Jojoba Oil

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Basically, jojoba oil is golden yellow oil that is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. This plant grows in Mexico, Arizona, and California as a perennial shrub. Now, it is being grown in other parts of the world as well for its cosmetic and medicinal properties.Jojoba oil is extremely beneficial for your hair. If you suffer from hair loss, greasy hair or just dry and damaged hair, jojoba oil can definitely help you out.It’s versatility makes it one of the most used ingredients in hair products like shampoos and conditioners and its influence is still growing stronger and stronger in the industry. There are multiple reasons why jojoba oil is used so extensively in all kinds of hair products.

Here are a few ideas:

It deeply moisturises your scalp.Your scalp needs to be moisturised well just like your skin. Dry scalp is usually mistaken as dandruff, causing flaky and “tight” skin and also severe itching. Using jojoba oil moisturises your scalp deep down to its pores and doesn’t evaporate, unlike other water-based moisturisers, this means it seals in the moisture. This causes a deep and lasting moisturizing effect and balances the pH levels of your scalp.

If you constantly have dull and dry hair, jojoba oil is definitely the way to go. Also, if your hair is weak and brittle, it can also help by strengthening the follicle shaft. Since it is 100% natural, you can reuse it over and over again without the danger of harsh chemicals further irritating your scalp.

It prevents hair from looking greasy or oily. Oily scalp problems are hard to deal with, especially if you have long hair. Most of the products that promise you grease-free hair usually ends up over-drying them instead. Shampooing also doesn’t help, as it dries out your hair and makes it look dull and unhealthy, and conditioning may make your hair greasier than ever.

So what’s the solution?

This is where jojoba oil steps in. Jojoba oil helps control the sebum production of the scalp. It helps to balance the sebum production in the scalp and helps promote a healthy shine to your hair and also regulates the flow of sebum in clogged pores. This way, it balances the amount of oil on your scalp perfectly. Jojoba oil prevents and stops hair loss and thinning of hair, which is often caused by blocked hair follicles, causing it to break off. Hair growth can also be adversely effected if too many pores are clogged with sebum.

As stated above, jojoba oil can dissolve and clear these blockages which in turn reduces hair loss. Conditions like psoriasis and scalp dermatitis which may cause hair loss can also be treated with jojoba oil because of its anti-fungal properties. Besides that, jojoba oil helps stimulate and promote new hair growth because it encourages the development of new hair cells and helps improve micro-circulation in the scalp.

Here are some tips on how to use jojoba oil for your hair.

Prior to shampooing, warm the jojoba oil and then rub it into your scalp. A few drops are usually sufficient for this. Leave it for 30 minutes or so and then you can start shampooing. If your shampoo doesn’t contain jojoba oil already, you can mix it with a teaspoon of jojoba oil and thoroughly but gently scrub it on your scalp and hair.

After a few minutes, rinse off carefully with a towel. Do not re-shampoo or it will dry out your hair. For better results, apply one or two drops to your hair after this to get a healthy shine. Integrating jojoba oil into your hair routine is definitely a no-brainer. It mixes well with all sorts of shampoo or you can use it on its own if you avoid chemical based products. With all the great benefits jojoba oil can offer, you are guaranteed that your hair will have a healthy and natural appearance in an inexpensive and more importantly, natural way.

Dealing with Hair beakage

Lately, I’ve been receiving emails from readers who’re unclear about dealing with breakage. I realize most ladies confuse breakage with shedding and I’ll try to address shedding in subsequent posts.

Understanding Hair breakage

While hair shedding is natural, breakage is not cos it is an indication or pointer to to an imbalance within the hair strands. Oftentimes, breakage occurs from mishandling, abuse or lack of moisture. When it occurs, the strands become discolored and experiences cuticle loss. As a result, the strands begin to split and leads to breakage. Breakage also occurs with the oldest part of your hair i.e. the ends due to normal wear and tear arising from constant and continuous rubbing against your clothing materials. You can now understand the reason why protective styling is popular amongst hair bloggers. Excessive protein treatments can also lead to hair breakage and that’s why it shouldn’t be done frequently.

How do I stop breakage?

