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By Cipri­ana of Urbanbushbabes.com

For years I used prod­ucts con­tain­ing min­er­al oil to coat my strands. Many man­u­fac­tur­ers use min­er­al oil in a major­i­ty of prod­ucts that con­tain syn­thet­ic ingre­di­ents because of its behav­ior as a preser­v­a­tive. Min­er­al oil is the result of the dis­til­la­tion of petro­le­um which acts as a saran wrap again­st your scalp, slow­ing down one of the skin’s main job which is to elim­i­nate tox­ins. On the oth­er hand nat­u­ral oils are eas­i­ly absorbed by the skin.

When I used prod­ucts that con­sist­ed most­ly of syn­thet­ic mate­ri­als such as Blue Mag­ic I’m not going to lie my hair did grow, but it was not until I switched to all nat­u­ral prod­ucts that I began to see the true poten­tial of my growth capa­bil­i­ty. Before the change in my reg­i­men I expe­ri­enced a GREAT deal of shed­ding and dan­druff. Now those days are far behind. I’m still fas­ci­nat­ed by how are body responds to top­i­cal prod­ucts. Not only is it impor­tant to watch what we put into our bod­ies but what we put on it as well.

My boyfriend’s grand­fa­ther is full Chero­kee Indi­an and when we met three years ago he always talked about the impor­tance of what you put on your body, com­ing from a back­ground of ances­tors rich in a holis­tic lifestyle. But I could not and would not give up my trusty Coconut Blue Mag­ic until just about a year ago. When I final­ly gave in to the nat­u­ral “stuff” I was deter­mined that this was just a tri­al peri­od and I would be back on my good old Blue Mag­ic in no time. Well it’s been a year lat­er and I am still using the nat­u­ral “stuff”. For years I had been so accus­tomed to my hair feel­ing greasy from the min­er­al oil based prod­ucts that it took me a while to real­ly under­stand what my hair felt like with nat­u­ral oils.

Again I am not here to force you into switch­ing into an all-nat­u­ral reg­i­men, do what works best for you, but I did come across two inter­est­ing arti­cles from ehow.com about the usage of cer­tain nat­u­ral oils by Native Amer­i­cans and the dis­tinct ben­e­fits the hair reaps from each of the­se nat­u­ral oils.

1. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona and parts of Mex­i­co. Jojoba oil has been used for hun­dreds of years by Amer­i­can Indi­ans to mois­tur­ize and grow hair. The mol­e­c­u­lar make­up of jojoba has sim­i­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics to the nat­u­ral oil the glands of the scalp pro­duce. Jojoba oil can be pur­chased at herb shops and can be applied direct­ly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite con­di­tion­er to pro­mote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoal­ler­genic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is anoth­er pro­duct used by Native Amer­i­can Indi­ans to pro­mote hair growth and is also an excel­lent mois­tur­iz­er for your hair.

2. Wheat Germ/Aloe Vera/Coconut Milk

Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this pro­duct as a nat­u­ral sham­poo. Aloe vera can be pur­chased at drug­stores and herb shops and can also be applied direct­ly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have pre­vi­ous­ly been blocked and will allow the hair fol­li­cles to grow. The Amer­i­can Indi­ans also used and con­tin­ue to use sev­er­al kinds of oils to pro­mote hair growth such as emu oil, rose­mary oil, and mus­tard oil.

3. Peppermint Oil

A few drops of any of the­se prod­ucts can be mas­saged direct­ly into the scalp to stim­u­late the hair fol­li­cles and pro­mote hair growth. Pep­per­mint oil is also a good scalp stim­u­la­tor but must be dilut­ed before appli­ca­tion. Mix 3 drops of pep­per­mint oil with 3 tea­spoons of water and mas­sage into the scalp. The­se oils can be pur­chased at herb shops and all are hypoal­ler­genic and not harm­ful to the hair or scalp.

4. Lavender Oil/Lavender Water

Laven­der (Lavan­du­la angus­ti­fo­lia or Lavan­du­la offic­i­nal­is), native to the Mediter­ranean, is now grown in tem­per­ate cli­mates world­wide. For cen­turies, laven­der has been used by herbal prac­ti­tion­ers to pre­vent bald­ness and to encour­age new hair growth. Laven­der con­tains potent anti-bac­te­ri­al agents that soothe and heal scalp infec­tions. It is use­ful in treat­ing dan­druff and adds vol­ume to the hair shaft. Place a few sprigs of laven­der in a glass con­tain­er and cov­er with extra-vir­gin olive oil and cov­er tight­ly. Place in a cool, dark spot and allow to age for 3 to 4 weeks. Use the laven­der infused oil as a dai­ly scalp mas­sage. Apply and leave on overnight. In the morn­ing, wash hair with a gen­tle organ­ic sham­poo and style as usu­al.

A dai­ly rin­se of laven­der water (bring water to a boil, add a few sprigs of laven­der, reduce to sim­mer for 20 min­utes, then cool) will impart a delight­ful fra­grance and shine to hair. Apply laven­der as a dai­ly rin­se after sham­poo­ing.

