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January 19, 2015

Tips on growing long hair

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For a while, I thought that my hair was not growing. I would straighten it and it would be the same length as it was the month before. It was frustrating, until I found some products and tips that have allowed my hair to grow drastically in the last 6 months. Here are they:

Fun fact: Your hair can grow 0.5 inches a month and up to 6 inches per year, depending on your genetics of course. 

1. Stop using heat

This is a major hinderance to hair growth. Too much heat can damage your hair follicles and dry your hair causing any new growth to snap right off after a while. Cut back on the amount of times you blow dry or use a straighter in your hair. Opt for air drying your hair or using the cool setting if you must. Try doing the ‘no heat’ challenge and watch your hair grow.

2. Weekly hair treatments/masks

Every week you should pamper your hair by doing a hot oil treatment or a deep treatment. We do a lot of things to our hair everyday, so its refreshing once a week to add back the moisture that was lost throughout the week by heat, wind, hair products, towel drying etc. and give your hair a fresh start. My favorite hair mask of all time is the Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque. Honestly, this is the best hair masque out there for an overall hair boost. It has repaired my spilt ends, and my dry brittle hair. If you’re on a budget, my favorite DIY hair mask is my Protein-Power Hair Mask (1 egg | 2 tbsp mayo | 1 tbsp honey | 1 tbsp olive/almond/coconut oil). Our hair is made of protein so its only fitting that we add it back for more shine and healthier hair. If you’re looking for an easier way to repair your hair, you can try my favorite hot oil treatment (2 tbsp olive oil/coconut oil – heated). All these DIYs you can leave overnight or for as little as 20 minutes, with a shower cap for a deeper treatment.

3. Shampoo/Conditioner 

Try to limit your shampooing to once a week, let the hair generate its own natural oils which adds moisture back into your hair. Shampooing can strip the hair of its natural oils, causing it to be dry and brittle. If your hair is moisturized, it will grow faster. My favorite shampoo for some time now is the SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo. This shampoo is sulfate-free and is made with natural and certified organic ingredients. Coconut Oil hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage. Silk Protein smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. Neem Oil controls frizz while adding brilliant shine.

Conditioner is also very important in your hair regimen as it adds back the moisture lost from shampooing. My favorite condish at the moment is the Garnier Fructis’ Triple Nutrition Conditioner, which has Avocado, Olive and Almond Oil, all of which are great for hair growth. After two weeks of use, I’ve noticed good results especially with the ends of my hair, it was no longer as dry, and healthy ends = healthy hair = fast hair growth.

4. Detangle your hair regularly

Some people overlook this step because its too tedious and its easier to throw it in a pony or top knot when you’re in a rush. Detangling/Brushing your hair will not only take the knots out but its good way to stimulate hair follicles, which ultimately will promote growth. I normally comb out my hair twice a week, using a paddle brush with some type of conditioner or hair treatment in my hair. I do it like this so that my hair is easier to comb through without it snapping off.

5. Supplements/Diet/Lifestyle

There are tons of hair growth potions on the market, some of them I wouldn’t even bother wasting my money. I’ve experimented with some hair growth supplements before, however I have found that Biotin works best for me, with no symptoms. I take my 5000mcg of Biotin once a day at breakfast every other month, so that I can give my body a rest from it ever so often. This has been proven to promote faster hair growth, given your genetics of course. Diet is also very important to hair growth. If your body isn’t getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs, it can reflect in your hair. Protein is necessary to hair, skin and nail health, so ensure that you are getting quality and adequate protein. Stress can also cause your hair to grow at a slower pace or break off. You want to live a stress-free life, knowing that God holds your future, there’s no need to worry (Jeremiah 29:11). 

6. Protective Styling

You’re not Pocahontas, tie your hair up in a top knot or braid it most of the time. If you continue to have your hair out regularly, the wind can cause it to get tangled, and its going to be a spilt end party. Wearing top knots or doing styles that ensure your ends are covered are the best ways to repair your hair or keep it from breaking. Wearing two protective hairstyles (click for examples), daily for one month, will pump shine and health back into your strands.

7. Regular scalp massages 

Just before I comb or shampoo my hair, I would put some almond oil on my fingertips and massage my scalp in a circular motion. This also stimulates the hair follicles which will promote hair growth. You can use olive or coconut oil, but I find that almond oil works best for everyday use as its a lighter oil, so you don’t get a lot of product buildup.

I hope you enjoyed these seven ways that I use to promote hair growth. What are some things that you do to grow your hair? Comment below.

If you’ve tried any of these, comment or take a pic with the #thatkhadineproject

With love,

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July 10, 2014

My curly hair essentials

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If you have curly hair, you know the struggle to find products that work for you and your pocket. I’ve been on the hunt for a simple curly hair routine, and I’ve stumbled upon a few products that seem to work for me.

