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Brenda Hair

I am a health and hair fanatic. So I decided to turn my hobby into a learning experience. I have been stopped on the streets several times and asked, “is that your real hair?” my answer is of course, “yes”. Then the subsequent question is, “what on earth do you put in it?”

I am usually stomped for an answer because it is not as simple as what I put in it; having healthy long relaxed hair is not just about what goes on the hair but what goes in the body, your hair regimen and of course genetics. So, this is my attempt to answer those questions I am asked every day about my hair and also to help others to start their healthy hair journey.

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  • Sheree Heaven said:

    Hi Brenda, I love what you are doing here, I am going to try that apple cider shampoo recipe but I am puzzled…do you wet the scalp with the apple cider and water before applying the tuna? Im not seeing where you mention that. I love lavender, where can you get it?

    • Brenda said:

      Hi Sher,

      Thank you for stopping by. Wet hair thoroughly with water, rub the tuna in hair and then wash with apple cider vinegar mix. Finish off with lavender water. I will have to adjust the recipe so it is clearly stated. You can get lavender oil at health specialty stores, it is great for your hair but also for so many other things.

  • Sam said:

    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks for this great website! I love it and I believe it is going to do wonders for my hair. I’ve started using more natural products and following some of your hair recipes. One problem I have with my hair is breakage. I’ve only been doing it for three weeks & I was wondering if you knew how long it usually takes to see less hair breakage. My hair has been the same length for years and I would love to finally see it longer and thicker. I’m not sure if I’m doing something wrong or if it just hasn’t been a long enough period of time yet. Thanks!

    • Brenda said:

      Hi Sam,

      There are several reasons why the hair will break and its not just about what you put in the hair. For some people hair repair is almost instant once the source of breakage is discontinued. I would suggest that you eliminate every thing from your hair regimen that could be causing breakage (heat, shampooing with products that drys out hair etc.) and then carefully observe the progress of your breakage. Check out this article Shedding Hair- Causes.

  • Belle said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I really love this site, thank you for all the informative articles. Ever since I began my hair journey, I barely ever do anything with my hair without first consulting Blackhair101.com!

    I’d like to share a lot of what I learn about black hair care with my mom, but she’s pretty old fashioned and sceptical about stuff she reads “on the internet” (lol). Are there any books on black hair care that you recommend for me to help share all this great knowledge and information with her?

    Thanks so much 🙂

    • Brenda said:

      Hi Belle,
      You are most welcome. There are quite a few books on black hair on the market these days, here’s a link to a whole slew of them, you can read the reviews and see which ones you would recommend to your mom. Black Hair Books<img src="https://www.assoc-amazon.com

  • CELIA said:

    HELP….HELP….HELP!
    Where do I find your shea butter and mango butter, and what type? I have seen so many shea butter product, but don’t know which one to get? I need moisture badly!!!

    Thank you. Do you do phone consults? Celia 951-294-0781

  • tom said:

    what oil is better for growing mens hair as well as fixing thinning hair? rosemary, peppermint, lavender or sweet almond oil, or all three?

  • Stephanie said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I recently shaved my head to remove the chemicals. A combination of health issues and allergies inspired me to embrace a more organic lifestyle (from hair care to food). No half stepping, basically 🙂

    There are many things I’ve learned over the years about what is in our food and personal care products that has led me to this place of completely taking control of my total health and self as result. While there are many sites dedicated to Natural Hair Care, I count yours as one of my go to resources. I’ve only been here for a day, but have read almost everything you’ve printed. What I am most impressed with is that there is no product here for me to buy, that you have given so freely of yourself in what you share, that you do not spout out a list of commercial products for me to invest in and that your resource information is phenomenal. While there are quite a few inspirational reasons for my bookmarking your site, foremost I’d like to thank you for sharing your kniowledge and your recipes with the masses! As with the exception of using a few purely organic small business commercial shampoos, conditioners and deodorants (without sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, silicons, aliminums, etc.)… I am in the process of compiling a few resources for myself as I prepare for a healthier life. My journey is a bit more than healthier hair and body, but moreso about living a more authentically healthy life. In seeking balance, less is indeed more.

    At any rate, I just want to say thank you for helping me to maintain my calm and focus in a positive way with this site. 🙂

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you for your note. I admire your attitude toward health and balance. I wish you all the best in your healthy journey.

  • KIM said:

    Hi Ms. Brenda Barrett

    My name is kim and i am an african american. i am 25 yrs of age and i am having such bad hair problems. i am looking to get natural realxed hair the best way that i can. i relax my hair atleast ever 2-3 months (i know this is bad) i wash my hair every 3 wks (again i no this is bad) i have very bad dry scalp and i must admit i do not take care of my hair at all. but i need to start fresh. but at the same time i have very sensitive skin & scalp..i am starting to get discourage 🙂 i once had beautiful long hair and ow i have neck length hair that is beyong damaged. please help me or point me in the right direction with simple steps on how to start off slowly and naturally.
    thank you
    Kim

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Kim
      Your note made me smile, no need to get discouraged. As you said small steps will allow you to get back on the right track. You can start with this regimen, http://blackhair101.com/hair-care/typical-hair-regimen-for-breaking-hair. Remember that the suggestions are general, you don’t have to go out of your way to find products that are too expensive or out of your area, use those that you can find your local area, just be consistent with your regimen and after a while you’ll find yourself doing it naturally. All the best Kim and cheer up.

