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9 PROVEN REMEDIES THAT COMBAT DANDRUFF AT HOME

Dandruff in Natural Hair

Dandruff is medically known as Seborrheic dermatitis. It is usually noticed as a greasy, flaky and itchy feeling on the skin. It is usually experienced in areas where there is a lot of hair. Some persons have it on their hair, eyebrows, chest (in men) etc. It is not contagious but can be embarrassing.

In addition, dandruff is caused by fungus living on your skin called Mallassezia globosa which produces oleic acid which causes itchiness. It usually appears as small round patches on the scalp. Mild cases of dandruff would usually disappear with regular washing of hair while more stubborn cases require more attention.

It is worthy to note that, dandruff can occur in all ages and ethnic groups and are especially noticeable in teenagers going through puberty. Cradle cap is usually noticed in babies but may disappear after a few weeks.

Interestingly, there is no known cure for dandruff because in most people it comes and goes. Some believe it is caused by a fungus that lives in the skin, others say genetics play a role.

Finally, if your parents have oily or dry skin or whether they are very hairy, it is likely that as their child you would have it too. The environment where you live can factor into how bad your dandruff will be depending on if it is a humid or dry environment.

How to identify Anti-dandruff shampoo

Some specially made shampoos that can help dandruff patients are made from anti-fungal medications and they usually contain some of these ingredients.

  1. Ketoconazole
  2. Ciclopirox
  3. Zinc pyrithione
  4. Selenium sulfide
  5. Coal tar
  6. Salicylic acid

These ingredients help to reduce the desire to scratch the area as well as reduce inflammation.

Home Remedies For dandruff

1. LEMON: Make a mixture of lemon juice and coconut oil. Strain out the chaff from the lemon. Apply on your hair with a cotton wool and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

2. YOGURT: Apply yogurt on your roots and leave for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water

3. ASPIRIN: Crush 2 aspirin tablets and mix it in your regular shampoo. Leave in hair for a few minutes and then rinse off.

4. TEA TREE OIL: A few drops of this oil in your shampoo can help keep dandruff at bay.

5. BAKING SODA: Baking soda – Make a paste with water and rub vigorously into the skin. Rinse off with water afterwards.

6. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Apple Cider Vinegar helps to change the pH of your scalp making it difficult for dandruff to grow. Mix equal amount of the ACV with water in your spray bottle and spritz it on your scalp. Let in sit for some minutes while your hair is wrapped up in a plastic bag or shower cap and a towel.

7. ALOE VERA: Massage your hair with Aloe Vera before shampooing to sooth the itch. You will experience a soothing effect. This is because it is an excellent conditioner which has anti bacteria and anti-fungal qualities to kill the micro-organism causing dandruff.

8. GARLIC: To escape the harsh smell of garlic, mash some pieces of garlic mixed with honey. Apply to your scalp before washing.

9. OLIVE OIL: Massage olive oil into scalp overnight and wash off later.

When treating dandruff it is helpful to treat the scalp and not the hair because the problem resides in the scalp. Let the treatment sit for some minutes before washing it off so it can destroy the fungus.

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I am Oluseyi aka Princesslizz.. I love to teach women how to care for their hair and gain the confidence that a Queen has when she has her crown on. I love to read, write and learn everything possible. Follow me on instagram @iamprincesslizz for more.

Top 5 Essential oils for Healthy Natural Hair

Essential oils for hair growth

Some of the staple products every natural who wants to grow her hair healthy and fast in no time should have are known as essential oils. They have been in existence long ago when they were used for their therapeutic benefits in the East but in recent years studies have shown that they are very beneficial for natural hair.

The following are the most common essential oils and their specific properties and benefits.

Peppermint oil :

This special oil gives a chilly feeling when it comes in contact with the skin or scalp. It is helpful in stimulating blood circulation when massaged into an area and this aids faster hair growth.

Tea tree oil

This oil is very good for naturals who experience itchiness on their scalp. By simply applying a few drops to the palm and massaging the scalp for a few minutes, the itch is taken care of. You can also put a few drops of this wonder oil in your spray bottle with some coconut oil and leave in conditioner to spritz your scalp every once in awhile.

