Diet and Hair

What goes into your body is as important to your hair as those weekly deep conditions.

Our bodies are like a big factory. Everything that goes into our bodies is used for many different purposes like keeping your bones and muscles healthy and providing nutrients for your hair and skin.

I’m no dietician but I know that keeping a healthy, balanced diet can be beneficial for your hair as well as overall health. I say a “balanced” diet because who doesn’t like to have a juicy cheeseburger and some greasy fries every now and then? I say junk food isn’t so bad as long as you don’t have it all the time.

Here is an article I came across and some of the foods mentioned were very shocking.

Best and Worst Foods for Healthy Hair

If you are transitioning or are already going natural, think about ways you can make your life even healthier than it already is. What are some things you can cut down on or even start doing to make your life as happy and healthy as possible.

The most important thing, in my opinion, is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drink lots of water, especially now in the summer time where the heat and humidity can be exhausting.

Natural Deep Conditioners Using Household Products

When I first decided to go natural, I had this idea that I was going to have to buy all these high end hair products for my hair to go back to its natural state.

There are so many natural ingredients that are beneficial to your hair health.

Here are some recipe’s to keep your hair strong and moisturized.

Banana-Oatmeal Deep Conditioner

1 Over ripe banana

1/2 Cup of oatmeal*

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

1 Tablespoon of Honey

Soak oatmeal in water for 3-5 minutes then blend and strain water leaving enough to make the oatmeal a creamy texture.

Directions:

Mix evenly so you have a creamy consistency. Apply to damp hair and comb through with your fingers. Once the conditioner is throughout your hair, massage your scalp for 3-5 minutes to increase blood flow to the scalp. This helps your hair take in all the moisture from the conditioner.

After your massage, you can either put your hair in a loose bun or quick twists and wrap it in a plastic cap. Leave in for 40 – 60 minutes.

You can also sit under a hair dryer on low for 30 minutes.

Then rinse and wash as usual.

The only thing I don’t like about this deep conditioner is how the pieces of oatmeal tend to stay in your hair so I try to blend the oatmeal until its mostly liquid and rinse thoroughly after use. Other than that, this deep conditioner is great to plump up those curls.

Mayo – Olive Oil Deep Conditioner

1/2 Cup of regular mayonnaise (not light)

Can also use the olive oil mayo (green cap)

1 Egg yolk

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 Tablespoon of castor oil

1 Tablespoon of raw honey

Directions:

Mix all ingredients evenly, you can give or take with the measurements depending on how much you want and the consistency you want. It can always be stored in a zip lock bag or mason jar and kept in the fridge for later use.

Apply to damp hair in sections and massage through scalp. Wrap hair and leave in for 30 – 45 mins.

Onion Deep Conditioner

1 Small onion

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup Raw Honey or Agave

Directions:

Chop onion into smaller pieces and blend. Add coconut oil then honey or agave to your blender. There should be no chunks of anything in your mixture. If the mixture is too watery, you can add some of your favorite deep conditioner or regular conditioner to give it a thicker consistency.

Apply to damp hair in sections and massage through scalp. Wrap hair and leave in for 30 – 40 minutes.

If you feel your scalp start to burn or feel irritated, rinse immediately. It should feel refreshing.

There are so many more natural ingredients you can use as deep conditioners. I try to do one natural deep conditioner every month to keep my curls healthy and flourishing.

I hope this was helpful!

@Yo.Shea.Naturals

As a natural enthusiast, I love learning about natural, organic products. There are a whole bunch of small businesses out there who sell home-made skin care products. It makes the search for the perfect product much more difficult than it should be.

I love, love, love organic products.
My family suffers from eczema which is a skin condition where the skin becomes rough, inflamed or irritated with no clear external cause. My mom’s skin flares up when she eats anything with gluten and is exposed to the sun.

When I came across @yo.shea.naturals on Instagram, I was curious to try it for myself and for my family. Yoni, the owner, was so generous and sent me a few samples of her body butters, body scrub, and hair elixir.

Yo Shea Naturals Website

Let me just say, I fell in love with these products after the first use!

Here are my thoughts:

Body Butter

I received vanilla and cranberry scented body butters.

Pros

Consistency. It rubs on the skin smoothly. Some people may describe this butter as being too oily, but that’s all depending on preference and the condition of your skin.

Moisture. After applying the body butter, there is no need for me to moisturize again during the day because my skin retains all the moisture. It looks and feels amazing.

Reduces scars with help from the body scrub.

Cons

Fragrance is irritating to my mom’s skin (this is my mom’s experience because of her eczema, my skin loves the butter)

Body Scrub

Cranberry scented scrub smells great and leaves my skin feeling brand new.

Pros

Less ingrown hairs. The grains of sugar in this scrub are kind of thick (consistency of brown sugar) which is a great exfoliant. Over time, the appearance of scars and darkened skin (like elbows and knees) begin to brighten.

Helps heal dry skin. This scrub is so moisturizing that I don’t even need to moisturize after I shower. The combination of oils in it is the magic.

Hair Elixir

The mixture smells like nature and keeps my scalp feeling refreshed.

I can’t say if I’ve seen any growth in my hair because I didn’t measure it before I began using the elixir. The change I did notice in my hair is its thickness. My hair feels much fuller, with more volume, and my curls are more defined.

These products are also very cheap ranging between $5-$20. I definitely recommend it for anyone with dry skin who isn’t sensitive to fragranced products.