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.
Faulty mechanical manipulation, which includes detangling and styling methods and products is the topmost cause of unnecessary hair loss when it comes to natural hair. In the case of detangling, the method used to handle your hair is far more important than any products utilized.
I am not completely against using heat (I use indirect heat…plastic cap under a hooded dryer to deep condition), however I think it’s a good idea to minimize exposure where possible. Enter curlformers. Curlformers are perfect solution to both stretching the hair (always recommended) and stunning curls without using heat.
It’s been a year since my second big chop (see detailed video here) and much has changed. While length is the most obvious difference, I have also become absolutely comfortable with my hair in its various states.
Hi everyone! I hope summer/winter has been great for you! I apologize for abandoning the hive but it was a much needed break to visit family in Nairobi. I’m back now with lots of fresh new content and a whole new journey to growing this TWA.
The pH of products we use in natural hair care play a critical role that could either facilitate or hinder natural hair growth. In order to select products that work well with the hair, it’s important to understand the role that pH plays in product formulation.
In this week’s mud mix I swapped my mixing medium from herbal tea to coconut milk. Packed with all three main micronutrients; fat, carbohydrate and protein, coconut milk in my opinion is a superfood. Compared to cow’s milk at 4%,