Rosemary oil

Rosemary oil is great for increasing hair growth and thickness. It was found to perform as good as minoxidil a treatment for hairloss when used for hair with reduced side effects. It can also be mixed with some coconut oil or olive oil and applied on the scalp for massaging.

Lavender oil

This oil according to research, sped up hair growth in mice. It has antibacterial properties which could improve the health of the scalp. To use it, mix a few drops in olive oil or coconut oil and use as you oil mix for maximum benefits.

Cedarwood oil

For hair issues like dandruff and alopecia areata, Cedarwood oil is wonderful. When mixed with Rosemary and lavender oil it combats hair loss. It also has antibacterial properties just as it balances oil production in the scalp.

Other equally beneficial essential oils include :

  1. Lemongrass oil
  2. Thyme oil
  3. Orange oil
  4. Ylang-ylang oil etc all of which are helpful for hair regrowth, retention and health.

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Amazing benefits of Tea Rinses for NATURAL HAIR

By the end of this article, you will have learnt about the amazing benefits of tea rinses for your natural hair and why you might need to give it a try.

Photo credit: Keaman Black tea. www.mylovetea.com

What Kind Of Tea Is Good for Your Natural hair?

Tea is made in different ways around the world I believe, but here in Nigeria we put a lot of milk and sugar maybe some honey to sweeten our tea. That’s not the type of tea to use for your hair OK?

The type of tea to be used is either black tea or green tea preferably decaffeinated. You do not need to add sugar, milk, honey or anything else. Black tea is great if you want to have a dark tint on your hair while green tea preferable if you have dry hair. It has less caffeine.

Benefits of Tea Rinse for Natural Hair

  • It reduces shedding of hair : When you incorporate tea rinses into your regimen one in awhile, it will help you overcome excessive shedding especially on wash days. The caffeine present in Tea helps to block the DHT hormone (dihydrotestosterone) that triggers hair loss.
  • It covers grey hair : Constant use of black tea gives your hair a dark tint that could mask the grey hairs.
  • It makes the hair soft: It has been reported that some persons experience softer hair after a typical tea rinse. You just might be lucky.
  • It stimulates the scalp: Tea has a way of stimulating the scalp when applied so as to block the production of DHT for hair retention in both men and women.

How to make Tea rinses for Your Natural Hair

  • Boil a cup of water and add a few bags of unscented tea.
  • Leave to cool and simmer over the night.
  • Pour the tea into a spray bottle or an applicator bottle And mix it some with water if need be.
  • Wash and rinse your hair as you normally would and to the freshly washed hair, pour or spray the tea mix while concentrating on your scalp.
  • Cover your hair in a shower cap for about 20minutes before you proceed to deep conditioning.
  • Deep condition, moisturise and seal your hair.
  • Voila, you are done!

You are free to try this at home but if you have sensitive skin, mix a lot of water with the tea in your spray bottle or applicator bottle.

Let me know your experience whenever you try it out.

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Why You Should Use Chebe for Hair Growth

Chebe is a mixture of herbs used by Sudan and Chadian women for many centuries to boost their hair performance and increase hair growth.

Chebe Powder

Sudan and Chadian women are famous for their long 4C hair which sometimes reaches their thighs making them women with the longest hair in Africa.

According to Dodji a Chadian Trichiologist, Chebe or Shebe is gotten from croton gratissimus a plant found mostly in Africa.

BENEFITS OF CHEBE FOR HAIR GROWTH

  1. It prevents female pattern hair loss (FTP)
  2. It prevent the growth of fungus in scalp
  3. It helps to retain moisture which is key to hair growth

There is a common misconception that African hair cannot grow as much as the less coily types like those of the Indians and Asians but the Sudan women stand out gallantly to contradict those statements.

The realization of this made people delve into their hair care habits and products. The results found are shocking indeed.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WANT LONG HAIR

Firstly, you must understand that under normal circumstances when you are hale and hearty, your hair does not stop growing. The reason why your hair keeps shedding lies in your hair care and maintenance strategy which determines how much hair you retain on your head at the end of the day.

Secondly, heredity is another factor in determining hair length and density. This factor is one that you cannot alter because it lies deep within you but we can consciously control it by being more careful with our hair so as not to continue in that trend.

If you have a family with diabetes history, you should begin to avoid lifestyle practices that would increase your chances of getting the dreaded disease. The same applies to hair as we would soon see.

