Natural Hair Care the Natural Way

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“The body is the house of God. That is why it is said, “Man know thyself.”” — African Proverb

When I was less Knowledgeable, I would search the aisles of a convenience store for the best brand of Shampoo. “Not tested on Animals” was a phrase that appealed to me. It hadn’t yet occurred to me that with one exception every mammal on Earth, from the camel to the panda, has pale skin and thin, stringy hair so to some “people” “Animal hair” was considered the same as “human hair.” Back then I looked at costs and company ethics; I had a suspicion whether these products would work for me and either I would leave the aisle or neglect the product. With Water, Sun Light and a good heart, my hair grew into large tough locs. The exceptional Mammal, the African, belongs to the peak of beings. Unlike his “human” counterparts his hair, skin, mind and spirit separate him from the Animals. The African is the Creator of Earth’s Crown and the Earth is the African’s Crown’s Creator. We are mutually responsible to adorn one another. Our “human” counterparts aren’t. They were given Animal Features for their Heart. So why in the world do some of us look to them–not Nature–to help our hair?

I’ve heard Queen-Mothers complain that even Natural Hair Care products were destroying their Hair, their Scalp or their Pocketbooks. Natural Hair for these women is unaffordable and undesirable. This is said despite that Unnatural Hair Care products have been linked to its own series of problems from heart disease to cancer (please read), generally destroying the hair, scalp and pocketbooks of African Women. What has been removed from our people is a Racial Analysis, or the question of “Who?” as in “Who is producing these Products?” and not even “For what?” but “In whose Spirit?” as in “Maat or Isfet’s?”

existinginexile is an African Queen-Mother who did the research, devoted her time, and did the experiments (on herself no less) and she found out how to care for her Natural Hair through Nature. She now has a healthy crown, healthy head and healthy pocketbook. This Queen-Mother, in the same spirit as truthbetold (an African vendor of Organic Beauty Supplies [Bookmark]), devised a natural blend from Earth’s produce which makes Natural Hair affordable, desirable and Beautiful. No chemicals, no additives, no Cancer or Heart Failure. Reposted with her permission, here’s a post to definitely bookmark,

Is the Natural Hair Movement an opportunity for AfroXploitation?
By existinginexile

With more and more Sistas opting for the BIG CHOP to begin their natural hair journeys, manufacturers of damaging black hair products are likely going into meltdown over plummeting sales of their merchandise made specifically to destroy afro hair for huge profits.

The billion dollar black hair industry is on the brink of collapse, which gives rise to the Question: How are bosses of damaging black hair products going to hold onto their wealth now that black women are going natural? Answer: By moving in on the Natural Hair Movement with a new line of chemically infused “Natural” hair products to sell at extortionate prices to cover their losses.

But can we stop this AfroXploitation? See below.

Are Sistas willing to Grow their Hair the Natural Way?

Since April 2013, I have been trying out different oils from Jojoba oil to Jamaican black castor oil and mixing them with solid Shea butter and coconut oil to see whether my hair would increase in length. I had already come to the realisation that shampoos and conditioners were made for stringy hair to remove excessive oil produced naturally in the hair root and so they could not be any good for afro hair because they stripped afro hair of the essential oils needed for growth… so I knew afro hair needed to be cleansed with natural oils.

My main breakthrough came when I had the thought: What would happen if I excluded all external products and only used edible products on my hair? So I stopped using the Jojoba oil, Jamaican black castor oil and Shea butter and began researching vegetables and fruits rich in vitamins A, B and E and I chose edible oils to complement them. I created weekly tables to chart the condition and length of my hair and every week I noticed that my hair looked healthier and longer. For two consecutive months my hair grew ½ inch per month and so I discovered that afro hair grows just as well with EDIBLE Products as with EXTERNAL Products… so we CAN stop the AfroXploitation.

The Cleanser, Hot oil and Moisturiser you will see in this blog are made from healthy foods to feed your hair with a nutritious meal that your hair will thoroughly enjoy.

Try the 28 Day Taster below and see the results for yourself.

28 Day Taster

To begin, choose a day to start Growing Your Natural Hair the Natural Way using EDIBLE Products. You are going to feed your hair with a Smoothie and a Hot Toddy 4 TIMES during the 28 Day Taster on Days 1, 8, 15 and 22.

