Coconut Oil

50 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

via Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out. You’ve heard good things about it and now you have a tub of it sitting in your pantry. So how do you use coconut oil? We asked our Facebook fans and coworkers how they use coconut... Continue Reading

5 Oils that are Great for Hair *and* Skin

via If you have oily skin and then you have probably been conditioned to believe that oil (whether it came from your own pores or from outside sources) is the enemy. And if you think about it, oil in reference to skin is not the only oil that gets a bad rap. Only recently... Continue Reading

3 Alternatives to Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

By Chinwe of Hair and Health While extra virgin coconut oil is a favorite of many naturals, it is not quite liked by others.  After all, no two heads of hair are exactly the same.  That being said, what is a woman to do when she wants some of the benefits of extra virgin coconut... Continue Reading

The Cheapest Place to Buy Coconut Oil and 5 Other Natural Hair Essentials

By Christina of The Mane Objective Whether your hair is relaxed, natural, tex-laxed, transitioning, heat styled, braided, weaved or wigged, we as women face an undeniable fact — hair care and products can be expensive. Some folks even have to write their hair into their budgets as its own line item, right behind rent, gas, car... Continue Reading

3 Easy-To-Make Homemade Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health For some of us, going natural did not stop with our hair.  It continued with a move towards mixing our own “natural” products.  While numerous recipes exist on the internet, few are actually both simple AND effective in meeting the needs of our natural hair.  If you are new to... Continue Reading

3 Cheap Alternatives to Expensive Natural Hair Conditioners

By Christina of The Mane Objective Let’s be honest here — there is big money in the haircare industry. And at one time or another, we all fall prey to the alluring claims of “hair is 873% stronger after just one use!”, and fancy packaging touting super-ingredients and exotic oils. Many times, those dazzling products come... Continue Reading

What’s the Best Way to Apply Coconut Oil to Natural Hair?

The Beauty Brains tackles another interesting question! Check it out: CYW asks: Is using coconut oil as a pre-poo or a leave in after shampoo/cond going to benefit my hair the most? The Right Brain responds: We’ve blogged before about how coconut oil is effective at treating hair damage. That’s because it’s one of the... Continue Reading

Purchase or Pass? 13 Oils & Butters Listed in Order of Effectiveness

Editor’s Note: This list is SUBJECTIVE and based on the experience of the author. It serves as an EXAMPLE of how to critically assess products in your hair regimen. By Jc of The Natural Haven Bloom In general, having many products (product junkies) many of which you do not use is not encouraged. However, without trying... Continue Reading

4 Cheap Oils That Work Incredibly Well

By Christina (pictured above) of The Mane Objective When looking for products to preserve moisture, add shine, seal, or treat dry scalp, we often hit the nearest Target or local beauty supply store in search of a bottle of “Random Ingredients Moisturizing Spray”, or “Miracle Oil Mix”. Often times, these products tout heavyweights like coconut,... Continue Reading

7 Best Oils for Natural Hair

By Dr. Phoenyx Austin You don’t always have to buy fancy, big name hair products for your hair. Sometimes the best products are actually very simple and found in your local Whole Foods store. What are these simple hair products? Well they’re natural oils. I’m a natural haired woman and know first-hand that natural oils... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Fix Your Conditioner

By Jc of The Natural Haven It can take a long time to search and find your perfect staple conditioner and becoming a product junkie is very easy especially in the first two years of being natural. This is a trial and error process and you can end up with many products in the ‘do... Continue Reading

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

By Audrey Sivasothy, author of The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care Coconut oil has many benefits for black and textured hair types. Over the years, considerable research has been conducted to better understand the oil and its benefits in hair care. Recent research points to coconut oil‘s benefits as both... Continue Reading

A Guide to Ayurvedic Ingredients for Natural Hair

By Jc of The Natural Haven Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicinal system. The emphasis is on utilising natural plants and fruits as well as living in harmony with nature. From Breakink New Ground; Ayurveda (which means “Science of Life”) is an intricate system of traditional medicine native to India. It is a complete approach... Continue Reading

How Oil Penetrates the Hair

By Jc of The Natural Haven How long does it take for an oil to penetrate hair? In scientific studies, the method used was a copy of the traditional Indian women’s technique where coconut oil is applied to hair the night before the wash (Journal of Cosmetic Science pg 169-184,2001). This overnight time period is... Continue Reading

Penetrating Oils vs Coating Oils: Which are Better?

Style Icon Imaan Oils such as coconut oil are known to penetrate hair while others such as sunflower oil simply form a coating on the top of hair. I have noticed a trend of women choosing penetrating oils over those that do not and therefore the question arises, are penetrating oils really better for your... Continue Reading