Your hair is like every other part of your body which needs regular conscious care and the difference between well managed hair and others is very visible.

Sudanese and Chadian women have an excellent practice with regards their hair. They usually weave their hair into 3 or 4 parts leaving it like that until the next time they want to apply their Chebe mix.

Chadian Girl

Chadian women do not wear intricate and complicated styles neither do they apply chemical based products that alter the hair features. They KEEP IT SIMPLE and it pays.

WHAT IS CHEBE MADE OF?

Chebe is a brown gritty mixture used along side Karkar oil for best results.

Legit says the herbal mix contains the following

Lavendar croton, Mahalaba (Cherry Kernels), Misik, Humra perfume and Cloves.

It has a spicy aroma which is quite noticeable when freshly applied to the hair. Karkar oil is a dark brown oil which is light in weight. It does not weigh down the hair in anyway.

Some sources say olive oil in which Chebe has been infused can be used in place of Karkar oil.

HOW TO APPLY CHEBE AND KARKAR OIL

To apply chebe for best result, mix with Karkar in a clean bowl in about equal proportions and mix till you achieve a good consistency depending on the length and volume of your hair. Four to five teaspoons of each should be averagely enough.

Step 1: Part your freshly washed hair into 4 or 6 portions while it is damp but not soaking wet.

Step 2: Generously apply the mix till you coat the entire length of your hair. Notice I said length of hair and not SCALP!! Chebe is said to irritate the scalp and so should NOT be applied there directly. Go round each section till the entire head is covered completely.

Step 3: Cover your hair with a shower cap of polythene bag for at least 3 hours. It could even be kept in for days if you don’t mind the aroma.

Step 4: Rinse with water afterwards so that you can enjoy the benefits of Chebe without the aroma.

Confidently, I can tell you that you will have testimonies within three weeks of use and the difference would be noticed by all. The amount of shedding you experience will be greatly reduced and as a result, your hair would grow very fast.

Another helpful way Chebe can be used (I like this ) is to add it to your deep conditioning treatment. I explained what a deep conditioning treatment is here.

Mix a few table spoons of chebe into your deep condioning mask and let it sit in for some hours preferably overnight. Rinse it out and style your hair as desired.

HOW DOES CHEBE WORK?

Chebe works in a simple way and it is very easy to use. It strengthens your strands, softens your hair, removes tangles and in turn makes you retain length.

Obviously, the reason the Chadian women are able to retain so much hair is because they carry out minimum manipulation which may cause breakage.

The only time they loosen their weaves is when they want to apply chebe mix to it again. Immediately they are done, they re braid it and return to their normal lifestyle.

Long 4C hair

If you desire to see length retention on your hair fast, it would be helpful if you leave the hair alone. By leaving alone, I mean reduce or stop doing things that would cause your hair to break or shed excessively.

HOW TO IDENTIFY AUTHENTIC CHEBE

Due to the rising popularity of Chebe for hair growth, many fake mixtures are labelled as Chebe in the market thereby making innocent women fall prey. It is worthy of note that these adulterated mixes cause severe itching, breakage and damage to the hair and should be avoided.

Interestingly, some fake Chebe are yellow in colour rather than earthy brown, while some are brown but contain incomplete ingredients and are therefore ineffective.

The best Chebe is gotten from Chad and if you must buy from a non citizen make sure it is authentic because you deserve real value for your money. Don’t purchase products online if you can’t verify its authenticity.

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5 Things to do to Grow Your Kinky Hair this Year!!

New Years Hair Resolutions

Are you trying to to grow your type 4 kinky hair long and healthy this year? It’s that time of the year when a lot of us make resolutions, goals and plans.

A resolution is a strong desire or decision to do something. What are your hair resolutions for the year? Do you desire to maintain healthy practices with respect to growing your hair? You may prefer to call them goals or plans but the most important thing is that you outline a strategy to achieve them.

Last year was a fantastic year for my hair. I hope it was for you but if not, here is another opportunity to get it right and crush it!

If you are looking to grow your kinky this year, there are a few things you need to pay close attention to. I have itemized the most important ones below.

Yeah You can do it!!

1. Create a regimen for your hair.

A regimen is simply a set of rules you set and follow judiciously in order to achieve your desired outcome for your hair. It is very important to write down things you plan to do daily, weekly, or monthly to your hair.

