Dry Hair Problems?

English: Coconut oil in solid state

English: Coconut oil in solid state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all have problems with our hair whether it’s relaxed or natural. The most common problem I’ve been dealing with and people have asked me about it dryness. There’s not one solution that will work for every head of hair. It’s all about trial and error, what works for someone else might not work for you. I will never be able to go to bed or leave the house without spraying with water and sealing daily but some lucky people out there can go days without adding moisture. If you haven’t found a way to keep your hair moisturized maybe these tips will help.

1. Drink your water.  You should be drinking half your body weight everyday. If you don’t like the taste of water you can add fresh fruit and herbs to add a little flavor and some vitamins.

Recovery, C-Power, Stressless, Digestive, and Detox vitamin waters

*You can add whatever fruit and/or herbs that you like. I like lemon and lime.
2. You should deep condition once a week or twice a month to add moisture and to strengthen your hair. If your hair is protein sensitive coconut oil is a great alternative to a protein treatment it’ll strengthen and moisturize without making your hair hard. Switch it up a little.
Honey and Coconut oil DC
Mud wash ingredients list *

Mud wash (YouTube tutorial)
Oil Mix for hot oil treaments**
DIY Raw and Organic DC (YouTube)
Egg and Mayo DC (YouTube tutorial)

Greek yogurt DC (Youtube tutorial)

*I use warm aloe vera juice instead of apple cider vinegar now.

**skip to end of post for the oils I use in my mix.  I use Naptural 85’s hair and body mix as a reference.

3. Moisturize and Seal vs LOC method. When it comes to moisture retention there are two different methods I’ve tried and that I hear about a lot. Moisturize and Seal is just moisturizing your hair with water or a leave in conditioner and sealing the moisture in with an oil. The LOC method is helpful if your hair is really dry and you have trouble keeping it moisturized. L is for liquid and it’s usually water, O is for oil, and C is crème as in a leave in. So you spray your hair with water, seal with an oil of your choice and add a leave in on top for added moisture.

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils can penetrate your hair shaft and moisturize your hair and they are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.

Keep in mind these are just suggestions if you have a routine that works to it stick with it. If you’re having problems with dry hair I hope this helps. If it does help let me know and if it doesn’t help let me know. Everyone’s hair is different and what works for me might not work for you.

Why are all Natural Products so Expensive?

I’ve been fully natural since September 8, 2012 but my journey for more natural and healthier hair started a couple years ago when I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders after I started relaxing my hair. Before my first relaxer my hair was well past my shoulders, it was so much for me to try and care for and too much for my mother. When I noticed my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders but I had so much new growth ( I had colored my hair prior and I could easily track my growth). I knew the problem wasn’t the rate my hair was growing. It was retaining my all the growth, for some reason my hair was breaking off and I needed to know why.

Long story short. I learned that it was the products I was using. I was using shampoos with sulfates and conditioners with silicones. The sulfates were stripping my hair and the silicones were coating my hair to make it appear shiny and healthy when it wasn’t. Not all silicones are equal some are water soluble and others are non water soluble which means some can be washed away with water and some can’t. I’m too lazy to learn which are harmful and which aren’t so I avoid them at all cost.

Cost. Now that you mention it I want to know why most natural products on the market are  $16 and up for one thing. I’m sure there are people out there that can afford that but when you have to pay for school and other things in life. I cannot pay $21 for conditioner, $16 for leave in, and $16 for a styler (gel, curly pudding, and holds). I have about 7 different oils at home that I use for my diy projects and I don’t use more than a couple tbsp when I do use my oils and at most I use about 3. Affordable natural products for your hair can be made at home. I’m making it my business to keep you informed. We’ll go through the whole regimen using products that you have at home and if you don’t have it at home it won’t cost you much to buy. I’ll even offer alternatives to my recipes nothing is set in stone when it comes to a recipe for your hair.

I’ve also been thinking about starting a line of my own. Affordable natural products. I’ll never hide any ingredients and I only use natural ingredients. Let me know how that sounds. A LifeWithDemetra line? Is it too soon?

DIY Coconut oil and Vitamin e oil lotion

Last night I found this recipe on the internet. I was looking for uses for my newly acquired vitamin e oil. I found this simple yet very effective lotion recipe. I’ve been doing this beauty/health/fitness challenge that requires me to use coconut oil on my hands and nails daily. So this lotion was the perfect fix. The ingredients…

One cup of coconut oil.

One tablespoon of vitamin e oil.

One jar to store once it is finished.

You add both ingredients together and mix. Not too much to it.

Note: Please use coconut oil that’s as close to its solid state as possible.

Here’s the finished product…

My lotion.

My lotion.