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Hey everybody, if your ever in Htown, Tx please support my homegirl Nicole Hudson's Conscious Cafe

Posted by ARW747 on October 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Vegetarian/Vegan cafe locate at 2612 Scott Street Houston, TX 77004

Number:(713) 658-9191

Business hours: Sunday & Monday- Closed

Tuesday & Saturday- 9am-7pm

Parking- Well, right now due to the dreadful Metro construction, just talk to Nicole of where to park. Enjoy.

c2consciouscafe.net

Peace.

Product Review Part I: Melaleuca Afinia conditioner

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on January 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Melaleuca now has a line of sulfate free hair products that I have been using for a number of months, which include both a shampoo and a conditioner. The effects of sulfates and other chemicals found in shampoo have driven many Naturals to other products; here is yet another alternative.

Last Friday, I decided to use my conditioner without henna, as is a part of my usual regimen and the result was wonderful! My hair felt a lot softer than usual; henna left my hair feeling a bit rough even after I had washed my hair completely free of it. Simply put, my hair felt happy and moisturized!

I have not seen a change in the amount of split ends in my hair since using these products, but, to my regret, the excess use of henna may well have been drying my hair out. This, accompanied with the dry weather in the desert of Arizona may have been too much for my ends.

So far, I am happy with the effects of the conditioner without the henna. Afinia is a nice, light conditioner that can be easily washed out. Over the next few months, I will closely watch the effects this conditioner has on my hair and share them here

The Causes of Dandruff

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on September 21, 2011 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

   Here is yet another pesky problem among Naturals. Is dandruff necessary? What causes it?      

   Did you know that dandruff can affect other parts of the body besides the scalp, such as the eyebrows? I had no idea of this either, but according to emedicinehealth.com, dandruff is more common than we may think.

        Contrary to what many may think, dandruff seems more common in those with oily skin, as opposed to those with dryer skin. In addition to this, the article states that sweating may contribute to dandruff, as well. Knowing what we know about the positive benefits of sweat, this is not enough to scare us away from exercising, is it? I didn’t think so!

        Like many other irritations in our lives, dandruff may also be caused by stress. It has not been connected to bacteria or fungus, however. Food allergies are another possible cause of dandruff, according to anti-dandruff.com. Deciding to eat foods that benefit us is becoming more and more important, isn’t it?

        There are, of course, many dandruff shampoos out there, but so many issues that we suffer from have to do with our diet. Check out what you eat; do some research and blog with me about it. Always make sure that the food you eat and the products you use for your amazing body and fabulous hair are beneficial and are not doing more harm than good.

       

Sources

http://www.anti-dandruff.com/cause_dandruff.htm

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/dandruff/article_em.htm

 

The Causes of Split Ends

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on September 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

       Aren’t they pesky? I can’t stand the sight of my beautiful hair split at the end, and I am on a constant look at for these irritating occurrences, to my mother’s chagrin. Where do they come from and why won’t they go back?     


        According to nightmarehair.com, when the cuticle, or protective layer of our hair, is lost, the hair “unravels”, and therefore is split. There are many factors that contribute to the presence of split ends in our hair. Chemicals are among the list of causes for split ends.


        The website splitends.bebto.com makes it clear that rough handling of any type can cause these annoying creatures to make havoc of your hair. Combing and brushing too roughly cause many problems with us Naturals, excessive pain being among them. I have read that brushing one’s hair while wet contributes to issues with split ends; however this is hard to believe, in my opinion. When I combed and brushed my hair, it was easiest when I worked with it just after it had been washed.


        Deep conditioning treatments are recommended to curb split ends, however it seems popular for people to say that there is no way to be completely rid of them.


        I, of course, disagree. I believe that the cause of split ends stems from moisture in addition to the overuse of heated tools, as well as the improper and frequent use of brushes and combs. There are parts of my hair in which I never see split ends, and others where there seems to be an abundance. Where am I coming up with this idea about moisture? Well, many of the sites that speak of the causes of split ends speak of products that coerce the hair into becoming overly dry, such as those containing alcohol. Leave-in conditioner, which is a wonderful way to keep the hair moisturized, is recommended, as well.


