6 Steps To Seeing Longer Natural Hair

Let me first start off by admitting something to you. When I first started my natural hair journey,  I was so excited to see other naturalistas out there with long natural hair and I just couldn’t wait to get to that point. I was constantly checking my hair length hoping to see some serious growth. When my hair wasn’t growing as fast as many of the natural hair women I watched on Youtube ,I was getting down on myself and thought that it wasn’t in the cards for my hair to grow. RoyalTeeZone Natural Hair

It wasn’t until I decided to stop focusing on the length aspect of my hair and started focusing on the beauty of my own hair and getting to know my hair type and texture. What products my hair likes and what I need to do to maintain the health of my hair, which in turn would lead to growth.

I also started doing more protective styles. One my go to protective style methods is wearing wigs.  I protect my edges by keeping them moisturized while wearing wigs. There are so many types and styles to choose from. Oh,  and let me tell you, on days I don’t have time, having one of my sexy wigs at my disposal, is a life saver. Why? My hair type which is 4b/4c is very delicate and I need to be gentle and caring with my hair  to avoid excessive breakage, split ends, and damage. So on days I’m in a rush…..you get the point.

Speaking of NOT TO DO! You know there should be the number one “DO NOT DO” in the natural hair journey hair book. That number one rule is Don’t Compare Your Hair To Other Naturals. Every person is different and so is the natural hair journey for each individual.  It’s certainly ok to get ideas, tips and tricks from others in natural hair community. We all do it. That’s what makes our community wonderful and has helped so many naturals achieve the health and manageability they desire.

Just know that at the end of the day what might work for other natural haired girls with your textured hair, doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for you.

So here are Six Steps For You To See Longer Natural Hair:

1. Stop focusing on length and focus on health. Do a length check every 3 to 4 months if you’re really going to focus on the length of your hair.

 

2. Know and understand your hair type.

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  • What products works best in your hair
  • Sticking with what works for you, instead of being a product junkie.

 

3. Depending on your hair type it might be best to wear protective styles instead of constantly wearing your hair out. The natural elements like the sun or the humidity can cause your hair to break or split and become extremely dry.

 

4. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Can’t emphasize this enough. ( A spray bottle with water works wonders)

 

 

5. Massage your scalp. This helps to get the blood flow and scalp circulation going which in turn can help in aiding in hair growth.

 

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Silky Shea Butter Souffle

My Homemade Silky Shea Butter Souffle for 4b/4c type hair

 

6. Depending on your texture and thickness of your hair, make sure your doing a deep conditioner either every other week or once a month.  If your an active person that enjoys outdoor activities and working out like me….doing a deep conditioner every other week is very helpful.

 

 

Finally realize that our hair takes a long time to grow.There are MANY naturals that cannot retain 100% of their growth. . There are a small proportion of women who can keep all their growth but I feel that it is more reasonable to expect between 3-5 inches per year with a regular trimming or dusting routine. If your hair is susceptible to split ends, then cutting them off will impact retention but provided at the end of 6 months to a year you’ve  kept some length, do not be disheartened. 

I hope this helps and please share with me in the comments below your thoughts and perhaps some tips and advice for the rest of us within the curlfriend community!  XoXo – Tee

 

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Product Review: Carol’s Daughter – ‘Hair Milk’- Refresher Spray

Hey Curlfriends,

During those hot summer months Summertime Moisture is SO important in maintaining healthy natural hair. I found this product by Carol’s Daughter that I’ve been using for a little over a month and it’s been a great help.  Have you used this before if so. Leave a comment on the video and share your thoughts with the rest of the curlfriends.

Watch and Share. If you’ve used this before leave a comment on the video and share your experience with the rest of our curlfriends.

 

Coconut Deep Conditioner (for Protein Sensitive Hair)

Ever try using a protein rich conditioner, but instead of your hair feeling stronger and moisturized, it feels brittle, a bit dry,  or easily breaks. Most likely your hair is a protein sensitive.

This Coconut Deep Conditioner is great for protein sensitive hair. It can also used for Bananas and Coconut Milk have low amounts of protein and they are great for adding moisture and shine.