On Day 1 of your 28 Day Taster you are going to: Measure your hair, Cleanse your hair, Hot oil your hair, Style your hair and Hydrate your hair. So take the time now to read through the 28 Day Taster to see the ingredients you will need. Now there is no need to go to a hair shop because the ingredients can be found in your local supermarket, which is both convenient and economical because most of your hair products will likely be on your grocery list. You are going to be buying EDIBLE products: vegetables, fruits and oils, the same foods you eat, so there will be little to no extra cost.

On Day 28 of your 28 Day Taster you are going to Measure your hair again to see how much it has grown and to find out your Hair Growth Rate (HGR) for the month (28 days).

Measure your hair

1. Lightly spray your hair with water.

2. Divide your hair into 6 sections: Two in the Front, two in the Middle and two at the Back.

3. To measure the Front, Middle and Back of your hair, choose one side of your hair and using a tape measure hold the Front section of your hair out horizontally and measure the length of your hair in inches from the centre parting to the ends of your hair.

4. Repeat the process for the Middle and Back sections.

5. Write down the measurements for the Front, Middle and Back and keep it in a safe place. You will need the measurements to compare with the last measurement on Day 28.

Smoothie

Please note: The following recipes are for shoulder length to long hair. If you have short hair, halve the measurements.

Ingredients for Natural Cleanser

50g Spinach

1 Avocado

1 Banana

1 Carrot

2 Eggs

1 spoon Canola Red Palm Fruit oil

1 spoon Extra Virgin Olive oil

1 spoon Walnut oil

Preparation

Finely chop the spinach and grate the carrot. Slice the ripened avocado and banana and pass through a large sieve two or three times until both fruits are puréed. In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the oils. Stir in the spinach, avocado, banana and carrot and mix in a blender until smooth and creamy. The Smoothie colour should be pale green with no specks. Before applying the Smoothie you will need a towel to protect your clothes from drips as the Smoothie can stain clothes.

Application

1. Your hair should be divided into 6 sections: Two in the Front, two in the Middle and two at the Back. You are going to apply the Smoothie two times using half the amount on the first application and the remaining half on the second.

2. Apply the Smoothie to each section of your hair starting from the root to the tip. Twist each section into a plait when completed.

3. On the second application, untwist each section and divide into two then apply the Smoothie from root to tip. Re-twist each section and either tuck plait under or place on top.

4. Tie your hair in a satin scarf and take a hot steam bath for 20-30 minutes and then remove the satin scarf.

5. Unravel each section, finger detangle your hair and then gently massage your scalp.

6. Let your hair steam freely for a further 10-15 minutes, then rinse the Smoothie out with warm water until water runs clear.

7. Gently tap your hair with a towel. Do not rub dry.

8. Prepare to apply the Fruity Nutty Hot Toddy.

Fruity Nutty Hot Toddy

Ingredients for Natural Hot Oil

1 tablespoon Canola Red Palm Fruit oil

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil

1 tablespoon Walnut oil

Preparation

Pour oils into a heat proof dish, place in a pan of hot water and heat gently until warm.

Application

1. Divide your hair into 6 sections: Two in the Front, two in the Middle and two at the Back. You are going to apply the Fruity Nutty Hot Toddy two times using half the amount on the first application and the remaining half on the second.

2. Apply the Fruity Nutty Hot Toddy on each section of your hair starting from the root to the tip. Twist each section into a plait when completed.

3. On the second application, untwist each section and divide into two then apply the Fruity Nutty Hot Toddy from root to tip and around the hairline. Twist each section into a plait when completed.

Style your hair

Choose a very low maintenance style so you can leave your hair alone to grow ie: Twists, Two Strand Flat Twists or Cornrows. If you choose to cornrow your hair do not cornrow too tightly because it weakens the hairline and do not cornrow too finely because the hairstyle is only going to be in for 1 week.

Hydrate your hair

Lightly spray your hair with water before going to bed.

This is the END of Day 1 of your 28 Day Taster.

Try not to style your hair again for the rest of the week, only moisturise your hair. Instructions on moisturising your hair during your 28 Day Taster are detailed below.

Moisturising your hair during your 28 Day Taster

1. Lightly spray your hair with water every morning and every night.

2. Moisturise your hair daily with Coconut Palm Fruit Ice Cream. The recipe for the Coconut Palm Fruit Ice Cream is below.

