29.7.13

10 WAYS TO MANAGE AFRICAN KIDS HAIR

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    so you've got a little bambino with natural African hair, but its such a pain getting them to sit and have their hair done in the salon or at home,because it hurts badly when combing through.
    
    In my Opinion it is not advisable to use chemical treatments such as relaxers on a child's hair at least until she/he is much older when the scalp can handle it,and these treatments also include texturizers which can also be damaging to a tender scalp, if you ask me i think it's just a sugar-coated name , the damn thing still contains chemicals like potassium hydroxide that is bad for a tender scalp like that of a child.

   The difference between the two are Relaxers are typically left on the hair anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, while texturizers shouldn't be left on for more than five (5)to 10 minutes. The amount of time the chemicals react with the hair is the main factor in differing results between the two processes.


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Follow this routine to a soft manageable hair.

1. To comb through hair braids/corn rows that has been taken out before washing , try spraying a DETANGLING CONDITIONER on the hair before combing through.
e.g Just for me detangling 2 in 1 conditioner,which i reviewed here .

2. Wash the hair twice a week with a children's conditioning shampoo e.g Just for me 2 in1 conditioning shampoo.
in the case where you can not get a conditioning shampoo, find a shampoo for kids and a separate conditioner for kids.

3. Apply leave in conditioners for kids by ORGANICS ,at least every other day on the hair and less on the scalp to avoid itching.

4 . When washing the hair make sure the temperature of the water is warm enough for the child's hair , ( not too hot ,not cold , just slightly hot)

5. While washing the hair, massage the scalp very gently ( this helps to stimulate the blood vessels in the scalp and promotes hair growth at the same time while relaxing the child. I can not recall how many times I've been to the salon and i watch all these saloon girls washing the child's hair like they are digging for gold, or they are shaking off stones from the hair. This causes pain and breakage,the best way to wash the hair is to use the finger tips ,not finger nails.

6. Try as much as possible to dry the hair gently with a towel or a T-shirt before using the blow dryer, excessive use of the blow dryer can damage the hair and tend to make the hair brittle.

7. Repeat number one after washing and when you are about to blow dry the hair.

8. When blow drying use a good wide tooth comb ( not the plastic coloured weave on brush), start from the top of the hair holding the roots with your hand and comb. Do this for the entire sections of the hair before working your way down to the roots with the comb , this helps to release any tangled hair at the top and allows for easy combing from the roots all the way up,and this will definitely reduce tears.



9. If your child swims often , make sure you rinse the hair out with clean water to get rid of chlorine,dry with a towel or a T-shirt and use the conditioner ( leave-in ) as soon as the hair is dry.

10. Always keep the child's hair moisturised by using hair conditioner for kids. Try Organic Roots Stimulator  (ORS) hair products for kids. 

You can also mix water and glycerin in a spray bottle and spray on the child's hair 2 or 3 times daily,this can be done for really dry hair.






                                       Hair Products formulated for Kids Hair

One last tip- Try not to pull the hair at the nape area when making the corn-rows in the quest to make everything appear smooth and clean. To make the hair around that area smooth ,use your finger tips and apply Aloe Vera gel.



                    

25.7.13

TIPS,TRICKS AND TECHNIQUES TO MAKING PRODUCTS WORK BETTER - (The Three T's)

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    Often times I come across products that may have received great reviews online but the same product doesn't really do much for others,hence the one star,two star ratings that come with the product review,Be it skin products,hair products,whatever, and then you get the ones that are so-so which are just averagely rated.
    In My last post below ,i did mention that regardless of race ,various hair types often react differently to different types of products,Well, i guess we can say the same for everything else - skin type ,weather conditions ,climate area e.t.c.With this in mind its best to find ways to make products work for you in order to get a considerably better result before we go on to hang the manufacturers of these products.... (just kidding)...
    So below are some tips on certain everyday products and techniques one can adopt in getting better results.

Oils.

  Whether its moisturising oils for the skin or for the hair the best way to apply this First of all to the skin, is by making sure your skin is reasonably wet,meaning it has to be applied the moment you step out of the shower.Reasons being that the water on the skin helps the skin absorb the oil faster and much better with out leaving a residue. The same applies to the hair except here the hair has to be a little bit damp before sealing with the oil.
      * Techniques
  When applying oils to the skin ,it's best to start with a thin layer and gradually spread it all over the skin ,thick layers of oils in a particular spot limits absorption and saturates the tissues.


Food,Fruits,Veggies and Spices

   Since everyone is going ''Green'' in order to have a natural youthful look ,it wouldn't hurt to try out certain techniques in getting more from your refrigerator/garden/ or shelves.
  Tea Bags - When frozen they do the same job a slice of cold cucumber would do when placed on the eyes to reduce bags,dark circles under the eye region and puffiness due to stress or lack of sleep.

*Techniques
    Place 2 wet tea bags in the freezer, then wrap a few cubes of ice in a piece of cotton cloth and drop the  frozen tea bags also ,wrap it up and place on each eye lid.It will rejuvenate the skin around the eyes.

Onions-
Mash one Onion Bulb and add to your favorite shampoo, leave it sealed for 15 days before using it to wash your hair. This promotes fast hair growth.



                                                          Essential Oils for Hair and Skin

Have you got a tip or technique on how you use your products ,it will be nice to share it here.You can leave your comments,questions and suggestions below.


                                     

13.7.13

HERBAL ESSENCE HELLO HYDRATION CONDITIONER - Ladies,Drinks On Me!