Now some naturals that are protein sensitive enjoy using this treatment, but everyone’s hair is different. I would suggest testing a small patch on your hair to see how this  conditioner works in your hair.

I’ve used this coconut deep conditioner in my hair several times and my hair is left moisturized and  shiny.

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1/2 can Coconut Milk

1 cup Aloe Vera Juice

2 Tbsp  Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Argan Oil (Optional)

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a microwave safe dish. Heat to just warm. On wet hair apply the mixture covering all your strands.  Leave on for 30-40 minutes.  Then rinse.

****If your hair is sensitive to coconut milk or oil then replace the coconut milk with goat milk. Goat Milk contains natural Lactic Acid, which also contributes to a stabilized, gentle PH level. The PH levels of goat milk may promote healthy hair,  by enabling the composition of proteins that penetrates the scalp and  soothes the follicle. Long-term application may significantly improve hair softness and moisture. 

Give it a try and in the comment section below give this conditioner a rate and review

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Benefits of Using Goat Milk in the Hair

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Goat Milk is a great an amazing source of calcium, protein, phosphorous, vitamin B2 and potassium .Compared to cow’s milk, it’s lower in fat. It has a high absorption of minerals like iron and copper and its usefulness in alleviating a number of health issues.

So why is goat milk good for the hair? Goat milk is a great product to help combat dry damaged hair.

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So below are the benefits of Goat Milk  in the Hair:

  • Leaves hair soft and Manageable
  • Repairs Damaged Hair
  • Good for dry scalp and helps with dandruff
  • Leaves your scalp healthy and helps in preventing dryness

How I’ve Use Goat Milk For My 4b/4c Hair

You can find goat milk at your supermarket or Whole Foods. If you can’t find it in liquid form you can certainly look for the powdered version as well.

I’ve been adding  Goat milk to my conditioner treatments, my deep conditioner treatments, and I have a small bottle I keep in the refrigerator of 1 part goat milk to 3 parts water. Once, sometimes twice a week, I’ll use my goat milk water mixture as my moisturizer, followed by my leave in conditioner, sealing it with coconut oil.

You can  add this to your  shampoos as well. Goat milk is certainly good for your skin as well so you can add it to  your shea  or cocoa butter preparations for hair and skin too.

Results After Adding Goat Milk To My Regimen:

My hair feels softer than usual. I feel it helps in keeping moisture in my hair longer. I could go a full day of wearing my twist out and by the end of the day, my hair still feels soft and moisturized. That’s not the case of heavy workout at the gym days.

Definitely less breakage and shedding. Feels stronger and looks so much shinier.

I will be keeping Goat Milk in my hair regimen. I’m going to be mixing goat milk into my shea butter that I use on my body and after a month or so I’ll let you know the results I find of using this on my skin.

If you’ve used goat milk before for either hair or skin or both. Please share your experience in the comments below! 

Sealing In The Moisture: Oils Curly Girls Must Have

Hey Curlfriends,

We curly girls know how important it is for us to make sure our hair is and stays moisturized. If not, our hair can become dry and prone to breakage.  A HUGE no no! The best sealant you can use to lock in the moisture is a natural oil. I find this to be true at least for my hair type, which is 4b/4c.

Below are a list of Oils that I use in my hair

Olive Oil 

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

First on my list of favourite oils is olive oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil knows how to WORK the wonders in my hair.

  • Olive oil works great as a hot oil treatment.
  • It’s a really good cheap oil for sealing in moisture.
  • Protects the keratin in hair which increases shine and strength.
  • It penetrates the hair strands by 25% with moisture.

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is a little heavier. Certainly heavier than coconut oil and olive oil. I add this into my homemade “Silky Shea Butter Soufflé” and in my “Super Hydrating Deep Conditioner Recipe” Helps tremendously with moisture retention over the winter months.

Some great benefits as to why I add avocado oil

  • It contains Vitamins A and D, protein, magnesium and amino acids. These are all essential for hair health, strength and growth.
  • It makes for a great deep treatment when mixed with your favourite conditioner.

