Why Should We Deep Condition Our Hair?

Deep conditioning (DC) is important to maintaining healthy and happy hair – natural or relaxed. If performed on a regular basis, this treatment helps our hair retain moisture and protects it “deep” within the fiber to support the hair until the next treatment. The protective action of regular conditioners last only a few days. Therefore, … Continue reading Why Should We Deep Condition Our Hair?

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5 Essential Oils Your Natural Hair Will Love!

It’s time to step your oil game up! Not only is it inexpensive, it’s essential to the overall health of your natural hair. There are a lot of different oils out there, but there is a handful I believe work best and provide a wide-range of benefits.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is one of the best oils for moisturizing dry hair. It’s packed with great vitamins like B, D, & E that keep hair healthy and strong.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)

This is one of my favorite oils because of its thick texture. It’s great for sealing ends and because it promotes growth, it’s a great oil to use as a hot oil treatment. JBCO is also known for repairing damaged hair.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil! A natural’s favorite. Coconut oil has many uses from promoting hair growth, moisturizing, to preventing breakage. It’s basically an all in one package. If you’re not one to use a lot of different products, this is the oil for you. It can be used for hair, skin, nails, cooking – you name it and coconut oil can do it!

Peppermint Oil

I wouldn’t put this oil directly on your hair, but it’s great for the scalp. Use peppermint oil to stimulate hair growth and keep your scalp from creating build up. Remember to dilute with another oil or water. I made the mistake of putting it directly on and I nearly burned my scalp to a crisp. Learn from my mistake and dilute, dilute, dilute!

Olive Oil

Olive Oil is considered to be the “godmother” of hair oil. Like coconut oil, this is a staple for most naturals. It’s the one oil everyone is familiar with and is most likely in your kitchen right now. This is great to use for deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, or simply to seal in moisture from your leave-in conditioner.

Remember you can always mix and match your oils. Create your own concoction that meets the needs of your own hair. I use these oils separately, but I also have a mix I use for different things, so experiment!

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It’s time to step your oil game up! Not only is it inexpensive, it’s essential to the overall health of your natural hair. There are a lot of different oils out there, but there is a handful I believe work best and provide a wide-range of benefits. Try using these five oils your hair will love you for!

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is one of the best oils for moisturizing dry hair. It’s packed with great vitamins like B, D, & E that keep hair healthy and strong.

RELATED: How To Go Natural For CHEAP! [ORIGINAL]

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)

This is one of my favorite oils because of its thick texture. It’s great for sealing ends and because it promotes growth, it’s a great oil to use as a hot oil treatment. JBCO is also known for repairing damaged hair.

RELATED: 5 Great Products To Keep Natural Hair…

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Black Hair: My Wash Day Regimen

DSCF0378[1]So today is wash day! Keep reading to find out what I use to shampoo my hair.

In previous posts I already mentioned that I only shampoo my hair once a month; because of that, my shampooing process is more extensive to make sure I get rid of all the product and build up from the month, and to make sure I am not to harsh on my hair in the process.

The first step is the pre-poo which is basically a hot oil treatment that coats your strands so that the shampoo doesn’t overly strip your hair of its natural oils (basically acting like a barrier). This is also a great time to give yourself a scalp massage, which increases blood flow to the scalp, and aids in hair growth.

The oils I use are EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil), JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), and Darcy’s Botanicals Peppermint Scalp Elixir.

You will also need an applicator bottle.

 

The Tee-Hive

So today is wash day! Keep reading to find out what I use to shampoo my hair.

In previous posts I already mentioned that I only shampoo my hair once a month; because of that, my shampooing process is more extensive to make sure I get rid of all the product and build up from the month, and to make sure I am not to harsh on my hair in the process.

The first step is the pre-poo which is basically a hot oil treatment that coats your strands so that the shampoo doesn’t overly strip your hair of its natural oils (basically acting like a barrier). This is also a great time to give yourself a scalp massage, which increases blood flow to the scalp, and aids in hair growth.

The oils I use are EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil), JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil), and Darcy’s Botanicals Peppermint…

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They were freed from Boko Haram’s rape camps. But their nightmare isn’t over

For months, they were kept in tiny thatched huts in the middle of the forest, waiting with dread each evening for their rapists to return. During the almost intolerable violence, the young women's minds drifted to escape or death. The victims were as young as 8. ... At night, Hamsatu heard helicopters and gunshots. Several … Continue reading They were freed from Boko Haram’s rape camps. But their nightmare isn’t over

Expert panel urges no letup on Ebola vaccine progress

Experts say the world cannot ease up on efforts to fully develop Ebola vaccines. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) this week ended the global health emergency over Ebola, the world cannot ease up on efforts to maximize development of Ebola vaccines and prepare for the next outbreak, according to an expert panel. A report … Continue reading Expert panel urges no letup on Ebola vaccine progress

