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[ 5 Jan 2016 | 3 Comments ]

We all know what healthy hair should look like, thick, luscious hair that is so strong it could pull a truck or stop a bullet. But what does damaged hair really look like, is it somebody with a bad case of alopecia or is it dried, fried hair? Or is it the hair on your head? Is it damaged? How do you know if it is damaged or not?
How To Tell:
Lack of Moisture
Your hair feels rough and dry. Roughness is a sign of dryness and damage. Healthy hair is supple …

Featured, Hair Science, Natural Alternatives, Shampoo »

[ 4 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments ]
Soap nuts and Aloe

Castile Soap

Castile soap is not a brand; it is a soap that is made up of vegetable oil and lye instead of animal fat. The lye converts the oil to soap, a process that is called saponification. When the process is finished there is no trace of lye left in it. There are two types of lye used by soapmakers – sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is used to make solid soap; potassium hydroxide is used to make liquid soaps. A combination of the two is used …

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[ 22 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments ]

The more a woman knows and understands her hair the better her hair will look. The more knowledgeable she is about what makes her hair feel right, the more she will grow to love it, or at least that’s my theory. It worked for me; I am hoping that a better understanding of your hair can work for you too.
Understanding black hair is not rocket science but it is hair science and that is something that all black women should be familiar with because no one else will know your …

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[ 19 Sep 2014 | 3 Comments ]

There are several additives, preservatives and otherwise questionable products that are banned from hair and skin products in some countries because they contain chemicals that when tested have proven to be carcinogens, allergens or just plain bad for humans to apply topically.
What is most surprising about the following products is that they can be added to products that are called ‘natural’, the consumer has to be astute these days when shopping for hair, makeup and skin products. Here are ten things to watch out for on your hair, skin and …

Hair Dyes, Hair Lab, Hair Recipes, Hair Science »

[ 18 Mar 2012 | 2 Comments ]

Every week in a newspaper somewhere there is a chilling report about the effects of synthetic dyes on somebody’s body. Recently, there was a story in the Daily Mail about a mother who was left in a coma after using hair dye, the doctor’s warned that even if she survives she will almost certainly be brain damaged. The culprit or should I say, active ingredient in the hair dyes that seems to be causing all the hullaboo is called para-phenylenediamine, or a close chemical variant of para-phenylenediamine (PPD). This ingredient …

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[ 6 Mar 2012 | 15 Comments ]

Even though we tend to focus on our hair and hair growth and maintaining hair, the truth is, the hair scalp is where the action begins. A good understanding of how the scalp works and its role in hair growth and maintenance can save us a world of hurt.
I usually think of the hair scalp like a movie production, when the movie is being made, you have a host of people behind the scenes who get the actors ready to portray a story-line, when the viewer watches the movie they …

Hair Lab, Hair Science, Relaxed Hair »

[ 1 Nov 2011 | 9 Comments ]

It was at the turn of the twentieth century that what we now know as hair relaxers was created and by a small accident, Garrett Augustus Morgan was working in a sewing machine repair shop where he was attempting to invent a new lubricating liquid for the machine needle. He wiped his hands on a wool cloth and when he returned the next day, he found that the cloth was smooth where he had wiped his hand. The lubricating liquid had changed the texture of the wool. Excited by the …

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[ 7 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments ]

I have been meaning to write this article for days but it took me a while I had to do some in depth research for myself and I just had to share with you some of the things I learned. I am in a constant state of marvel these days when I see food products labelled as natural and then I read the label and see that the first ingredients are big words that I can’t even pronounce let alone spell. These big words though pack a wallop in …

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[ 7 Jul 2011 | 5 Comments ]

It is a shame that the ingredients that I am about to name are actually in our hair products. When you think about it,  hair is dead so why make so much fuss about it? But and this is a big one, hair is attached to the head where the bed of the hair is very much alive and is separated from the covering to our brains by just a smidgen of an inch or so. Which means that we should be very aware of what it is that goes …

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[ 1 Jul 2011 | 8 Comments ]

Here are five more ingredients that should give you pause when next you go shopping. I do not want to be an alarmist; I just want you to be aware. I remarked to my mother the other day that people are getting cancer left right and center and there is seemingly no cause for this, even persons who are supposedly eating right and exercising. Is there some part of the equation that we are missing?
I am quite sure that many of the things we place on our bodies and in …