  • Ida Sey said:

    Hey! I just wanted to ask what you would recommend for my hair, as i’m half black and half white and my hair is a curly combination of the two! What do you think my hair regimen should look like, and how often should i wash my hair? My hair can get really dry, but if i dont wash it enough, it gets too oily (and also if i use too many black hair products). I also am trying to grow my hair really long, just like Madison Pettis,but it seems to grow really slowly. I try my best to look after it, and i recently had to cut a couple of inches off to get rid of split ends, and i feel like it will never grow how i want it to,so help!

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Ida Sey,

      Try washing it every other day, deep condition it (with a protein/moisture balanced conditioner) once per week, perhaps when you have the time to allow the conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft . Don’t use direct heat too often and comb it with a wide-tooth comb gently (no yanking). Avoid brushing with hard brushes. Since you want your hair to grow long, you have to think of retaining your six inches for the hair. maybe allowing for an inch or two to be cut to avoid split ends you should be at your goal in no time. All the best.

  • Michelle said:

    Where can I buy natural butters and oils online and in stores

  • J Thomas said:

    Hi Brenda. I have serious breakage in the middle part of my hair. It is relaxed and I tend to relax my hair every 8 weeks. Is this most likely the cause? I use to wash my hair every 2 weeks but now once a week for maybe the past 2 months. I also use lavendar and extra olive oil for my hot oil treatment . I’m not sure whether there’s been any improvement, I tried the banana condition/relax and it didn’t make a difference to my hair. I also have mild alopaecia A. Please can you offer me some advice and approximately how long till I notice results . Thank you

  • J Thomas said:

    Hello Brenda. Sorry one more thing, my hair is pretty light as it is , but I struggle when the regrowth hits. what is the alternative to relaxing it without going natural. I’m in Japan so I’m limited and have my products shipped to me from the UK.

  • Angel said:

    Hi Brenda,
    Its such a small world, for the past several months I’ve been reading your books off my kindle, downloading several of them off Amazon. I love your books and then I realized this site is owned by the same author I’ve been reading books from. Love your books and this blog!!!

  • RACHEL P. said:

    I AM 100% NATURAL. I HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH A PERM AND MY HAIR IS THIN IN SPOTS. MY HAIR ALWAYS GREW AT A FAST RATE, BUT NOT NOW. I DID THE BIG CHOP (TWA) AND MY HAIR IS ABOUT 1″ – 1 1/2″ LONG. I CO-WASH DAILY, ADD A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER, AND OILS. BUT, I NEED A MOISTURIZER, CURL CREME, OR GEL TO DEFINE MY NATRUAL CURL PATTERN. I USE LUSTER’S “S-CURL” ACTIVATIOR MOISTURIZER OR WAVE NOUVEAU MOISTURIZING LOTION, BUT MY CURL PATTERN IS NOT DEFINED. ECO STYLER GELS LEAVES MY HAIR HARD, HARD, HARD. I HAVE TYPE 4A-B-C (LOL) HAIR!! CAN YOU HELP ME, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE. I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP MY HAIR REGIMEN AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE. THANKS!!!!

  • Nikki said:

    Hi I am opening a Healthy Hair Salon. I purchase some shampoo and conditioner base I want to add honey, aloe vera, etc all natural product to put on my clients hair. Must I get this FDA approved first or since they are all natural it will be fine. Please answer my business partner and I are having a huge disagreement on this matter

    Thank you….Nikki

  • Tdotchic said:

    Hello, I need your advice, I poured undiluted ACV directly on my hair when I was washing it and noticed it shrunk when I was rinsing it out also it feels hard and dry. My hair is permed. Right now it has undergrowth.
    I’m worried cause I don’t know if I have destroyed my hair and what I should do next.

  • Arlande said:

    I’m all confused! I’m trying to prevent my hair from breaking due to dryness. I read your article on oils vs moisturizers and thought I was great but still need clarification. So, after rinsing out my conditioner I should apply my water based moisturizer, dry my hair, then apply the coconut oil to seal? Or do I apply both to my hair while it’s wet then dry?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Arlande,

      After Rinsing out your conditioner, you apply water based moisturizer and then seal with your oil. In that order. You do not wait until your hair is dry.

  • Alexandra said:

    Hi Brenda,

    In a few days I will be getting my first relaxer. I have been natural my whole life and I am more than ready for a change. I am nervous about the possibility of breakage with relaxed hair and was wondering if you had any tips in terms of prevention. Similarily, do you have any suggestions for which products I should purchase for my hair regimen and any tips in regards to maintaing long healthy relaxed hair as well as protecting my new growth.

  • Denysha said:

    Do you have any experience with African threading relaxed hair? Are there any threaded styles you can recommend?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Denysha,
      I have no experience with it at all. I hear that naturals use it to stretch their hair. I have never heard of it being used on hair that is relaxed.

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