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    This deep conditioner recipe is for growth, moisture and protein. Basically hair needs moisture and protein to survive. Genes, diet, weather are other factors but when it comes to hair care (hair treatment especially), we have to understand the delicate balance of moisture and protein. Too much or too little moisture is bad, so is too little or too much protein is bad for the hair. This deep conditioner recipe is something I came up with to tackle that, and I'm going to be listing their functions so you understand the purpose of each ingredient being in the mix. The great thing about this deep conditioner also is that it makes her soft. The ingredients are onions, honey, banana, coconut oil, milk. Banana is rich in potassium that strengthens hair, minimizes breakage by restoring the hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitates repair of damaged hair. It is good for dry, itchy and flaky hair. It is also a great hair softener. Coconut oil is good for hair loss, damage, dry hair and dandruff. It protects the hair from lice and has high moisture retaining capacity. It also makes the hair soft and gives it the required spf (sun protection factor). Our hair does need protection from the sun. Honey is a natural humectant. Humectants attract moisture. It is also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles. Milk repairs damaged hair, hair loss, dry hair. It contains protein and nutrients that have the ability to strengthen and nourish hair cells; and also softens the hair to provide smooth and shiny hair. It moisturizes the hair and makes the scalp healthy. Onion is good for hair growth especially the edges, and healthy hair. It also good for scalp infections.
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    Why you should follow the rules. I know sometimes you must go through all the blogs here and you see don't do this and don't do that..…. why is all that stuff so important? I mean, why is it a big deal? Can't I just grow my hair in peace and let it grow? The honest truth is no. No, you can't do that. I mean, when you have a baby, you don't just leave the baby to grow. You nurture the baby. Your hair is your baby, and the rules are as important as they sound. Why exactly should you follow the rules? For Good and Healthy Growth: I honestly cannot over emphasize on this. If you ever want your hair looking and feeling healthy, please follow the rules. They are the only true path to this Self Confidence: The honest truth is when your hair is taken care of you would feel absolutely proud of it. It has this extra confidence it gives you; you slay with it and a lot of people will admire it. Protects Your Edges: I have seen someone with lovely hair but terrible edges. Following the rules helps your edges be on point. It helps you have an even and beautiful growth. Longer Hair. This is the ultimate. Your hair would be long. Long and beautiful. That is as straightforward as it should be. So tell me, why risk your hair's happiness just because of a few hours of stress. Help your hair. It'd help you in return. Have an amazing week.
    Part of doing something that is not exactly popular in the larger culture that one is surrounded by is that chips might grow on your shoulder. My first chip was planted a few days after I cut my hair. I went to a barber to clean up the cut, and the barber cut it much lower than I expected. I was initially uncomfortable with it so when I went to work the next day, I felt a tad insecure. And then my trusty co-worker was like, “ahn ahn! Every time your hair is just shorter and shorter! And it looks like it was a carpenter that cut this one sef!” Ah, it burnt me mehn, I can’t lie. But I just formed strong face and was like, “is it your business??? Is it your head??” It didn’t matter what I said though, the seed of that chip had taken root, and it was watered and watered every time someone said, “but why did you cut your hair???” or “you with all this your wahala sef” when I explained my reasons, or “you will soon get tired.” Eventually, the chip grew out of the soil and made its home, big and kakaraka on my shoulder. Maybe you also have chips that have formed because your shoulder because someone was like, “why won’t you do your hair?” when you combed out your Teeny Weeny Afro. Or maybe someone else said “Auntie, this your hair is rough o”, after you spent hours twisting and untwisting it for your first twist-out. Or maybe they laughed at you when you went to work with weaving or didi, and said, “see how you look like a small girl.” I don’t know how the presence of this chip manifests in your life, but in mine, it is very much a source grief and angst about the naturalness of my hair. I unconsciously leave my house every day with a kind of fighting attitude. Sometimes, the attitude is even conscious sef: as I am overloading my hair with the latest cheap leave-in conditioner that I’ve found, and trying (and failing miserably) to carefully run my comb through it with minimum breakage, I’ll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, imagine what other people might see when they see me— an earth mother, a furiously African woman, a hippy— and I feel this vague tinge of frustration that quickly turns into anger. Sometimes I will actually say out loud, as I am combing my hair, BY MYSELF in my room, “well that’s their problem! I refuse to bend myself because people are too lazy to see me clearly!!!!” (Yes, I am a little strange). Needless to say, if somebody actually makes a passing comment about the naturalness of my hair during the day, I am always ready to throw a verbal punch. The whole thing is a mess. [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/08/79a42edf7fc0823eb36ed98d47dddcb2_view.jpg[/img] I think that it’s the presence of this chip, and the itinerant fighting behavior that it sometimes creates that makes people start to say things like, “oh all these women with natural hair, their own is too much.” Like, I get what they see, because me sef I see it in myself. To be honest, I don’t know whether these chips are justified or not. But I don’t think this matters. The fact is, that there are real reasons in the world that they have taken root. In general these reasons are comments that are carelessly thrown about by the people we love or by the strangers that we could love if they would just stop throwing about careless comments about our natural hair. Lol. I guess what I’m trying to say is, if somebody (and that somebody could be you yourself) tells you that you seem to have a chip on your shoulder over this natural hair matter, or if they say “abeg your own is too much,” when you discuss the politics of natural hair, tell them that you know. And actually, the fact that your own is too much, that you have to be fighting, and getting into debates about your hair, that people must comment on it constantly, that you cannot just be with it the way that women who wear their hair differently can be with theirs is only proof that there is something wrong with the way that we relate with natural hair. It is not you that has the problem, it is all of us together.
    [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2017/12/e9f2b900ea47707d0bfb507587c4efd7_view.jpg[/img] There different ways to stretch the hair without heat. However, for me I think the best is African threading for various reasons. 1. Unlike twists, braiding and Co, African threading actually stretches the hair and makes it also similar to a heat stretched hair. 2. When done with local African thread, not wool, it retains moisture of the hair basically sealing everything and keeping it in the same state. 3. Aside from stretching, it can be done in very elaborate ways and can be rocked. 4. It is a way of promoting African culture 5. It makes hair trimming easier because when threading you can't actually thread those unhealthy split ends. 6. It makes the hair really soft to comb or detangle. You have to worry about knots as much as you will if it was any other style. You can do African threading yourself if the sole purpose is to stretch the hair. However for more elaborate styles, you need a stylist. I can't promise a tutorial on it since I don't know how to make it. Stylists in the house, please help out. [img]https://myafrohub.com/PF.Base/file/attachment/2016/11/484b190f5724a9e4f445dc747880c6aa_view.jpg[/img] #AfricanThreading #AfricanismToday
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