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Winter Hair

Well, it’s been six months since going natural. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but just when I think I got this, the season changed. California is very dry in the winter, and although it rains more, the humidity is lower from day to day. Normally the goal is to try to keep the humidity from our twists to obtain a twist out longer, right? Well now I have fantastic curl definition using the flaxseed gel, but I have no humidity, so my twists aren’t puffing at all, you need just the right humidity to add a little volume to your hair.

I want to keep using the flaxseed gel, but I’m going to have to make my twists larger in the winter. I don’t like larger twists because there are fewer twists and my scalp shows more, but thank God for the little Bohemian knit hat style that’s so popular now. I can just pop this on sometimes until I’m ready for a twist out.

Moisturizing your hair is vital in the winter months. I usually do my moisturizing at night. When I have twists in, I spray with a mixture of water and coconut oil, and cover  it with a silk scarf.  Coconut oil becomes solid in cold temperatures, so I use fractionated Coconut oil. To maintain my twist out, I cover my hands in Argon oil, and twist my hair in large twists at night, I cover  it with a silk scarf.

How do you maintain your natural hair in the winter?

 

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Flaxseed Discovery

I have discovered Flaxseeds!

What are Flaxseeds?

The seeds come from flax, one of the oldest fiber crops in the world – known to have been cultivated in ancient Egypt and China.
Flaxseed is a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flaxseed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

I watched several videos about the benefits of Flaxseeds on natural hair, specifically for twisting natural hair. After watching all 5 videos, and the results, I was sold.

I made the recipe and 2 strand twisted my hair. The boiled flaxseeds produce a gel, which  is the consistency of “snot”. I separated each piece, applied leave-in conditioner, the gel, and twisted. The gel penetrated my hair very easily, so the twisting process went quicker than using a shea butter. The gel also kept the twists from getting frizzy. I kept my twists in for 6 days.

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The twist out results were unbelievable! The curl definition was the best ever. It lasted all day with no frizz, and kept very soft and moist. I was able to wear my hair out for 7 days before having to retwist or protect it. I won’t be buying anymore shea butter or commercial hair cream/curl products. Flaxseeds are my staple for twisting!

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Why are flax seeds beneficial for hair?

    • Flax seeds are a rich source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has proven effects on growth of the capillaries.
    • It provides nourishment to the hair roots, shaft, and the scalp.
    • Flax seeds fulfill the required nutrition for hair and scalp in order to expedite hair growth.
    • They also help control hair breakage or split ends, and provide the required hydration for hair.
    • Vitamin E in the flax seeds helps prevent premature discoloration or graying of hair.
    • Flax seeds contain a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acid. These help nourish hair follicles. This in turn helps make hair strong and healthy. Omega-3 fatty acid also improves the elasticity of hair and makes it less prone to breakage.
    • Regular use of flax seeds helps prevent acute hair loss, scalp eczema, and dandruff.
    • Flax seeds are a good source of high quality fiber.
    • These are an affluent source of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Edible fibers are excellent for proper functioning of the intestines. This helps create defense against a host of ailments, which might cause hair loss.

It is quite easy to make flax seeds gel at home. (watch the video).

  • Take two cups filtered water, and 1/4th cup organic, brown flax seeds.
  • The seeds are to be added to boiled water, and boiled for 10 minutes. The extract is to be filtered.
  • The remaining flax seeds can be dried up and stored away for further use.
  • I also put in a few drops of Moroccan oil.
  • Put the gel in a tight safe plastic container, and refrigerate.
  • The gel lasts for 3 weeks.

 

Natural girls. . . . I can’t wait until you try it. Please let me know how it works for you.