Flax seeds, slippery elm and marshmallow root all contain polysaccharides, which are essentially sugars. When these plants come in contact with water the polysaccharides are released, creating a slippery mucilage semi-liquid. Polysaccharides are highly emollient, which means when they are applied to the skin or hair they are super hydrating and moisturizing.
Given that once the hair pops out of the hair follicle it’s actually dead, our strands are forever dependent on manual nourishment. For natural hair the disulphide bonds are still intact, which means the strand is much stronger compared to chemically straightened hair.
On an average, the scalp is estimated to contain between 100,000 – 200,000 individual strands, of which 100 to 150 are lost daily as part of the normal hair cycle and it occurs after mechanical manipulation like washing, detangling or styling hair.
When it comes to skincare, I find the easier the better. Apple cider vinegar is definitely one of my quintessential must-haves in my arsenal of DIY skin care. Apple cider vinegar is made from fermenting apples. Bacteria and yeast break down the sugars in the apples into alcohol,
This three ingredient homemade deep conditioner is the ultimate product. You get a detangler, a softener and a gentle cleanser. At pH 5.5, yogurt is naturally optimized for hair care plus it is choke full of saturated fats, proteins and vitamins,
As the quintessential butter of the natural hair community, it makes sense that people keep finding new ways of incorporating Shea butter into different recipes for hair and skin. My go-to sealant in the winter has always been a whipped mixture of Shea butter and a liquid oil.