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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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NiaJingin*

What abt black Jamaican Cas­tor Oil? i heard its awe­some for hair growth!

lina40

ive tried most of the mix­es on this list except the wheat germ, aloe and coconut milk com­bo. They all work real­ly well. I have been using late­ly an aloe juice/rosewater com­bo with jojoba oil and herbal extracts of bur­dock and laven­der. Extracts are a bit cheap­er than essen­tial oils but they dont have as strong a smell ( also called tinc­tures). The­se have worked won­der­ful­ly for my scalp and hair. I plan to try that com­bo this week­end on my hair and let you all know how it goes :)

Lakitha

I deep con­di­tion with coconut milk and hon­ey.

Therri

I tried using a few drops of rose­mary oil mixed with sweet almond oil once to use on my hair and scalp. I instant­ly got light­head­ed and my head felt real­ly weird. Could that be an aller­gic reac­tion?

Mrs. Ebonee

Rose­mary is used as a dream inducer…it’s said to help you astral fly. You have to be VERY light with it. Too much and you’ll have thore affects. Look it up out­sode of hair uses.

folamix

Also rose­mary should not be used if you have cer­tain health con­di­tions, like epilep­sy or high blood pres­sure

nelle

I’d like to add cod liv­er oil. Not on the hair but as a cap­sule or oil to drink.

Leo the Yardie Chick

I’m on that for health rea­sons, but it real­ly does the hair and skin won­ders. They say the liq­uid is best, but take the cap­sules if the idea of drink­ing two tea­spoons of fish oil makes you scream. =)

LillianMae

My grand­moth­er used to make us take the liq­uid form and she stood there to make sure we swal­lowed! It tast­ed ter­ri­ble, but we were rarely sick!

I take it now as a sup­ple­ment as well, in the cap­sule form :)

jasmine

my grand­moth­er gave us cod liv­er oil mixed with lemon juice and hon­ey every­time we had a cold. worked like a charm. some­times old reme­dies do bet­ter than some of the drugs on the mar­ket.

gorgeoussmile

I’m sur­prised extra vir­gin coconut oil isn’t on this list. I could have sworn coconut oil stim­u­lates the scalp and pro­motes hair grow. Hmp!

gorgeoussmile

*growth

cocobakerchica

I’d also like to add basil oil to this list. Like rose­mary oil, basil oil also stim­u­lates blood cir­cu­la­tion and pro­motes growth. While it’s not an oil, chamomile is also a great hair pro­duct. I add dried chamomile to my aloe vera and veg­etable glyc­er­in spray.

AfroKinkyLove

I use Jojoba Oil at the moment but not tried any of the oth­ers, Can you use the­se whilst preg­nant?

Kery

How did you make your rose­mary oil?

LillianMae

I usu­al­ly buy fresh rose­mary and olive oil, add the rose­mary to a jar w/ a tight lid and fill the oil to cov­er the herb. Cov­er tight­ly with a lid and put it in a dark place for a min­i­mum of two weeks. Shake it at least once a week. The longer you leave it, the more potent it will be. 

I wrote an arti­cle about the ways you can infuse your oils with herbs.
http://www.lillian-mae.com/kitchen-chemist/natural-hair-essentials-olive-oil/

Hyspin

Def­i­nite no on the rose­mary and pep­per­mint. As for Laven­der I think your sup­posed to avoid it when preg­nant just in case it is in essen­tial oil form. As for the oth­ers I not cer­tain. Saw Pal­met­to if I remem­ber cor­rect­ly affects hor­mones so I think it should be no as well.

Hyspin

Aloe vera should be fine though. But you may want to look them up just incase.

Crystal Chanel

love the pic, i got­ta stop by a herbal store

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mangomadness

Pep­per­mint EO feels so good on my scalp. I use a coconut oil/tea tree EO/peppermint EO mix for scalp pre-poos.

mizJazE

Me too! Well not for a pre-poo, but to give my WGO light oil mois­tur­iz­er a more pleas­ant smell and help wake up my scalp.

Leo the Yardie Chick

I’d added pep­per­mint oil to my scalp-mas­sage oil (some coconut/some cas­tor). Seems to help my dry scalp as well as my hair.

MDBrowngirl

Hey! I rec­og­nize your name from OHN. Hi!

nylse

i’ve tried rose­mary oil which i made myself since i have a huge rose­mary bush in my yard. i love the sen­sa­tion and the smell; i’ve tried so many nat­u­ral things from var­i­ous sites, but something’s work­ing because my hair is grow­ing real­ly fast.

JaYcee Walter

Omg what are u using to make ur hair grow real­ly fast, :O I grew mine out for 2 months to have bangs with my hair but the hair­styl­ist chopped my hair hair short and I hate it, I told her not to do that but did it any­ways so please help me I real­ly want to get my hair length back so please thank u and how long did for your hair to grow :)

Ajay

what is omg? means

Azia

it means Oh my god.

Adrienne Michelle

Ooooo, that sounds inter­est­ing. How long have you been using rose­mary in your hair? I’m inter­est­ed in grow­ing my hair back out after a dras­tic hair cut. But I want to do so in a healthy way and form bet­ter habits. When it was long I was styling it too much and I rarely saw growth. This time I want to leave it alone, but also keep my scalp healthy with nat­u­ral prod­ucts. And if I can make them myself (low bud­get) all the more bet­ter!

ElleBelle

I swear by rose­mary oil. When I first start­ed my tran­si­tion and wore my hair straight. I mas­saged [my scalp] with olive oil infused with rose­mary 3 days a week.

sama

Try New KANCHI INDIAN OIL, beleive me or not it works.

to buy here is hint http://www.kanchiindianoil.us

sama

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