You should decide how often you will wash your hair, how often you will deep condition, whether or not you will style your hair with heat and so on. The importance of a regimen is that it keeps you on track so you will not keep changing your routine hair care and treatment.

Your regimen should include what works for you and not what everyone else is doing. Your hair will be better for it if you are consistent.

2. Protective Style

A protective style is a hair style that keeps the ends of your hair tucked away. You might be tempted to create different hairstyles as often as you desire but you need to know that low manipulation styles do better for the overall health of your hair.

Type 4C hair belongs to the kinky hair type which is the most fragile hair type because of its coily nature which makes it easy to break. If your goal is length retention, you should consider protective styles.

3. Check your Hair Products

It is easy to get confused or carried away by the hundreds of hair products in the market. Some are so popular due to vigorous marketing strtegies by the manufacturers.

However, to make a good choice which would make sure you get value for your money you should check the product constituents before paying for them.A few of the harmful ingredients in your hair products are:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
  • Fragrances
  • Triclosan
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Polysorbate
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Parabens

4. Trim your hair as needed.

It takes awhile for new naturalistas to understand the logic behind regular trims because most of us want to reach a desired hair length in a short while so how on earth does a trim help you get there faster they ask!

Sorry to scare you but it is actually true! Your hair does need a trim my dear! Trims help you to remove knots and tangles that would hinder your hair growth and the sooner you get rid of them the better before the whole hair is damaged greatly.

Trims are helpful if carried out once in three to six months. You can simply use the search and destroy method or a complete removal of uneven growth around your ends.

5. Track Your Progress!!!

When on a hair growth journey, it is very easy to get bored and loose focus: You might find yourself questioning your intentions again. That is why you should stay accountable.

Discipline, motivation and perseverance are the main things you need to remain on track. After a big chop, it is easy to get bored because you cannot see the growth you so badly want!!! I encourage you to keep a record of your progress.

Take pictures, make short videos, try new hairstyles and keep the dream alive. You will soon be there!

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DEEP CONDITIONING – Tips to make Your Hair softer

Deep conditioning is a term that describes taking extra care to get nutrients and moisture into your strands.
It goes a step further than regular conditioners that we use immediately after washing our hair. I’m referring to that type that sits for only a minute or two.
Over the years I have realized that many naturalistas have no idea what it means to deep condition their hair. A great number still live in the era of washing their hair once in a year and wondering why its dry and tangled and excessively shedding. If you are in that category well, welcome to the real world. Where on earth have you been all these years?
Once you have learned the right way to wash your hair, the next important step is to ‘condition’ your hair.
A good deep conditioning treatment sits for 20 mins to at least one hour for effectiveness.
There are two ways to deep condition your hair depending on its needs – Protein conditioning for weak shedding hair and Moisture conditioning for dry thirsty hair.
Tons of good deep conditioning products are available in stores around your locality but you need a few guidelines to identify which one would likely work better than the other. You could also synthesize yours from items in your kitchen provided you don’t mind strong smell.
Some DIY conditioners include the use of eggs, bananas, mayonnaise etc while store bought brands like cantu, shea moisture, ORS Olive oil and many others too numerous to mention are also equally effective!
You only need to try this once and you will realize that deep conditioning is a game changer indeed. Benefits of deep conditioning are:
1. Regular deep conditioning prevents damage, improves hair texture and general hair health.
2. Healthy hair needs moisture and deep conditioning provides enough moisture to reduce brittleness.
3. Deep conditioning helps to improve hair lustre and elasticity.
4. Deep conditioning restores hair to its original pH. After washing with a shampoo, the natural hair oils are striped off leaving the hair dry and brittle.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DEEP CONDITION MY HAIR?

On the average deep conditioning should be done weekly especially after washing your hair. If you engage in rigorous exercise and workouts, you may need to wash bi-weekly and follow with a deep conditioning treatment. Doing it more often than necessary leaves the hair frail and over moisturized.
After washing your hair, apply the deep conditioning treatment to your hair in sections of about six or eight depending on its length and volume. Leave it to sit for as long as you desire. In case you use a heat cap, you might want to keep it in for 20 minutes or so but if not, it could be left to stay overnight to ensure enough infusion of moisture into the strands.
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5 Reasons Why You Experience Hair loss

Have you ever had a concern with thinning  hair or excessive shedding?