3. Before going to bed apply a Night oil of your choice to your hair. Instructions are below.

Coconut Palm Fruit Ice Cream

Ingredients for Natural Moisturiser

4 tablespoons solid Coconut oil

1 tablespoon Canola Red Palm Fruit oil

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil

1 tablespoon Walnut oil

Preparation

1. Spoon Coconut oil into a heat proof dish, place in a pan of hot water and heat gently until melted.

2. Add the remaining oils and stir.

3. Pour into a container and place in the fridge to set.

4. Scoop hardened oil into a mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until lighter in colour and creamy.

5. Spoon the Coconut Palm Fruit Ice Cream into a glass jar or plastic container and keep refrigerated to stop it from melting.

Application

1. Before using Coconut Palm Fruit Ice Cream, remove from the fridge and leave to soften for 15-20 minutes at room temperature.

2. Apply Coconut Palm Fruit Ice Cream to your hair daily. Remember to keep the Coconut Palm Fruit Ice Cream refrigerated otherwise it will melt to a liquid just like ice cream.

Night oil

It is important to moisturise the Edges & Ends of your hair because they are the youngest and oldest parts of your hair. Applying oil to your Edges & Ends at night is ideal because your hair dries out during the night. For your night oil, I recommend 100% Pure & Edible Argan oil which is excellent for its deep conditioning properties.

Please note: Edible Argan oil is expensive and is not likely be in your local supermarket, so you will need to shop around.

1. Apply a quarter of a teaspoon of oil around your hairline and gently massage in. You can also use a soft natural bristle baby brush to gently brush in the oil.

2. Apply a quarter of a teaspoon of oil to the ends of your hair.

3. Tie your hair in a satin scarf before going to bed.

WEEK 2: Day 8

1. Spray your hair with water to soften it before gently untwisting your hair.

2. Make and apply Spinach & Avocado, Banana & Carrot Smoothie

3. Warm and apply Fruity Nutty Hot Toddy

 

4. Style your hair

5. Hydrate your hair

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WEEK 3: Day 15 – Repeat Day 8

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WEEK 4: Day 22 – Repeat Day 8

Day 28

Measure your hair

1. Lightly spray your hair with water, untwist your hair and Measure your hair again.

The increase in the length of your hair is your Hair Growth Rate (HGR) so if your hair has grown by ½ an inch, your HGR is ½ inch per month (28 days).

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I hope your hair has grown, looks fed, watered and healthy and I sincerely hope the 28 Day Taster has inspired you to continue to

Grow Your Natural Hair the Natural Way using Edible Products.

Asé

The Power to Make Things Happen

Source: http://www.existinginexile.com/2013/10/27/is-the-natural-hair-movement-an-opportunity-for-afroxploitation/

See also: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/chemicals-can-kill-hair-straightening-and-heart-failure-in-african-communities-worldwide/

13 thoughts on “Natural Hair Care the Natural Way

  1. WOW King, I had no idea you were going to post the full blog.  Thank you so much.  I hope the Sistas make use of it.  I will reply to your Article later.

    1. Peace Queen-Mother,

      You wrote an excellent article. Piecemeal it’s great but I would hope all would read the whole work through.

      Thank you for permitting me to share it.

  2. The Xploitation of the natural hair care products isn’t just done by white companies who are supposedly losing money, there are a lot of black owned firms that are charging these outrageous prices for their products.

    I’ve worn my hair in it’s natural state for five decades and all I can say is that it’s a damn shame that these mother’s did not teach their daughters how to care for their hair.

    Water and the oils of your choice is all a woman needs and nothing else.

    1. Peace Queen-Mother,

      I am grateful to hear from a Queen who for five decades maintained her Ancestral Crown. I salute you!

      When you wrote about black owned firms and their prices, I was reminded of a passage (emphasis mine) I read in Chapter 24 of Amos Wilson’s “Blueprint for Black Power:”

      According to a report published by the Final Call (8/11/93 – “Kente Cloth and Red, Black, and Green mean Big Bucks for White Businesses”), Charles Johnson, president of Ashaway Inc., a Dallas-based lotion and creme manufacturer, complains that 15 major non-Black distributors deliver Black-oriented products made by White-owned companies to retailers but won’t deliver products made by Black-owned companies. The Final Call goes on to report that Black business persons commonly complain that when these distributors reluctantly condescend to deliver Black-made products to retailers, they gouge Black consumers and make unconsciously large per unit profits by pricing these products some 40 to 60 percent higher than necessary. Major retailers such as giant supermarkets and drugstore chains collude with distributors in this process. The collusion between White-owned retailers and distributors operates to prevent many Black manufacturers from delivering their products directly from their plants to store shelves (when and if shelf space is even made available to them) with a single price markup. If this trade block were removed the price of the Black-manufactured cosmetics products would be markedly reduced and made competitive with their White manufactured counterparts, more broadly distributed and easily retailed by Black-owned outlets in the Black community. Black manufacturers would then retain more income from sales, and as a consequence of these factors, could create new jobs in the industry.