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     Hello Guys...,sorry i haven't been back here to review anything lately, been a bit under the weather,but really i can not complain even though i'm loving the weather this rainy season ,i have to be sure that i'm also giving my hair the right moisture it needs to grow.
    So I've been  researching and reading up lots of posts from fellow bloggers like me who are also on the ''long ,healthy hair'' band wagon,and have now come to understand that all hair types are not the same even though they may be of the same race and have the same texture,some hair types will react differently to certain hair products.
     I recently stumbled on a review by #freshlengths  on  Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment ,this was when i was really looking for the best conditioner that wouldn't leave my hair dry,and after using it twice i really didn't notice any difference in my hair except it  gave it more volume which made it a bit difficult to style.So i went back to researching more on hydrating conditioners and then i tried the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner.
   I know they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover,but this conditioner is something i would normally over look on the shelf  because of its packaging -a simple plastic bottle.Its got nothing fancy in its contents except the Coconut extract  that's labelled on the bottle.It also says ''100% softer in one wash'', but we all know that manufacturers will write any thing on their product labels to get more sales.So i let the curious mind in me digest all the ingredients in this bottle and then made a choice to get it.
    I have only used this conditioner once, following the instructions on the bottle,and my hair has never felt softer.I did leave it on for a bit longer than 10 (ten) minutes in a plastic cap before rinsing off with warm water. I then moisturised with Africa's Best shea butter moisturiser ,did my July(one month) length check HERE ,before i sealed with coconut oil and styled as usual.
   All day i kept running my fingers through my hair and each time i felt a very silky texture... It's one thing to see your hair get softer and manageable after doing a co-wash but retaining that softness all day no matter the weather is usually the problem,but this conditioner did the trick,I don't know how but i'm happy with the way my hair feels at the moment, so I guess the search is over and this conditioner is for keeps.



                                                 Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner


At less than $5 (N 800) for this 300ml bottle,this conditioner will not drill a hole in your pocket ,considering the amazing job it does to a thirsty hair.

                                         


And don't forget to leave your comments below and tell us about your  favorite conditioner and how it worked for you, if you've also tried the Hello Hydration ,tell us about it too and Lets review it more .

                                             

4.7.13

Got Milk?

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     The Popular slogan which was used in the campaign that spread all around the United States of America in the 90's (nineties) promoting and encouraging their younger generation to drink milk.Looking back at the numerous Got Milk? advertisement then,in the magazines and T.V commercials by some celebrities including Mohammed Ali , Joan Rivers,Britney Spears,Tyra Banks , not forgetting the cartoon characters- Superman and The Simpsons, i can understand why the campaign ads which featured these celebrities having a sip of Milk and leaving a white film Moustache....(Funny huh?.. Yes) was and still is , the best Ad.
     The idea was for everyone regardless of your status anywhere in the world , to realise the importance and benefits of  milk in children and adults alike.One can not over emphasize the importance of  drinking Milk daily especially in the Life of a growing child. A lot of societies and countries especially in Africa are yet to embrace the Culture of drinking Milk at all how much more drinking it daily.I can remember long ago during the military era , Elementary schools in Nigeria would distribute milk (either in form of chocolate milk or just pure cows milk) to their pupils during lunch time, as part of the tuition that has been paid for.Over time,this culture died and has now been buried.
 
     So one would ask , why should you replace the kids water, juice,beverage with Milk. Is it the affordable alternative or is it just another fad ? First we look at the different forms of milk and why each one has its purpose.
      Cows Milk can be produced and packaged in different methods - The fresh milk which is preserved cold and has a very short life span ,the UHT milk which is processed under ultra high temperature and packaged for longer shelf life of up to a year.Others are evaporated milk and Powdered Milk which has the longest shelf life.




                                                                        Got Milk?




BENEFITS OF DRINKING MILK EVERYDAY:

For Brain Development - According to Frank R. Greer, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "Eighty percent of brain development occurs in the first two years of life, whole milk which usually contains 3.5 percent to 4 percent fat is highly recommended as a daily nutritional drink for children up to age 2 because saturated fats are needed for brain development.

For Strong Bones and Teeth-  Trust me when i tell you that no other drink or fruits,vegetables,vitamins supplement,or ''tooth paste'' will do this job for you especially in a growing child.Consumption of at least three 6.oz (ounces)  of whole milk daily in toddlers helps in building Strong bones by providing the calcium that every growing child needs for strong healthy bones and teeth.
For children who are lactose intolerant,a much better substitute is skimmed milk,rice milk,coconut milk , and of course the popular Soy milk which is more high in protein than calcium.
    Studies in the United Kingdom have shown that children/babies who consume the right amount of milk begin to walk faster than those babies who do not take milk regularly at the same age.

For Treatment of Stomach Ulcers - In treating stomach ,Doctors often advice their patients to drink milk regularly this is because the alkalinity of Milk is believed to help in neautralising stomach acid by lining the stomach walls hence reducing pain.

 One can also get calcium from other dairy products such as cheese,another form of milk is chocolate milk which is prepared by adding cocoa beverages.Below is a table of the types of milk and the essential nutrients derived from them


Nutritional Table
ProductCaloriesFat(g)%FatCalcium(mg)*Vit. B12
Cow's Milk:
Whole milk150848290.87
Reduced fat (2%)120538297.89
Low fat (1%)100327300.90
Skim85.44302.93
Soy:
Unfortified794.551100
Fortified**1303.5305851.2

         


      There you have it,this is one drink that will never go out of fashion because of its enormous benefits to the growing child.




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