Scalp Health

6 Benefits of Scalp Exfoliation for Natural Hair Growth + 2 Exfoliation Recipes

Naturally, when one thinks of exfoliating they think of scrubbing down their entire body with an amazing body scrub. However, exfoliating isn’t just for your body and a lot of times it’s forgotten that your scalp is skin too! With naturals using less shampoo and more conditioner to cleanse their scalps during the winter months, buildup... Continue Reading

Viola Davis Reveals Her Longtime Struggle with Alopecia

The Oscar nominated actress and star of the newly debuted Shonda Rhimes series, How to Get Away with Murder, Viola Davis revealed in a recent interview with Vulture that she has endured an ongoing battle with alopecia areata since the age of 28. “I woke up one day and it looked like I had a Mohawk. Big splash... Continue Reading

Scalp Care: How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis

I have previously discussed seborrheic dermatitis which is also known as seborrheic eczema or scalp eczema in some detail and I would highly recommend some extra reading links here and here for those of you who want some extra detail. It remains a very popular topic as it can be difficult to tackle and can... Continue Reading

5 Ways Henna Can Treat Your Hair and Scalp Problems

Though henna’s intended use is for creating intricate, yet beautiful designs on the body, women have been using the natural plant-based dye to remedy other issues with their hair and scalp. Different cultures have been taking advantage of this plant for centuries. Once discovered that henna left a red stain behind when left on objects... Continue Reading

3 Delicious Smoothie Recipes for Growing Hair and Vibrant Skin

Homemade smoothies have been my breakfast of choice for a while now.  (Shout out to Lina for introducing me to the world of green smoothies a few years ago.) You see, the benefits of these beverages are that you can load up on multiple nutrients in one batch AND get a good amount of water into your... Continue Reading

True Life: I Was Diagnosed With Alopecia Areata

by Tori Typically, when people hear the term Alopecia the first things that come to mind are tight ponytails, tight braids, missing edges, etc. This is known as Traction Alopecia, a “small or localized hair loss area caused by repetitive or persistent pulling or force on hair roots” (Cole, 2014). General Information There are several... Continue Reading

How I’m Using Caffeine to Combat Hair Thinning and Alopecia

by Cassandre of CassandreBeccai.com “My hair is thinning.” My husband said (in his lovely British accent) as he stood in front of the bathroom mirror. Yes, it was now apparent. My hubby, just a year shy of 30, was already losing his hair. Androgenic alopecia strikes both males and females and is a reflection of... Continue Reading

Does the “Greenhouse Effect” Really Increase Hair Growth?

By Chinwe of Hair and Health What is the “Greenhouse Effect” (GHE) Method?  In short, it involves sleeping with a shower cap over your hair (or just wearing one for a long period of time) in order to encourage a steamy, warm environment – hence the name “greenhouse effect” – that increases hair growth.  This... Continue Reading

6 Natural Anti-Dandruff Remedies

by Rachel of Beautifully Nappy Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Rinse Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water into a spray bottle. Spray on your hair and scalp. Massage it into your scalp gently. Leave it in your hair for about 5-15mins then rinse. Moisturize as desired (preferably with something light like... Continue Reading

How To Prevent Damage To Your Edges

If you stay ready, You ain’t got to get ready [Repeat 2x] Wise words once spoken by the Oakland born, Compton raised, and Pomona living west coast rapper Suga Free. What exactly does that have to do with natural hair, Christina? For me…everything! It’s really important when it comes to how I go about preserving... Continue Reading

The Link Between Crown Breakage and Porosity in Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health (This article was inspired by a conversation I had with a lovely natural, my sis, Jacqueline.) For some ladies, hair in the crown area is more susceptible to breakage than in other regions of the scalp. The source of this susceptibility may be some sort of trauma and/or damage... Continue Reading

3 Researched Recipes to Regrow Edges and Recover from Shedding

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Are you having difficulty regrowing your edges?  Or maybe you are having a hard time recovering from hair loss or severe shedding?  Well the following recipes may probably help.  (Keep in mind that while these recipes are based on reviewed studies, they are not guaranteed solutions, especially depending on... Continue Reading

7 Herbal Rinses for Hair Growth and Scalp Health

by Kiianah of Rockin’ it Napptural There are many environmental factors that contribute to unhealthy hair. Heat, dry indoor air, hair dyes, shampoos, and styling products can lead to breakage, split ends, stunted growth, dry and brittle natural hair. A hair rinse is a very inexpensive way to treat and strengthen hair and scalp, and... Continue Reading

3 Types of Scalp Irritation and How to Deal with Them

I started to notice that the condition of my scalp impacted my hair routine not long after I had my first chemical relaxer. I was 12 when my hair was first relaxed, so the change in my scalp were probably compounded by factors related to puberty. Still, even after I reached adulthood I noticed changes... Continue Reading

4 Benefits of Grapeseed Oil + How to Use it on Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Many women use olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and even jojoba oil on their hair in some fashion. However, few use or know about grapeseed oil. WHY USE GRAPESEED OIL: 1.  It is inexpensive.  Compared to your more popular hair oils, this one is fairly inexpensive.  Depending on... Continue Reading