Jojoba Oil 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil

I’ve been using this oil in my Silky Shea Butter soufflé recipe. Since jojoba is readily accepted by the scalp and doesn’t mess with the scalps natural balance, I use it to I’ve also started using it if I quickly need to smooth my hair down, if my coconut oil is still hardened because of the cold air temperature. I adore the sweet smell of it. Reasons to love it include:

  • Jojoba oil seals in moisture.
  • It increases hair strength from inside out.
  • It adds amazing shine to the hair.
  • It smooths the cuticles and promotes hair growth.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

I simply love coconut oil,  and works great as a sealant  for my hair. I use it to seal in the moisture, as well as to deep condition. I do prefer Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

I use it as an after shower moisturizer ( add to a spray bottle with a few drops of ylang ylang essential oil). Works great and doesn’t leave my skin nor my looking and feeling greasy.

More Coconut Oil added benefits….

  • Using coconut oil on the hair and scalp can promote hair growth, reduce breakage and strengthen the hair shaft.
  • It contains saturated fatty acids and Vitamin E which is great for the hair.
  • It adds amazing shine to the hair.
  • It can improve a dry scalp, and hair loss.
  • It’s light and non-greasy, and can actually penetrate the hair shaft.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil

Castor Oil

Being very active, from exercising to outdoor activities, the elements can cause excessive drying to my hair and scalp., I use a mixture of olive oil and castor oil and my oil rinse after I my shampoo and conditioning treatment.

  • Rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
  • Provides the minerals needed for strong hair growth.
  • Helps in treating split ends.
  • Tons of moisture.
  • Fights the outdoor elements by coating the hair.

These are just a few of the oils that I currently use and that work well with my hair texture and curl pattern. I would say, if you are trying to decide on an oil to include in your regime, consider the following:

HAIR TIP:

Check your nails. Hanging nails will damage hair. Always make sure your nails are smooth and even before hair styling

Things to Think About: 

If you have very  thick or tightly coiled (4b/4c) hair, your strands might benefit more from a heavier oil, such as avocado or castor oil. Or if you have looser curls, Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil might just do the trick.

Cost – Some oils can be quite expensive, yet still give you the same benefits as others. You just have to find the right affordable alternatives.

Remember your hair is your hair. You just have to experiment and figure out what works for you.

The bottom line is to enjoy the process of learning your hair and being natural.

So which oil do you use to seal in moisture, and how is it working for you?

NATURAL HAIR HARD TRUTH: LENGTH vs. HEALTH

Hey Curlfriends,

With so many naturals on YouTube with long hair, and of course, the major companies, milking the natural hair emergence, constantly advertising and showing long hair naturals, it’s no wonder the focus for many naturals is length.

When I first started my natural hair journey, I was all about the length and that was my focus. What products should I use, styles I should wear, and so on. When my hair wasn’t growing as fast as I thought it should, I became frustrated and a couple of times though about just going back to a relaxer and calling it a day. That the natural hair journey wasn’t for me.

Then I realized I was looking at this the wrong way. Yes, I wanted natural long hair but, I should be more concerned and focused on the health of my hair. Believe me, your hair will grow. Just accept what your hair has in store for you as long as you’re taking care of it and keeping it healthy.

Naturally us!! XoXo

Naturally us!! XoXo

Wanting to obtain longer natural hair is a great way to motivate your natural hair journey. It shouldn’t be THE top motivational factor in your natural hair journey. Having healthy hair and understanding how to maintain healthy natural hair, in my opinion, should be the most important.

I want you to think about it like this….

When someone is on the road to losing weight, the healthy way, they change their daily eating habits. They exercise. Everyday is one step at a time. Their focus is being healthy. By them focusing on changing their eating and exercise habits, they will lose weight. We know, not everyones body type or shape is the same, therefore, the results of one person losing weight will not be the results of another person losing weight.

This is the same with your hair.

DETANGLING TIP:  

Finger detangling on 4b/4c hair is a great way to lessen the breakage and shedding, and helps to preserve healthier hair strands.

Your genetics are YOUR genetics. You can’t change that. So embrace what your natural hair journey has in store for you. Focus on the health and condition of your natural tresses. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.

