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all about shea butter

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Yes it’s finally time for a did you section…this is the first of many did you knows…Well Shea Butter..I’m sure a lot of you have heard of it, or even use it!

Down to the knitty gritty:

Shea Butter is a product exclusive to West Africa and some parts of Central Africa. It’s found from the Karite Tree along the West Coast. Many local villages make the shea butter and even oil using old handmade methods. The most famous of such places is Ghana, Cameroon, Central African Republic to name a few.

It is a known anti-inflammatory agent and has many great uses for cosmetics to medicinal purposes.

Some of the uses includes:

  1. Scar Fading
  2. Eczema
  3. Acne
  4. Dry Skin
  5. Rashes
  6. Blemishes
  7. Dark Spots
  8. Chapped Lips
  9. Stretch Marks
  10. Wrinkles
  11. A Natural UV-Protectant
  12. For Arthritis symptoms

These are many of the uses but don’t forget the one that makes it the super pick for us with natural hair:

  1. Moisturizer for the hair!!—it does wonders!!

Now, I know a lot of African’s time and time again who swear by this product (in it’s raw state, not the refined version), that it’s a miracle product and works wonders for their skin and for the hair as well..What’s not love?

~Hope you enjoyed

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black soap wonders

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Well here it is, another Did you know…this time it’s traditional African Black Soap also called Alata Samina…Now after doing a lot of reading I am understanding the only true traditional form of black soap is that which is a bar and is in an organic shape with its color being dark brown and not black! The soap is usually made of plantain leaves (and to think how we Jamaicans use plantains for so many medicinal uses, now I know why!) which is high in Vitamin E and F..It also has vitamin A and alot of other good nutrients. They mix this with other natural products such as coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and some others. It’s amazing the many uses of this product. Before shampoo came into being, black soap was used by Africans to cleanse the hair and the skin. Since it is natural it does not irritate the hair follicles nor the skin.

Some of the uses of Black Soap includes:

  1. Face Soap
  2. Shampoo
  3. For Acne to help remove bumps and blotches and spots
  4. To help reverse damage done to skin such as burns, blemishes to name a few
I found it interesting when I first looking for black soaps, the irony that the real soap is not BLACK..lol it’s brown, and I thought that was pretty cool. My point is, I researched and I realize if you want good skin and good hair as according to the jargon we use, then guess what, nature is where it’s at..It gets no purer than that! Start from what God himself has created and you cannot go wrong. So I will be getting my first real black soap in a few days, because mind you I was fooled and have tried the fake kinds where it has been manufactured and dyed black, but I am ready to experience the real deal..Stay tuned for more D.Y.K.

~Hope you enjoyed

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taking care of those ends!

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Yes I know many a people who say that you MUST trim your ends and you must cut it like every 3 weeks or something,..but truth be told the average person does not have time to cut it every 3 weeks nor do they need to..I have not clipped my ends once since being natural and my ends are perfectly healthy….What I’ve learn’t is that what you need is to take special care of the ends. Apply moisture to them..treat them with extra TLC. By this I mean you need to make sure that when you moisturize your hair you are applying it to the very ends as well and that you seal the moisture in with something like castor oil.

All that said I plan one day to clip the ends just to have it all even..my hair grows unevenly so maybe by clipping that will help. Other than that I feel that if you care for you hair it will not rebel.. Follow what it tells you and you’ll be fine. Happy Hair Growing :)

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hair basics: what you should know!

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Okay First things first, these are what everyone should know, and should always remember…the Hair Fundamentals:

First and foremost, since I am Christian, I believe and know that everything is a success with God, so therefore that is ultimately the basic fundamental…

  1. Napptural hair is different than every other hair kind. It is formed different and reacts differently than other hair kinds to products and processes.
  2. Our hair is versatile! Don’t let anyone tell you anything different. Don’t fall short to that lie “oh you a nappy headed girl, you can’t grow your hair, you can’t style it” That’s a fallacy and in my opinion a big abomination..lol
  3. Each and everyone’s hair is unique to them and them alone. In other words, don’t compare yourself and your hair to other’s hair. They have theirs and you have yours. It was specially made for you and you are the only person that can compliment it successfully.
  4. Love your hair!! I can’t stress this enough! If you don’t love your hair what makes you think others will? This principle is applicable everywhere in life..If you don’t care, why should I?…sounds familiar? Well yes, if you don’t love it, trust me not more than 5% of others will…When you love yourself, and when you love your hair it shows..and that causes others to love you and your hair because of your own love..Try it!
  5. Don’t compromise! If you decided to do this I’m sure you did for a good reason. I’m sure you decided to go natural because you realized you can’t fit into that quota any longer. Or maybe you’ve been natural forever, and you just realized you needed a way to make your hair more fantabulous. Well then don’t compromise, stick to your commitment and goals that you’ve set, you will be rewarded in due time.
  6. Patience is virtue…yes that annoying saying is also applicable here. If you don’t have patience, cultivate it! You need it to survive a journey, and this my friends is a journey of nappturality, nappturous beauty, a journey of finding you-naturally. It will take time to get what you want, and be satisfied, but in the end isn’t it worth it?
  7. STOP stressing! I mean, if you’re going to stress then what’s the point of wanting results (good results)? All you’ll do is make your hair fall out, your body become tired and achy and you just begin to change…who wants that? Now a little stress is good, it keeps those kickers in our bodies going. But a lot of stress is detrimental, no one needs that.
  8. Drink a lot of water..water is your friend and can be found virtually almost everywhere..so if you have it around you..drink up!
  9. Water is your friend! Ha I know you’re thinking didn’t she just say that? But this deserves two spots on this list…Water for wetting your hair is also great..Don’t over do it, but damping the hair daily gives it that extra kick it needs.
  10. Healthy lifestyle…Believe it or not this plays a vital role. You don’t eat healthy and it will show from head to toe. You need to begin to eat healthy if you haven’t already. Get enough sleep and exercise..Get that blood pumping through your veins, get your energy levels up with the boost from a nutritious diet.