West African Ebola survivors

Ebola ravaged countries like Sierra Leone, needs Ophthalmologists, eye doctors for Epidemic’s Survivors

  Mo is an Ebola survivor who is slowly going blind. (Emily Baumgaertner)  Mo scratches at his eyes, his burning photophobia triggered in the sunlight. My instinct is to bat his hand away, to warn him, “You’ll scratch your cornea!”, but I bite my tongue. A corneal abrasion would hardly exacerbate the fact that he … Continue reading Ebola ravaged countries like Sierra Leone, needs Ophthalmologists, eye doctors for Epidemic’s Survivors

Is the Ebola Virus Hiding in the Eyes of the Epidemic’s Survivors? – The Atlantic

Some West Africans who have beat the deadly disease are now going blind—and doctors, unsure if treatment would unleash the virus back into the population, are powerless to help them. Exactly one year after the physician and Ebola survivor Ian Crozier woke from his coma, I met him at an immunology conference in Raleigh, North … Continue reading Is the Ebola Virus Hiding in the Eyes of the Epidemic’s Survivors? – The Atlantic

How the cost of Ebola damaged the entire African economy 

Short memories and shorter media cycles mean that the West African Ebola crisis is now considered ‘fixed’. Several countries have been now declared free of the disease. But the recent outbreak of Zika provides a reminder of the cost of major outbreaks of serious infectious diseases. First, the direct costs of containing and controlling the … Continue reading How the cost of Ebola damaged the entire African economy 

Woman dies of Ebola in Liberia; West African country had been declared free from transmission | The Seattle Times

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, the World Health Organization said Friday, a setback for the country which had been declared free from Ebola transmissions in January. Health authorities at the Redemption Hospital in the densely-populated New Kru Town suburbs of Monrovia said a 30-year-old woman died … Continue reading Woman dies of Ebola in Liberia; West African country had been declared free from transmission | The Seattle Times

Living With the Kinks: Hairstyles, Quick Natural Up-dos & Twists

Someone mentioned, in one of my Google+ communities, how protective hairstyles would keep me level-headed on the matter of giving up when I’m at the state of not knowing what to do with my hair. I am, without a doubt, not going to toss all this time I’ve invested in this natural journey and go … Continue reading Living With the Kinks: Hairstyles, Quick Natural Up-dos & Twists

Officials: Number of New Ebola Cases in W. Africa Declining

WASHINGTON—The good news from West Africa began trickling in last week. The Ebola coordinator at the Guinean Health Ministry said Tuesday in Paris that the numbers of new cases are declining in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Guinean Health Ministry official Aboubakar Sidiki Diakite said, "The figures are declining because the number of confirmed cases … Continue reading Officials: Number of New Ebola Cases in W. Africa Declining

Patient Zero in Ebola outbreak was Guinean toddler

LONDON (AP) — In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control.   International aid workers who recently visited Meliandou say nothing is normal anymore and that families have been ripped apart by the devastating toll of … Continue reading Patient Zero in Ebola outbreak was Guinean toddler

Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

CHICAGO (Reuters) - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body. The study published Wednesday is based on data gathered from 106 patients … Continue reading Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

Ebola Death Toll 2014: How Many People Have Really Died From Ebola Virus?

2014 Outbreak: Cases listed below include confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola as of October 19, 2014 (World Health Organization and CDC): Guinea - 1540 cases, 904 deaths Liberia - 4665 cases, 2705 deaths Nigeria - 20 cases, 8 deaths Senegal - 1 case, 0 deaths (infection originated in Guinea) Sierra Leone - 3706 … Continue reading Ebola Death Toll 2014: How Many People Have Really Died From Ebola Virus?

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Read this to get a better understanding of how Ebola spreads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Sunday that a nurse at a Dallas hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola last week, was the first person to become infected with the virus on U. S. soil. The nurse reportedly wore a gown, gloves, a mask and a face shield while … Continue reading Read this to get a better understanding of how Ebola spreads

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How did the Ebola outbreak start? It likely started at a funeral in Sierra Leone

The current Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa likely began at the funeral of a healer in Sierra Leone. “The funeral was for an herbalist or traditional medicine practitioner in Koindu, a town in Sierra Leone,” says Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University. “The herbalist had treated several patients from neighboring … Continue reading How did the Ebola outbreak start? It likely started at a funeral in Sierra Leone

Jamaica’s Health Minister, Fenton Ferguson, calls for sustained island-wide community clean-up

ST THOMAS, Jamaica — Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says efforts to clean-up communities and destroy mosquito breeding sites should be ongoing all year round. Ferguson was speaking during today’s clean-up activity in select communities in St Thomas. He said the idea is to demonstrate the Government’s commitment while motivating citizens to take their … Continue reading Jamaica’s Health Minister, Fenton Ferguson, calls for sustained island-wide community clean-up