FYI – I watch so many of my natural “Curlfriends” videos on YouTube to learn what works, what doesn’t work, techniques and overall to support and embrace the change. We CURLY GIRLS are making a statement to the world. That it’s ok to BE NATURAL. That wearing your natural hair out in publicis BEAUTIFUL, and that BEAUTY IS what you make it.

 

Happy HEALTHY Hair Journey

Your Curlfriend,

XoXo – Tee

No Make Up! No Filter! Beauty is Confidence. Beauty IS......!!! -XoXo - Tee

No Make Up! No Filter! Beauty is Confidence. Beauty IS……!!! -XoXo – Tee

Beauty Is Natural! XoXo -Tee

Beauty Is Natural! XoXo -Tee

 

QUESTION:

What are some of your natural hair tips? Share and Tell with us in the comment section below!

Super Hydrating Deep Conditioner (Less Shedding and Breakage)

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In the winter months the cold weather can be very harsh on my hair. Anyone’s hair for that matter.

I do like to wear my hair out (Twist-Outs, High Buns, Braid-Outs, Braid-N-Twist Outs, Bantu Knot Outs, Curlformer Curls) so making sure my hair stays healthy and hydrated is very important. Especially, if you don’t want excess breakage, shedding, or frizzing.

I  deep condition my hair during the winter month’s, every two weeks. Sometimes weekly. It depends on my activity for the week. Currently, I’m working out at the gym every day. So I tend to Co-Wash once a week.

Having 4b/4c textured hair I have to make sure I’m gentle with my hair and because of my tight curl pattern it’s important to make sure your ends are moisturized and cared for.

Let me just tell you, I’ve struck 4 type HAIR GOLD.

I wanted to share this recipe with you for a little while now but I wanted to experiment with it first.

I’ve been hearing and reading on the internet, articles, and from other naturals, how well goat milk works in the hair. That seemed to come from 3-4a hair textured naturals. So it never occurred for me to try using goat milk.

So, needless to say, I decided to look a little further into goat milk and it’s many benefits.

Goat Milk Benefits for Hair:

  • Leave scalp healthy and help in preventing dryness
  • Helps with dandruff
  • Leaves Hair Soft and Manageable
  • Helps to repair damaged hair
  • Works well when added to your other moisturizing hair products
  • Good to use in shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners, in your hair moisturizers

Over the past 4 months, I’ve been using my deep conditioning recipe, and I added one interesting, yet moisturizing, ingredient to it, Goat Milk, and, O to the M to the Goat Milk…….not only was my hair soft and, my 4b/4c textured hair more manageable, but over several uses, I found that my hair was stronger and had less shedding and breakage. Less shedding and breakage, WHUUUUUT, it felt like I hit the lottery.  My hair was actually getting stronger with every use.  Taking down my braid outs/ twist-outs have been absolutely FAB-U-LICIOUS! (New word)

Here’s my super easy, recipe:

HOMEMADE GOAT MILK  “HAIR GOLD” RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 6 – 9 TBSP (depending on hair length and thickness) – Hello Hydration (Great, cheap, yet moisturizing conditioner)
  • 1/4 cup – Goat Milk
  • 1 Tbsp – Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp – Avocado Oil 
  • 1 Tbsp – Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp – Jojoba Oil
  • 2 Tsp – Honey
  • 3-6 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil 

Directions:

  • Thoroughly mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. 
  • Either start applying the deep conditioner mix all over your head, or pour mixture into an applicator bottle then apply deep conditioner mix. 
  • Put a heat cap or plastic cap on your head and put a towel over that.
  • Allow product to do it’s work for 45- 1 hour. 

Once you rinse out the conditioner and seal your moisture, style as you like. 

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FYI- I also use Goat Milk on my Co-Washing Days.

It’s official, Goat Milk is my new Hair Gold! 

BTW – TO preserve your goat milk Place them in the Freezer in Ice Trays. Each time you go to use them take out 1 to 2 goat milk cubes to use in your co-wash or deep conditioning treatment. I learned that tip from my curl-friend  Nikki from CurlyNikki.com.