      In a different post I write about Pro-Black Communities needing to precede Pro-Black Businesses. I would be honored if you check it out, Queen-Mother.

      https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/why-pro-black-businesses-can-not-precede-pro-black-communities/

    2. Yes, the exploitation is carried out by both black and white… and that is because Sistas have spent decades looking for the RIGHT hair care products in the WRONG places. We didn’t know the vegetables, fruits and oils in our homes were the products needed to grow our afro hair, but now that we do know, the white AND black manufacturers of black hair products who have been creating poisons for our hair, are on the way to losing their acid-money.

      I have been natural since 1994. I became very annoyed at my shoulder length relaxed hair thinning after I had taken such good care of it. I took a sharp pair of scissors and marched around to my sister house and told her to cut it all off. Hesitant, she asked me: “Are you sure?” and I said without any second thought “Yes cut it off.” It didn’t bother me at all. But back then, there was no such thing as ‘The Natural Hair Movement’ so I continued to use pomades made with paraffin and perfumes. After my big chop I used Keratin hair oil and it destroyed my hair. I stopped using shampoos and conditioners made specifically for black hair after a shampoo left my hair matted together, knotted and extremely dry and brittle. It was as though the shampoo contained glue.

      You would think that after almost 20 years of being natural, my hair would be very long, but it isn’t long because my hair tends to grow to one length and then stops. However, ever since I started using EDIBLE products on my hair has begun to grow past my shoulders, which is quite good hair growth considering that I had another BIG CHOP in 2012. In late 2011 I decided to loc my hair… and it was a disaster. I knew I had different hair textures but I had no idea they would react the way they did. The back of my hair refused to loc, the front locked in some places but the middle had huge knots that no amount of conditioner could untie them. I had to get the scissors… and so in March 2012 I had to cut off my natural hair down to an inch and in some places to half an inch and it was very upsetting. Cutting off chemical hair is liberating but cutting off natural hair is heartbreaking. It was AFTER I had cut off all my natural hair that my Mother and my Sister informed me that not all hair can lock. I wish I knew that before I went down the hair locking route.

  3. @Onitaset

    Thank you King.

    I will begin by quoting the part of your Article that stands out the most for me:

    “…the African, belongs to the peak of beings. Unlike his “human” counterparts his hair, skin, mind and spirit separate him from the Animals. The African is the Creator of Earth’s Crown and the Earth is the African’s Crown’s Creator. We are mutually responsible to adorn one another. Our “human” counterparts aren’t. They were given Animal Features for their Heart. So why in the world do some of us look to them–not Nature–to help our hair?” (Onitaset)

    You have made a remarkable observation. There is definitely a reason why our hair differs from the hair of every other race… and the reason is simply this: We are uniquely different from every other race and our Afro hair is the symbol of our uniqueness. We are one with nature. Everything the earth produces has been created for our benefit. The fruits of trees produce the oils for our bodies and our hair. Nature’s water, cleanses, nourishes and conditions our bodies and our hair… and the fruits and vegetables we eat that gives health and strength to our bodies and our hair. We don’t need artificial ingredients because nature has already provided for us.

    We have been conditioned to believe that other races can improve upon nature and give us what our natural hair needs. But chemical infused products are no match to natural products. Foreigners only want to make money from us and they don’t care how far they go. It has recently been made known that Indians have been cutting the hair off their DEAD and selling them overseas as weaves. The link below shows that foreigners only want the worst for us.

    http://networkedblogs.com/QGnEu

  4. Great post. It reminds me I should stop wearing weaves and start wearing my own hair. I plan on locking my hair sometime in my life and I wonder how it works.

    1. @Adeen

      Sis, once you go natural you will never want to go back to artificial. I wish you all the best on your natural hair journey.

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