1. Begin by using a clarifying shampoo such as Suave Daily Clarifying. Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm running water to remove any build up and apply your shampoo. Allow your shampoo to sit for some few minutes (3-5minutes) to ensure that the sulfate ingredients within the shampoo binds with the oils and dirt. Rinse and repeat.

2. Apply a mild protein conditioner to your hair and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing.

3. Apply a moisturizing conditioner like Aussie Moist, Kenra Moisturizing conditioner for an hour if you;re not using heat and 30-45minutes if you’re using a steamer.

4. Once you’ve concluded the steps above, your hair should be clean and conditioned. You can now decide to either include moisture or protein leave-in products.

5. Lastly, remember to seal with an essential oil of your choice.

Remember that the whole essence of undergoing this process is to add moisture to your hair since its’ breakage you’re dealing with here. Because it is easier to overdo protein, using moisturizing products will aid you better. Using light protein treatments ensures moisture binds and remains within the hair shafts, gently reinforcing the cuticle layers. This treatment should free up your hair shaft and and allow you to determine the cause of any breakage problems.

Can I prevent breakage completely?

To an extent, you can minimize breakage. However your job is to be gentle when handling your hair. Treat it with the utmost care. Gently finger detangle and keep your hair soft and moisturized on a daily basis. Tie your hair up at night or use satin bonnets like the one in the picture below I’m wearing to protect your hair from night time tossing and turning. Treat your hair with care and you’ll see less breakage over time.

 

 

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Readers Question

Q: How often should I use JBCO on my hair?

A: 3 times weekly and you massage your scalp.

Q: How often should I deep condition my hair?

A: Once or twice weekly.

Q: How long should I grow my hair till my next retouch?

A: The essence of stretching your relaxer is to strengthen your hair and avoid overlapping which occurs if you retouch your hair every 4weeks. Overlapping causes your hair to break.

On the average, hair growth differs from one person to another. It’s advisable to wait for 8 – 10 weeks before retouching. I have become adept in managing my new growth, texlaxed and bone straight textures. Hence, I stretch for longer periods (currently on a 5month stretch which I’m thinking of extending to 8 months).

 

 

 

Introducing The Hair City

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Yay it’s official!!! If you’re one of those women or girls desirous of achieving healthy and longer hair(whether its’ relaxed or natural), it’s our pleasure to introduce ‘The Hair City‘ to you. Hair City offers you the platform to place orders for all your hair needs. Basically, we’re here to provide products you don’t get to see or buy regularly within our shores. For  women who’re currently on their hair journeys, we will be providing answers to some of the deep rooted fears you have had over the years about African hair. Our products are available and guaranteed to deliver results. Remember growing your hair to the desired length takes time, patience and effort.

If you’d like to see what we have currently in stock, click here

We deliver via EMS Speedpost and for residents within Lagos, it takes a single day for delivery while inter-state takes 2-3 working days. Alternatively, you can call us on 07026364892 for further questions and clarifications about your hair matters.

Today I’ll be addressing questions some readers have sent.

Q: Does hair only grow when you’re asleep? That’s pure myth playing out here. The answer is ‘No’. What your hair requires to grow is moisture and only moisture alone. Moisture happens when you deep condition, apply leave-in. Often times, I use green tea as a leave-in while using grape seed oil to lock in the moisture. Green tea is effective in stimulating your hair follicles and it promotes hair growth & shine while preventing split ends.

Q: Can castor oil be used for receding hairline in relaxed African hair? Yes it can.

Q: How to use Jamaican black castor oil on receding hairline? Dab a bit of castor oil on the affected area and massage your scalp three times weekly.

Q: How long does it take to see a difference using Jamaican black castor oil on receding hairline?
Within 3 months, you’ll see changes. Please be consistent and patient while using castor oil.
I’ve been using it & seen remarkable changes.

Q: Where can I purchase Jamaican black castor oil in Lagos? Send a mail to todaysnaira@hotmail.com to place your order.

Q: I’m in Ghana. Where can I purchase Mane N’ Tail products? Send a mail to todaysnaira@hotmail.com to place your order.

Q: Where can I purchase Elasta QP Olive & Mango moisturizing butter? Send a mail to todaysnaira@hotmail.com to place your order.