The Summer Edition of Naturally Happy Hair magazine is out! I contributed to this one and you can read it alongside some other great articles at NaturallyHappyHair.com. Here are the first few lines of my article...
"I'll be the first to admit that holidays were a little simpler when my hair was relaxed. Now that I'm natural and only apply products that won't hurt my hair some pre-planning comes in useful. Here are the considerations for a natural haired girl:
1. Convenience. Do you want to have a break from hair management too?
2. Weather. What will the weather be like?
3. Activities. Will you be swimming and therefore immersing your hair in salty or chlorinated water regularly?
4. Products. How much and what should you take?!"
It's such a fun magazine and a great resource for naturals.
I first tried to use KCCC when I was transitioning and I looked silly! The relaxed ends looked like a wet chicken's bum hairs! That was 2 years ago. I decided to see how it would look on my hair now.
1. It allowed a wash and go
The main benefits is that it allowed me to wash and go without twisting or plaiting my hair. Normally I don't do this because my hair shrinks to much make it much harder to handle on day two.
Importantly keep in mind that KCCC does NOT change your curl pattern. If your hair is kinky it will still look kinky NOT curly. My hair at the back is wavy not curly that's why you may have noticed the hair flopping into my neck whilst the hair at the front stands upright.
I get A LOT of email from people complaining that their hair is not developing a good curl pattern. Lots of 4C hair doesn't curl, it kinks and that is A-okay, learn to love it!
2. Dries fast and doesn't leave residue
I like that it dried reasonably fast without leaving white residues.
2. Reduced wash & go matting
KCCC also reduced the degree to which my hair gets matted when I go to bed especially when I wash and go.
That said, if you will need to do a protective style don't use KCCC because despite my beyond-shoulder length hair I could not bring my hair together. I need to re-wash an stretch my hair.
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So, Harry and I go for a walk to the park and we take a route that we always avoid. We come across a bed with a note saying take it and I was like, "whatever, let someone else take it".
On the way back, over an hour later, the bed is STILL there so I decided it's fate, we have to take it!
At first, I carried the bed's ends but they were quite heavy so we swapped and I took the base. Although it was lighter it was quite cumbersome to carry and the only place it felt comfortable was on my head. It just fell on the 'fro like a pillow! Here's how it went down!
Yes, this is a vaginal cream for people with a fungal infection in that area but some people have been using it for their hair!!!
What is the active ingredient in this?
What is miconazole nitrate designed for?
It has anti-fungal properties and is used to treat a variety of yeast infections including:
How does monistat help with hair growth?
The hypothesis of Dr. Mohsin Mir, a medical dermatologist at Baylor College of Medicine is that miconazole nitrate might reduce the number of “hair loss” receptors, and this in turn reduces hair breakage leading to faster hair growth and better length retention.
According to WiseGeek.com, it might work by dilating the blood vessels and increasing the supply of oxygen to the scalp.
Are there any side effects?
Yes! Reported side effects include:
Should you try it?
I can see how it might be tempting but I would say, NO! It's a chemical that hasn't been approved for scalp use so why would you want to go there? If you want to grow your hair go for more natural methods like those discussed in What Type of Scalps Grow Long Hair?!
If you do use it read the usage and dosage instructions carefully. Importantly, note that it doesn't actually work on everyone!
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WebMD. Drugs & Medications - miconazole nitrate
WiseGeek. How Effective Is Miconazole for Hair Growth?
BaylorClinic. Moshin Mir, MD
Your hair tips are the oldest section of hair and therefore the most vulnerable to breakage, split ends and fraying. To stop this from happening you need to give the tips extra moisture. Even when your hair is in braids or twists hydrate the ends at least every other day with a hair cream or a leave-in conditioner.
New growth is much less vulnerable to dryness because sebum (the oil naturally produced by the scalp) can travel part of the way up the hair shaft. In addition, new growth is stronger and more resistant and protected from the elements.
In contrast, hair ends are more exposed and the kinks, curls and coils of natural black hair make it difficult for sebum to travel all the way to the tips. Here are some solutions:
Although new growth is less vulnerable, I personally encourage my hair to grow by massaging our essential oil infused hair oil, Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator, into the scalp.
Even if you have braids with extra hair/mesh attached, treat the plaits as though they were your hair by spritzing daily and applying a leave-in condition conditioner, oil and cream regularly. Your ends will thank you by not breaking off!
This is a quick and easy hair-do that you can do on shrunken, stretched or twisted hair. Using a scarf helps to ensure that your edges aren't pulled to tightly.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward