At Hair Garden’s 2nd natural hair meet-up on October 28, 2010, all the ladies gathered for an evening of learning and fun! We began with mingling and taking a look at all the wonderful products everyone brought in. Some of the products we were familiar with and some were new to us! We followed with good food and played a natural hair care trivia game! While playing the game, many ladies shared their personal hair care regimen and gave us a lot of great ideas! Topics included both hair and skin care. Following the game, everyone introduced their favorite hair or skin product and gave us all of the advantages of the product!

Ladies eating and chatting Ladies discussing hair care
Ladies discussing hair care

Overall, everyone had a great time and left with some valuable information! I know I did! Hopefully you will be able to join us next time! Plans for the next natural hair meet-up are still in development so stay tuned for details! Thank you!

Hair Garden Natural Hair meet-up #2!

Join Hair Garden’s 2nd natural hair meet-up on Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 6-8pm. Please e-mail me for details on the location!

Last time we all enjoyed games with natura hair accessories for prizes. This time we will be doing product education. Bring your favorite and least favorite products to learn more about their ingredients and what they do! If you have a product that didn’t work for you, bring  it along and swap with someone! You may come across a product you would love!

There will be refreshments and trivia! E-mail me at hairgarden@live.com for details! Thank you!

Hair Garden Meet-up #1!

Hair Garden’s first meet-up was a success. There was a good turn out and I know the number of participants will increase each time!

Hair Garden Natural Beauties 9/29/10

Everyone met at the new Golden Corral on Bobby Jones Expressway. It was the first time dining at the new location for a lot of us. We started of by doing a meet-and-greet and enjoying dinner together. After chatting for a bit we began playing a natural hair trivia game. I was very impressed with everyone’s knowledge on natural hair and natural hair care! The questions included: “What are 3 ways to keep your natural hair healthy?” and “What does it mean to ‘pre-poo’?”

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I was really happy with the way everyone was interacting. They were giving each other advice and encouraging each other along on their natural hair journey. The funny thing is half of the ladies were already natural and the other half were still in the transitioning stages so they were really helpful  and supportive of each other! Amongst themselves they did a lot of the hard work for me!

Ladies having dinner
Natural Beauties!

Everyone got to pick out the headbands and accessories of their choice at the end of the game. So far, we are aiming at October 28th for the next natural hair meet-up.  I will have the details on the location posted as soon as I get all that sorted out. Hopefully next time we will see you there!

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