Essential oils are extremely potent. They always have to be diluted in a carrier oil before use.
Generally, if you are an adult woman that's not pregnant you should aim to include a total of 12-15 drops for every 30 ml (1 oz.) of carrier oil. If you use too much carrier oil (or too little essential oil) the benefits of the essential oil will be eroded.
Warming the carrier oil before use enhances the effectiveness of the essential oil. However, don't make the carrier oil too hot as you will kill the vitamins and phytochemicals.
USAGE: These are the three main ways to use essential oils for hair.
1. Massage into scalp as often as you remember
Get a small dark plastic (or better glass) bottle and make the following blend.
Massage this into your scalp every night. This 30 ml blend can last upto 2 weeks. Store in a cool dark place.
Alternatively, spare yourself the effort and get Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator which already includes the best blend of these essential oils.
2. Hot Oil Treatment
A hot oil treatment will make your natural hair feel softer and more bouncy. Do the hot oil treatment before your wash routine . Add drops of essential oil to a carrier oil, then baggy your hair with a shower cap for 20 to 30 mins.
For a specific formula see Neno Natural's Growth Boosting Hot Oil Treatment.
3. Add to shampoo or conditioner
Essential oils can be used to boost the performance of your regular shampoo or conditioner. Just add a few drops.
Always add the essential oil to the portion of shampoo or conditioner you want to use rather than to the whole bottle. Use a small mixer bowl or old plastic/glass jar. I use an old espresso cup.
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CHI stands for Ceramic Heating Iron.
CHI is not a brand name and can be applied to any flatiron that uses ceramic plates. The Farouk CHI flatiron is a leading brand in the flatiron space in America, however, not every CHI flatiron belongs to the Farouk brand.
Retailers sometimes prey on customers that don't realise that not all CHI flatirons are Farouk by charging an unnecessary premium on all CHI products.
What are the benefits of ceramic plates?
Ceramic plates are superior to metal plates because they transfer heat more rapidly, more evenly and the level of heat can be regulated better so they are likely to straighten hair better and with the least heat damage.
Is the plate 100% ceramic?
No. In order to create heat metal is needed. Most ceramic irons have aluminium as the base plate and several ceramic layers on top of that. Cheaper ceramic irons will only have a thin ceramic layer which gets eroded after a few months.
When should you replace your ceramic iron?
If you see that the surface of your ceramic iron is uneven, then it's likely that the ceramic layer has been (partly) eroded so it's best to replace it.
An uneven surface will also mean uneven heating as some spots on the iron will get hotter than others. This will increase the likelihood of heat damage and even hair breaking as it gets caught on the eroding plate and snags.
6 to 8 weeks on average and 12 weeks at the very most.
Besides looking messy if you keep plaits in for too long it's also very difficult to diagnose any hair problems if you have extensions.
Hard water could be making your hair brittle or your hair fibres might not be getting enough moisture or protein. To see these issues you need to release your hair from the plaits.
There are things you can do to ensure your hair is doing well as discussed in these two blogs:
I saw the image of the girl on the left on the Neno Natural Facebook Page and shared it thinking it was her real hair and admitting my #HairCrush.
Then someone quickly pointed out they were havana twists and not her real hair and I was surprised because they look sooo real. These are at the top of my list for my next style.
I discovered that havana hair is:
To create the above look you would need 4 to 7 packs depending on how thick your hair is and how densely packed you want your head to look.
Where can you get havana hair?
It seems to be very hard to get. I can't find any on eBay or Amazon and only one site in the US that is selling it. If you know more than me, hola at your girl!
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward
I was a natural hair blogger and mixtress living between London & Chicago from 2012 to 2017. I always thought I was 4C but some say 4B; images below - you decide! Heather xx