Natural Hair & Care

Sodium Hydroxide and You October 25, 2009

Filed under: hair products,natural,natural hair care,perms — R.D. @ 5:28 pm

FYI, Sodium Hydroxide is an active ingredient in lye relaxers.

From a recent g-chat conversation:

Annie: dude, you know that chemical in straightening product — sodium hydroxide?
me: yah
Annie: do you know that it can be used to dissolve bodies?!
me: WHAT? please send a link
Annie: from wiki:
“This is a process that was used with farm animals at one time. This process involves the placing of a carcass into a sealed chamber, which then puts the carcass in a mixture of sodium hydroxide and water, which breaks chemical bonds keeping the body intact. This eventually turns the body into a coffee-like liquid, and the only solid that remains are bone hulls which could be crushed between one’s fingertips. It is also of note that sodium hydroxide is frequently used in the process of decomposing roadkill dumped in landfills by animal disposal contractors”

it is used to dissolve ROADKILL
“Sodium hydroxide has also been used by criminals to dispose of their victims’ bodies”
me: things that make you go hmmmm.

The Princess and The Frog August 12, 2009

Filed under: children,hair oil,hair products,natural,natural hair care — R.D. @ 5:14 pm


To celebrate the release of Disney’s latest film, The Princess and The Frog, Carol’s daughter has launched a line of hair products that are aimed at young African American princesses. The film, which will feature Disney’s first African American princess-Princess Tiana- boasts a casts that includes the voices of Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey. The line of products, which are adorned with scenes from the movie, includes shampoo, conditioner, detangler and bubble bath. Keeping with the company’s commitment to natural ingredients, the products include ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, cranberry extract, sunflower seed oil and olive oil. While the products will be launched in October, the film is slated for release on December 11th!


Lock Maintenance February 27, 2009

Dear sisters,

Many of you have approached me and asked me to ask how to start your locks. I have been trying to think about the advice that was most helpful to me when I was starting my locks. I have synthesized my thoughts into a short list. Let me know if this helps.

1. This is my second time having locks. Each time I have started my locks I have gone to a salon to begin the process them. I do this because it helps to have your hair parted evenly. Decisions that you make in the early phases of the process will greatly affect the way that your locks develop.

2.You should know that in the very beginning of the process, your locks may unravel each time that you twist them. BE PATIENT. After a while, some locks will remain twisted.

3. Eventually, more and more of your locks will remain twisted.

4. If having your locks unravel each time that you get your hair done is discouraging to you, there are many alcohol based cleansers that you can use to clean your scalp.olive-oil

5. It is necessary for you to wash your hair as often as you would if you were not in the locking process. Do not believe people who tell you that your hair must remain unwashed. This is simply untrue.

6. Remember to moisturize your scalp.

7. To retwist your locks after they have unraveled, there are two options:

Twist and pin: you will need pins that you can purchase at any beauty supply store and a twisting aid. I like to use Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil. There are a number of products on the market.

The Twist and Pin Method

1. Apply cream to root of the hair and twist it clockwise firmly.

2. Use a hair pin to hold the twist (at the root) so it doesn’t unravel.

3. You can sit under a dryer or use a hair dryer to set the twists.

The twists are not dreads when they are first made and will be delicate while they are locking. It is a good idea to sleep with a scarf or stocking over the dreads to prevent them from picking up fuzzies.

The Finger Twisting Method

This method is best used when the locks are past their initial stage and do not unravel immediately after being twisted.

1.  Twist the hair around and around clockwise.  Use root stimulator with your fingers and twist it into the hair to help hold it in place.

2. You will need to retwist often at the beginning of the process. Eventually you will need to retwist less and less.

More to come!


Black hairstorian


Lola, you have great hair! January 26, 2009

[Chris Rock, Lola(C) and Zahra(R)]

Lola is the muse behind Rock’s film Good Hair

Dressing Your Hair January 15, 2009

Filed under: fashion,hair products — R.D. @ 2:16 am
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As the winter blankets everything in cold and darkness I am adorning myself with feathers. Feathered earrings are my current favorite and I am now jumping on the feathered head band wagon (a little late I admit).

I am sure that you have seen these headbands. They made their debut over the summer. It often takes me a little longer to imagine certain trends on myself. I think that these picks would accent a simple up-do, bun, or pulled back hair style. While they can be used to add color to your outfit on a night out, feathered head bands are are great way to add flair to a causal outfit.

These headbands range in price and can be anywhere from $16(
) to $50(


Make Your Scalp Happy January 11, 2009

Filed under: hair oil,hair products,natural hair care — R.D. @ 11:35 pm
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I am often shopping at drug stores or in my friend’s closets for something that will quench my scalp’s thirst. Usually, when I apply an oil/moisturizer to my scalp before going to bed, all traces of the product have disappeared by morning. Recently, I saw Dr. Miracle products in my sister’s bedroom and thought I should give it a try. WE HAVE THIS WEEK’S WINNER! As I am writing to you my scalp is tingling! I have been using Dr.Miracle’s Gro Oil for two weeks now and recommend that you try it. When I use this oil my scalp is moisturized for at least 3 or 4 days and my locks have a wonderful, healthy sheen. The tingling sensation is caused by Dr. Miracle’s “Feel It” formula which promotes “strong growing hair and healthy scalp”. The oil can be used daily before styling or as a hot oil treatment when you are washing your hair. Before going to bed, I strongly recommend tying your hair with a scarf so that you do not also moisturize and strengthen your pillowcase or ruin your sheets. The oil will stain your pillowcases if you do not wrap your hair. The best thing about this product is that it is recommended for relaxed, braided, weaved and natural hair!

$: 7.99


Black Hair Care Basics January 8, 2009

Black Hair Care Basics

Many of my girl friends who are thinking about transitioning to their natural hair have said that it would take too much to manage their natural hair. I understand where this statement comes from. Many of us have simply never learned how to care for our natural hair as it has been labeled by many as tough or unmanageable and tamed and hidden with a variety of hair care products. To get us started on loving and caring for our hair I would like to share some advice from

All phrases that I have added have been italicized. Certain phrases have been highlighted in bold for emphasis.

Hair care basics

useful for all natural hair styles: braids, locks, twists, etc.
You should picture your hair as a collection of fine fibers. You should treat it as gently as you would a fine washable silk blouse. The better you treat your hair, the easier it will be to grow and the better it will look. African hair will tend to be dryer and more prone to breakage because the structure makes it more difficult for the oils to work their way from the scalp to the ends of the hair. If you relax your hair, you’ve weakened the hair and reduced the ability for the scalp to naturally oil it. The points where the hair curls and twists are also points where the hair tends to break. The more of these points (as in African hair), the more the hair is prone to breakage. Also, because our hair is kinky, it tends to tangle more and pulling these tangles out can cause breakage.
  • Either section the hair and plait it, tie it back or wrap it up using a scarf before going to bed, this will reduce the number of tangles you have to comb out the next morning, reducing the chances of breaking your hair.

  • Sleep with a satin scarf or sleep cap on your head or with a satin pillow case. This helps avoid split ends caused by the rubbing of your hair against a “rough” cotton pillow case. It also avoids moisture being wicked out of your hair into your cotton pillow case.
  • Wash your hair no more often than every week to week and a half. More than that can dry it out.
  • Comb your hair out while you’re conditioning it to remove the tangles while it’s wet and relatively slick.
  • Oil your scalp on a regular basis with a good natural oil like shea butter. A daily moisturizer is not a bad idea. I will suggest some great daily moisturizers in an upcoming post.
  • Do a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment once a month.
  • Massage your scalp on a regular basis to promote circulation and oil production.
  • Avoid overuse of products with mineral oil or petroleum. They tend to block the pores and are not readily absorbed. If your mother used Vaseline® on your hair, stop.
  • If you exercise and sweat, rinse the salt out of your hair even if you don’t wash it. Condition it afterward with a daily leave-in conditioner.
  • Always use a leave-in conditioner after washing your hair.
  • Put as little heat as possible on your hair. Heat, especially combined with perms is very damaging to hair.
  • Avoid alcohol based products unless you have a need for a water-free shampoo to cleanse your scalp (for example while you’re waiting for your locks to lock).
  • Remember that water (moisture) is your friend and get plenty- inside and out. If you used to press your hair or blow it out and learned to fear water on your hair because it would draw up, you need to get over this. Spritzing a little water on your hair every day is a good idea. Get a spray bottle and just spray it just a little.
  • Eat a proper diet. Vitamins and protein are essential for proper hair growth.
  • Find a style that works with your natural hair type and growth pattern. The less you work against your hair, the less stressed it will be.