Tip of the Day: Stimulate your Scalp for Healthy Hair Growth

So I have read several natural black hair books and e-books and many have suggested ways to stimulate your scalp to promote healthy hair growth. In one book they even went so far as to suggest doing some headstands or hanging your head off the bed for 5 minutes each day. At first I was kind of like, 'pshhh yeah right' but then I saw other books recommending similar if not better ways to stimulate your scalp to encourage growth. Many of us might resort to using creams, pills, shampoos that make your scalp tingle, etc to promote hair growth. The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Caresuggests massaging the scalp daily.Natural Woman / Natural Hair: A Hair Journey, Hairstyles and Hairstories From the Front with simple step-by-step instructions on taking care of your natural hairsuggests performing headstands to promote blood circulation to the scalp in order to stimulate hair follicles. Textured Tresses: The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining and Styling Natural Hairrecommends massaging the scalp before bed and using certain essential oils while steaming your hair.



Tip of the Day: Stop Shredding that Hair Shaft - The Beauty of (Bone) Seamless Combs

So as I was finishing up The Science of Black Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, which I am going to review later this week, and I learned about the dangers of combing your hair with those everyday plastic combs you pick up from the around the corner beauty supply.  Did anyone ever notice those 'seams' that outline the teeth and handle of the comb? Well those seams, quite simply, can do damage/shred the hair shaft, especially delicate and fragile african-american/black hair follicles I definitely have about 6 combs in my drawer in the bathroom including a $25 detangler comb - and ALL have these jagged seams! The author, Ms. Davis Sivasothy, and stylists like Diane Da Costa recommend using bone combs or combs that specifically say seamless. The More You Know!

Hair Tip of the Day: Conditioner + Cold Water

A new tip I picked up from Natural Woman / Natural Hair: A Hair Journey, Hairstyles and Hairstories From the Front with simple step-by-step instructions on taking care of your natural hairthat I thought was worth sharing was the recommended regiment of washing natural hair. I have always heard my hair stylist talk about the importance of adding heat while deep conditioning. The science behind it is that heat opens the pores of the hair shaft allowing the nutrients and whatever other replenishing benefits to become absorbed into the hair.

The same goes for a regular shampoo and conditioner treatment except that the temperature of water should change. You should use hot water to open the pores while shampooing and conditioning, but before you wash your conditioner out, use cold water in order to seal in the moisturizing elements of your conditioner. The same is recommended for a deep conditioner.

I have also heard this hot water/cold water regiment applied to washing your face as well. Many people steam their face to open their pores and free their face of toxins built up over time. However the final step of your face washing routine should be rinsing with cold water to seal, close, and shrink those pores. If you check out the The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances, Julie Gabriel gives many great regiments for skin care and recommendations for simple things such as washing your face - try rinsing your face with cold mineral water for one week, you will see quite a difference in the non-residue texture of your skin by day 7.