        It may not be easy to keep split ends at bay, but I don’t believe it’s impossible.


        If you have any ways that you’d recommend, sign up for a free account and blog with me!! Check out my video!!

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Sources

http://www.nightmarehair.com/splitends.php

http://splitends.bebto.com/


 

Ayurvedic Products Part II

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on September 7, 2011 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 Here we are, in the second week of our series about Ayurvedic products!

Ayurvedic medicine is said to have originated in India thousands of years ago. This medicine, according to my source, is more than just a medicine, more than just something to take in order to be cured for the moment. Ayurveda is and was a way of life. I have to admit that it has become a big part of mine!

Let’s talk about oils!

Neem Oil

Today is the first day that I have ever heard about this oil, so you must know that I am so excited to learn about it!

This, as any other Ayurvedic product comes from a plant. This beautiful little tree, the neem plant, is used in its entirety in Ayurveda, i.e. each part of the tree is used and has a different purpose. According to indiamart.com, the bark can be used as an antiseptic! The oil can be used as a shampoo!

According to Kinky Ronnie’s Spot, neem oil can be used to prevent hair loss. One of the biggest issues with hair growth in the natural hair community is the lack of moisture in our beautiful tresses. This oil targets issues with the scalp, which is the foundation for wonderful hair.

Brahmi Oil

Now, this is an oil that I am familiar with, as I have been using it as a hot oil treatment for several months now. Brahmi oil consists of countless other oils, including coconut oil which has been said to have wonderful affects on our hair. This oil, according to its packaging, is great for dandruff treatment and can even be used as a massage oil.

I have had wonderful results with brahmi oil, as the smell is very pleasant, and the oil is not excessively heavy.

What Ayurvedic products should we look at next week?

Ayurvedic Products Part I

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on August 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

      There seems to be a new craze surrounding Ayurvedic products among Naturals these days, and I will admit, I am participating in it with gusto! It has been discovered as a great source of natural, scalp friendly products. They are also fairly inexpensive.:)

 Ayurveda is a form of medicine that originated in India and consists of natural remedies. It has a heavy focus on lifestyle, including diet and exercise. The products used for face and skin care all come from plants, and can often be found at your local Indian store.

 Over the next few weeks, the articles of this section will surround various Ayurvedic products and their benefits. This week, we are talking about Henna and Cassia obovata.

 Henna

Dare I say it? Henna may be the most popular of all of the Ayurvedic products among us, as it is known to be a used as a temporary tattoo, as well. I had no idea that henna had such great effects on natural hair before slightly over a year ago, when I discovered that it was sold at Sally Beauty Supply © mixed with placenta. After just one use, my hair was considerably softer.

      Soon, I was ready to dive in and use the real stuff; i.e. I began using henna in its powdered form and mixing it myself. Last week, I added some of my Melaleuca conditioner and as usual, the results were fabulous!

      What is henna? It is a plant known by the Latin name Lawsonia inermis. The leaves of the plant are ground up and the result is a natural dye. On the darkest hair, the red tints are barely noticeable; however one's hair does appear shinier in the sunlight after several consistent uses of henna. According to hennaforhair.com, henna is an excellent conditioner for hair, and I must say that I agree.

      I have been using henna for over a year now, and I have experienced wonderful length retention; my hair is also a lot thicker! Cassia obovata I just love the name of this product, but I am yet to use it. I think of it as a sister to henna, however according to my sources at hennaforhair.com, this is not true at all. Cassia is similar to henna with its conditioning properties, however the dye is not as evident, which is why cassia has been given the nickname "neutral henna." Needless to say, I love the idea of Ayurvedic products because they are natural remedies. My source says that cassia can be used to treat skin disorders, such as eczema.

 I definitely plan to try cassia obovata in the near future. It can be purchased online, but I have never seen it in a physical store.