You must have felt really worried about the root cause of the problem and chances are you are reading this article because you want to know more.

Excessive hair loss is a common challenge with ladies across the world. It gives a lot of concern to victims because many have no idea what really causes it. The appearance of a woman is usually rated by her hair and little wonder why a lot of time and money goes into making it as presentable as possible.

Women of all age groups suffer varying amount of hair thinning  at different periods in their life which may lead to serious concern.

When the thinning involves only a few strands weekly it is considered normal but when large chunks fall into the shower after wash day or styling, it becomes a challenge.

In order to find a solution to this nagging problem, I have outlined a few of the culprits below.

DIET

We are literally what we eat. You can never be healthier than what you put in your body therefore it is important to avoid crash diets or diet that are not balanced.

For hair to grow, the body must have a balanced proportion of nutrients necessary for growth, repair and development. Consuming plenty of vegetables and water while cutting down on caffeine and alcohol would enable you see results in a short while.

Finally, taking in high protein foods as well as vitamins A, E and B has proven to reduce hair loss.

STRESS

Hair loss induced by stress is known as “telogen effluvium” and it is another common cause of hair loss. This occurs by keeping the hair in its resting phase for too long resulting in excessive shedding.

Our lifestyle in today’s world is a stressful one where many people find themselves struggling with financial stress, job related stress, marital stress, illnesses and so on. If you deal with the cause of the stress, you may in turn deal with the effects of stress.

HEREDITY

Male pattern and female pattern hair loss may be hereditary in men and women from age 30 and above. Although it cannot be completely overcome, it can be controlled.

WRONG HAIR MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES

Many women sacrifice the health of their hair for temporary gratification. Tight braids, frequent rigorous combing, blow drying and the use of harsh chemicals weaken the hair strands and lead to hair loss.

Sometimes the hair might recover after a while and many other times, it doesn’t recover. This is the major cause of receding hairlines in women.

HORMONES

Hormones act as system maintenance agents in the body without which the production of male and female gametes would be impossible.

They are responsible for triggering the development of male and female secondary sexual characteristics like growing beards, narrowing hips etc. The hormone responsible for dying out of hair cells is ‘dihydrotestosterone’ DHT.

It is present in both male and females but much more in males then females. It is worthy to note however that hair loss is only one of the effects of DHT in the body.

When the underlying factors causing hair loss are checked, the hair would likely be restored to its flourishing state once again. Furthermore, in order to track your progress it is helpful to keep record of your hair journey.

If your goal is to grow longer hair, pictures can help track volume and density effectively. Regular massages will help bald spots receive adequate supply of blood and nutrients which could spark up new cell formation.

In summary, some major triggers of hair loss are poor diet, stress, heredity, hormonal imbalance and wrong hair practices. An adjustment in any of these areas would help us see considerable growth in the problem areas on our head.

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YOUR HAIR IS YOUR CROWN

Your hair is your CROWN and you should gracefully carry it as such. A Princess will never step out in rags and expect to be treated with honor and reverence. She is marked in the crowd because her elegance speaks for itself. Her smile charms the heart of anyone and she’s got more than beauty to offer.
Have you ever felt like you don’t know your hair? Like it belongs to a stranger and it doesn’t want to stay with you no matter how you tried?
Have you spent time and money to achieve your dream hair length, volume, or density with little or no result? It is definitely an annoying and frustrating to say the least and nobody deserves that torture.
She is Smart, Sweet, Stylish and Super Confident.
That woman is You! Yes you.
We at Princesslizz would show you how to find your beautiful crown. How to make your crown sparkle and do the talking while you simply take the credit. You will no longer feel like a dethroned Queen hiding under another identity. You will come out of hiding and prove beyond reasonable doubt that you can take your place at the table of life.
Your hair is more then a crown, it is your glory. The symbol of dominion resting upon your head. Imagine yourself being so confident that without artificial enhancements, you can climb the stage and wow the audience. I am sure this is exactly why you are on this blog reading every bit of the articles. I promise to make the journey worthwhile everyday as I post content that would be beneficial to you no matter your hair type.
Many more fabulous stuff are being prepared so sit back and enjoy the ride.
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