5. Burdock Root Oil

Bur­dock (Arc­tium Lap­pa) root oil, also known as Bur oil is one of the most impor­tant herbs used to restore hair. Bur­dock pro­motes healthy hair by reliev­ing scalp irri­ta­tions and improv­ing blood cir­cu­la­tion to the hair fol­li­cle. Bur­dock root oil sup­plies nat­u­ral phy­tos­terols and impor­tant essen­tial fat­ty acids to hair roots, and has been tra­di­tion­al­ly used to reduce and reverse hair thin­ning. It is a key ingre­di­ent in many hair restora­tion treat­ments.

6. Saw Palmetto

Saw Pal­met­to (Serenoa repens) has been used for cen­turies as both a food sta­ple and as a heal­ing med­i­c­i­nal herb. The herb pro­duces a dark red berry which is dried and then pul­ver­ized into a fine pow­der. Saw pal­met­to is avail­able in sev­er­al forms includ­ing oint­ments, cap­sules, tinc­tures and teas. Recent sci­en­tific stud­ies have shown that Saw Pal­met­to may have ben­e­fi­cial effects for those suf­fer­ing from benign pro­sta­t­ic hyper­plasia (BPH); male pat­tern bald­ness and oth­er con­di­tions asso­ci­at­ed with excess DHT (male hor­mone) pro­duc­tion.

7. Stinging Nettle

Sting­ing Net­tle (Urtica Dio­cia), found grow­ing nat­u­ral­ized across Amer­i­ca, blocks the con­ver­sion of testos­terone into DHT. Exces­sive DHT con­tributes to hair loss in both men and wom­en. Sting­ing net­tle can be pur­chased in either pill or cap­sule form and is said to be more effec­tive when used in com­bi­na­tion with saw pal­met­to. Net­tle can be har­vest­ed in the wild (use gloves as the leaves are cov­ered with tiny hairs that cause a sting­ing sen­sa­tion upon con­tact with human skin). The fresh leaves can be sub­mersed in olive oil in a glass jar. Seal and place in a cool, dark spot for 2 to 3 weeks. Apply the oil in an invig­o­rat­ing scalp mas­sage. Sting­ing net­tle essen­tial oil is fre­quent­ly an ingre­di­ent in organ­ic sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers.

8. Rosemary

Used for cen­turies in cul­tures world­wide to pro­mote hair growth and delay the onset of gray hair, Rose­mary oil stim­u­lates blood cir­cu­la­tion of the scalp. A refresh­ing dai­ly rin­se of rose­mary leaves sim­mered in water retains hair col­or. The rin­se is most effec­tive on dark hair. A few drops of rose­mary oil can be added to olive oil and used as a scalp mas­sage oil.

So inter­est­ing! Ladies, have you tried any of the­se? How do they work on your hair?

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Meditations and Mangoes

Wheat germ oil is one of the high­est sources of nat­u­ral Vit­a­m­in E. This vit­a­m­in makes hair stronger, thus pre­vent­ing break­age. Per­son­al­ly I love the earthy smell also. I mix mine with Rose­hip oil and Rose­mary oil to encour­age growth of stronger and longer nat­u­ral hair.

Nathalie Burnett

My hair has always been my pride and joy. I fig­ured since it is pret­ty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach dam­age. And I fig­ured the mas­ter styl­ist who did all the col­or-cor­rec­tions would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been short­er than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

Gazelle Pezeshkmehr
Hey, I’ve made the same mis­take once so I feel you :( Here’s how I saved my hair. First of, there are 3 oils that need to become your new best friends. Coconut, Argan and Shea but­ter, and here you need to invest! You HAVE to get them all raw, organ­ic and extra Vir­gin, oth­er­wise the process they go through will strip them of the dif­fer­ent fat­ty acids and their nutri­tion­al effects. So go get the­se. Start with wash­ing your hair with bak­ing soda, and con­di­tion it with apple cider vine­gar. This will remove any pro­duct build up. Do this once a… Read more »
Rebecca

I used to be slim in my high school days, but since col­lege I have been gain­ing weight, so much so, that I now look bad, and every­one around is com­ment­ing on my weight. I did try some weight loss pro­grams but hon­est­ly could not stick to any for too long, none of them showed results any­way, and my prob­lem is not solved a bit. Please, please can any­one sug­gest me a good way to lose weight? Thanks in advance.

Emma
This may be too late to respond, but I’ll still give you an answer. 1. Cut all the crap­py foods, junk out. Stop eat­ing sug­ary good such as cakes, can­dies, etc. Eat more healthy food. Veg­gies, fruits, egg, wheat breads, etc. Start cook­ing more like rice with chick­en and veg­gies. 2. Exer­cise! Learn to moti­vate your­self to get up and walk or run out­side or hit up the gym. Do this at least 3 times a week. 3. Drink teas. Teas like oolong is very good for your stom­ach and can aids in many way to “clean” out your stom­ach.… Read more »
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Make mon­ey sell­ing my hair growth oil in your salon!!!

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MedicoMart

It was a great arti­cle. so win­ter ben­e­fi­cial for healthy nat­u­ral hair reg­i­mens too! thanks to share this post.….

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