Are you using or planning to use an Ayurvedic product and would like to know its benefits? Ask me, and I will research it and post it here for all to see!!

Sources

http://www.ayur.com/about.html

http://www.hennaforhair.com/faq/index.html

http://www.hennaforhair.com/faq/cassiaobovata.html

My Personal Natural Hair Regiment: Necessary or Nonsense?

Posted by ABAgail Dunn on August 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

 

      

When one is constantly inundated with such things as Youtube videos, blogs, and books, it may well seem nearly impossible to determine the right and wrong way to treat natural hair. What one comes to realize, after much careful research, is that like any other form of media in this world, the foundation lies upon opinion.

There are myriads of opinions about natural hair. Mine is merely one and I must say that acting on my opinion is working incredibly well for me!

I prefer to have a strict regiment when working with my hair, and I will not only describe it here, but I will also speak of its benefits.

Washing

I am currently in love with Melaleuca’s Herbal Shampoo. I have also had great success with Black Soap Shampoo from the Triple A Shea Butter Line.

Having seen a video on Youtube describing this method, I do what I have termed “short washes”. With these washes, which I perform about every two weeks during the summer, I put my twists or braids into large braids, use a toothbrush to put shampoo on my scalp, then cleanse the shampoo from my scalp.

During the fall term, I used witch hazel to cleanse my scalp in between washes, which I did once per month.

I do “long washes” once per month. I simply wash my twists or braids with shampoo, rather than taking my hair down to wash it. During these washes, I use a plastic scalp brush, which I purchased from Publix, a grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia. These brushes can also be found online.

 

Ayurvedic Product Use

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I must admit that I am mildly obsessed with Ayurvedic products for my hair. Henna is my favorite product, which I use to deep condition my hair. Not being one to enjoy monotony, I have recently begun using a Maka/Brahmi mixture one month, and then using henna the next month. Maka and Brahmi are both said to be great antiseptics; they are also supposed to alleviate dandruff.

I absolutely love the smell of henna; it is very similar to grass, in my opinion, very fresh and clean. Last month, I added some Melaluca conditioner to the Maka/ Brahmi mixture and the smell was amazing! I also noticed that the mixture washed out a lot easier than in past, when I had simply used the Ayurvedic products mixed with water.

I have noticed that the strands of my hair are considerably thicker, and I do believe the constant Ayurvedic use, the Melaleuca products, and the fact that I have stopped combing and brushing my hair have contributed significantly to this fact!

I leave the Ayurvedic product on for about twenty minutes, covered with a shower cap, then I wash it out with my Melaleuca shampoo.

Hot Oil Treatment

 

I love and swear by hot oil treatments. I have not yet determined if it is the heat or the oil that helps so much, but nevertheless they are quite beneficial in my opinion. They soften the hair considerably, and if one chooses to comb or brush their hair, hot oil treatments make this effort far easier.

Keeping with the theme of opinions, I have recently read a book that spoke of the unnecessary uses of hot oil treatments. I have to admit, there was very little about this book that I enjoyed or agreed with.

Styling Fun

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I am one of those strange people that enjoys doing her hair. Now that the longest part of my hair is at arm pit length, it may take me up to twelve hours to twist all of my hair.

I style my hair using Shea Butter Infused with Black Soap Extract, Oats &Aloe from the Nubian Heritage Line. The scent is incredible; I honestly feel as if my hair is being nourished when I use this product.

Benefits

 

I have found that my hair is healthier than ever! To put it plainly, this regiment makes my hair happy!

I find that taking some hours out for myself is very therapeutic. Doing my hair myself has led me to many discoveries that I simply would not find if I were to entrust another person with my hair.

I enjoy having a set regiment because it increases my sense of organization. It also assists me in determining what does and does not work for my hair. It is definitely necessary for me to have a set regiment!

Are regiments necessary for the health of your hair? I would suggest you try it and see! For suggestions and questions about this, feel free to contact me!