Curly hair is known for being one of the driest hair types. I think the L’oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-in Cream has been the best at managing the dryness  and frizziness thus far, without any gel or any follow-up product. I apply to damp or 2nd day hair and scrunch. PERFECTION! Its also affordable and it works like a dream! It is also sulfate –free, which gets 5 stars in my book.

Although the EverCurl Leave-in is fine on its own, for extra hold, I follow-up with the infamous Kinky Curly Curling Custard. Now I know a lot of curlies have a love hate relationship with this product…too crunchy…too dry. But the trick is to use on damp hair, proceeding a leave-in and only use a little bit. I know how you can get crazy when applying product to your hair #productjunkies. With the KCCC, less is more. And of course, a curly hair routine would never be complete without some kind of oil.

Almond oil has been my new favorite oil for my hair mostly because it has a milder scent than the coconut oil. I’ve also noticed more hair growth with almond oil. It seals in the moisture in my opinion, a little better than coconut oil (benefits of almond oil in a later post). I apply some almond oil on my scalp as well as the ends of my hair. It helps promote hair growth and seals in the moisture even in the most humid temperatures. It also improves the overall health of your hair.

I’ve also loved the Turbie Twist Microfiber Super Absorbent Hair Towel for drying your hair. It prevents breakage due to the microfiber material. Its also very easy to use right after you get out of the shower so your hair doesn’t drip everywhere. You can also use an old t-shirt, but the Turbie Twist is obviously easier to use. Also, it dries your hair like a charm.

And of course, I saved the best for last. The salvation of every hair type…Macadamia Deep Repair Masque!! I cannot begin to explain how much this product has done for my hair. It repairs heat damage, adds shine, makes your hair softer, improves the overall health of your hair and of course, it smells soo good. I’ve been using this product for 3 years and it never fails me. I use it about 2-3 times a week, sometimes I add coconut oil to the mask but generally I use it alone as its very easy and convenient. If you are looking for a product to give your hair a boost, then the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is the one.

Hope this helps, also feel free to post your favorite curly hair essentials below.

P.S Click the links to go directly to the product, these are the cheapest sites I’ve found so far. 

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July 1, 2014

Five tips for transitioners

So background info on my hair, I have a 3B-3C curl pattern but I cut, colored and keratin my hair a million times in the past couple years. Looking back, nothing was really wrong with it, I just wanted a change. I got the change, but with 99 problems following. My hair was three different textures…curly, wavy and straight (#transitioningproblems). Along this journey though, I found some useful tips that helped me transition.

– Just let it go- sometimes we focus more on the length of our hair than the quality of it. Lets just say that your hair isn’t going anywhere, if your ends are jacked up. You just need to cut those straight ends off, gradually or all at once, your choice.

– Lay low on the hot tools- I would straighten my hair constantly so I wouldn’t have to deal with the two textures. Don’t do it…it’s a trap. You’d end up damaging your hair even more, and your curls would take a longer time to be restored.

– Keeping your curls healthy- you can start by doing regular hair masks, I’m in love with the coconut milk hair mask. Also, hot oil treatments like coconut oil or almond oil are great easy ones. Masks and hot oil treatments should be done at least once a week. And if you don’t have the time for a DIY mask, Macadamia Deep Repair masque works amazing.

– Protective styling- the key to transitioning is to keep your hair healthy at all times, especially the new growth. Top knots, braids, buns, are all good examples of styles that prevent your hair from breaking. Remember transitioning hair is like a woman, it is usually very fragile and can snap if you don’t treat it right. 😉

– Using the right styling products- you want to use products that give the most definition. Kinky Curly Curling Custard, Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner are good examples of products that give the most definition to the most stubborn curls.

And the best tip of all is to be patient…it is sometimes very frustrating, especially with different textures and little to no hair growth. But with some patience and consistency, you’ll be there in no time.

Best of luck,

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June 21, 2014

Coconut milk mask

I recently took a trip to Florida and my hair became super dry. I tried every mask that I could possibly think of but nothing seemed to work. I then came upon the benefits of coconut milk for your hair and tried this mask–the results were amazing! Of course, the measurements vary depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Here’s what you’ll need: – 1 cup Coconut milk (preferably organic) – 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil/Coconut oil – 1 tsp. Honey – 2 drops or 1 capsule Vitamin E oil (optional) Mix ingredients into bowl. Apply evenly throughout hair focusing on the ends. Cover hair with plastic or thermal cap for 30mins- 1 hour. Shampoo, condition, and style as usual. TIP: The more organic your ingredients are, the greater the results. I hope you enjoyed this easy way to revive your dry, dull hair. Please feel free to post your comments below, I love hearing what you have to say! 🙂

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