For more tips, please be sure to check out Naturals 101 page and also view the many categories on HairCare on the blog.

~Enjoy

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washing your hair

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How to Wash Afroniquely Hair

Washing nappy/afro textured hair is not the same as washing permed hair or straight hair or Caucasian hair. The methods we have to implement are very different. While a permed headed person hair is most fragile in it’s wet state, for us it’s the dry state. Out hair is like a sponge, the more water the better.

When washing your hair, you have two options. To do a traditional shampoo wash, or to do a nappturals fave: Co-Wash. I’ll explain both methods and their uses and pros/con.

Shampoo Washing:

I know every last one of us have experienced this some time or the other. Well for us as nappturals, it is better to not wash the hair with shampoo as most shampoos strip the hair of it’s oils and it’s proteins in the hair follicles. Now if you do choose to shampoo be sure to stay away from a shampoo that contains the following in its ingredients:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Dimethicones

these are essentially very bad products that strip the hair of every last oil and protein it has…When choosing a shampoo I highly recommend you use one that is organic, or all natural or does not contain those ingredients. Also note the only time you need to do a shampoo wash is when you want to clarify..why? Well the alternative co-washing (discussed below) cleans the hair just as well as a shampoo but does it more gently. When you use your shampoo, use it because you have real product build up from day to day use of a styling product.

Co-Washing

This is my personal favorite way to wash my hair! Its great…softness and cleanliness in one step..For this make sure to use a moisturizing conditioner..I can’t say which is the best because there are many and since everyone’s hair is different, it’s up to you to decide for sure. However the benefits of using this method is that, it is much less stressful on the hair, it does the job and it really saves money..

How to wash the hair

Regardless of which method you choose, you will need to apply the same basic concept..Separate your hair into anywhere from 6 sections to 16 sections. If you chose to shampoo, only apply it to the scalp, make sure you avoid your ends and only focus on the scalp! If you chose to co-wash then you could go right ahead and apply to the scalp and not worry too much if it gets on the ends as since it’s a conditioner it will moisturize.

Now that you have applied the cleaning agent, gently massage the scalp ensuring its clean. Next rinse section by section. I tend to detangle while the conditioner is in, because this makes it easier for the next step. After you have rinsed, apply a good conditioner to you hair again in those sections and let sit for about 15 to 30 mins under a shower cap. After the time slot is up, remove the shower cap and detangle section by section. Rinse once more in the sections..Then style as you normally would…Or for even more hair protection:

After the washing, cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag..Then section by section comb it. I usually do this, apply my oils (castor/olive or jojoba) to my hair, some infusium 23 leave in (not a lot), and then my Cantu Shea butter (like a dime size or smaller), comb out, then style. The reason I use the bag/cap is to keep those areas moist while I am not tending to them. Try it out and tell me what you think.

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f.a.q.: products

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A frequently asked question I get from my nappturous friends are where do I buy stuff? What do I use? How do I do that? This post is the first of many F.A.Q. posts to come:

Products

Where to buy products…well this all depends on your preference. It can be done online (see some of the suggested stores in the links section), or can be bought from a Beauty Supply Store (BSS), or through the Health Food Stores (HFS), or of-course you can make your own (HMC-home made concoction).

For many depending on where you live, online is easy, as everyone these days carry what you will be looking for. A typical beauty supply store (not limited to a definite beauty supply store) carries a lot of options but can often be limited. The Health food stores usually have most of what you need if you plan to make a HMC, but it can get pricey.

What products should I buy?

Again this is totally up to you. Some people including myself rather to use all natural products when I can. However brand products are easy to get. If you choose to get a brand product the following are brands I recommend:

Mostly Chemical but not damaging:

  • KeraCare
  • Organic Root Stimulator
  • Mane and Tail
  • Creme of Nature

Natural

  • Organix
  • Blended Beauty
  • Kinky-Curly
  • Dudu-Osun
  • Curlz
  • Sizta2Sizta

Al of the above brands are very good..however as you can see some are more natural than others.

How do you use your products? Well typically most naturals co-wash their hair. It does not stress the hair as much as would shampoo washing…see more for this under techniques.

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Welcome to AfroQueenShae’s Natural Hair Story

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Welcome to a website dedicated to you and your natural hair..Embracing one’s true self is hard in this world, but here at AfroQueenShae’s HairDiary it’s my belief that the best you is the natural you!

This is dedicated to all Afro Textured Hair women and men out there. If you’re natural, and you know it, then welcome and enjoy it.

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