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Keep It Simple | Simple Hair Care Regimen

There are simply too many hair care diys out there and it just over complicates things when it comes to natural hair, so why not get to know you hair and keep it simple with a simple hair care regimen that will help ensure your hair journey is not only a healthy one, but also a stress free one?. So, here are our tips and tricks to minimizing and in a sense streamlining your routine to hair care and in turn hair growth.

Step One – Get to KNOW Your Hair

If you are to set out on a journey, you don’t just set off without knowing where you are going and preparing for your trip by gathering all your necessities in order to ensure your trip is a productive one, so why would you set out on a healthy hair journey without the necessary steps and requirements in order to arrive at your destination – healthy hair (long or short).

Moisture Level

Knowing whether your hair is prone to dryness, breakage, or is just plain resilient can help you in what category of products you start with in your search for your holy grail of products.

Porosity

Another helpful means to knowing your hair is to know your hair porosity – whether low porosity, medium porosity, or high porosity. Knowing your hair porosity is the best approach to finding the right products for your hair.

For those who are not familiar with hair porosity…it is basically a way of expressing or categorizing how your hair cuticles are structured. It tells you whether your hair cuticles are lifted or “opened” (high porosity), lay flat side-by-side (medium porosity), or overlapping (low porosity).

To help you remember these hair categories, simply put, high porosity allows easy flow of moisture in and out of hair, whereas, medium porosity allows moisture to seep in and be locked in (i.e., it readily accepts and holds on to moisture); but on the other hand, low porosity hair doesn’t allow moisture in very easily and so tends to be dry for greater lengths of time.

Determining Your Hair Porosity

You can determine your hair porosity using room temperature water in a glass, if your hair stays floating within the first 10 minutes or so then you have low porosity hair, if your hair suspends in the middle for some time before sinking then you have medium porosity, and if your hair sinks within the first minute or two of placing it in the water, then you have high porosity hair.

Just in case you were wondering, it is best to use room temperature water, because using either extremes temperature (hot or cold) will greatly affect your results. For instance, cold water will close the hair cuticles for high porosity hair giving it the appears of being low porosity hair and hot will open the cuticles of low porosity hair, giving it the appearance of medium or high porosity hair, therefore, it is best to find a happy medium when it comes to the temperature of your water and well…room temperature water is that happy medium!

From there you can narrow down products that work for your hair based on your hair porosity! Hair typing seems to be the way most naturals approach their selection of hair products and we believe this is not the way to go, because hair typing is just a non scientific way of describing the curl pattern of hair and all 4a hair types don’t use the same products because the layout of the hair cuticle is the key to determining what products can or can’t work based on their ingredients and the function of those ingredients.

Step TwoKNOW Your Ingredients and What They Do For Your Hair

Know your ingredients and what they do for your hair is part of knowing your hair and can mean the difference between dry and broken hair versus moisturized and strengthened hair. But did you know, knowing your products ingredients list and what they do can also mean the difference between a healthy scalp and an unhealthy scalp.

We’ve all been there – you saw the latest, greatest, or just plain sweetest smelling hair product and you decided to try it out and then you wished you never had because it reeked havoc on your scalp, from soreness to flakiness, and even itching or blistering. Whatever, the symptoms…you got the message loud and clear that that product just wasn’t for you and your scalp! So, definitely do your research and make sure your products have the ingredients that are right for you, your hair, and your scalp!!!




Choosing the Right Products for Your Hair

So, knowing your hair porosity will help immensely in choosing the right products that will work for your hair and so will knowing the product ingredients. Approaching your hair product search with these two factors in mind helps to simplify the process.

Don’t just limits yourself to finding products that work on your hair, but also, consider researching products that work internally for growing your hair as well – hair vitamins are a start, but eating healthy nutrient dense foods is one of the best ways to ensure your body has enough nutrients left over to allocate to hair growth. Nutrient dense foods tremendously increase how healthy and strong the hair is that is being produced by the hair follicles.

Build a Simple Hair Care Regimen

Armed with your new found discovery of what your hair porosity is and what products work for your your hair, you are now ready to build a simple hair care regimen.

First, wash day – this is up for debate as to how frequently you need to wash your hair, but rest assure that you need to wash your hair at least twice a month to keep a happy, healthy scalp, thereby, further maximizing your hair growth! Keep your hair and scalp clean! Dirt on the scalp will clog your hair follicles and can provide a haven for bacteria, fungi, and other microbes to grow abundantly causing lots of scalp issues that will impact hair growth – a dirty scalp does NOT equal faster hair growth, so save the dirt for the plants.

Second, determine how often your hair is in need of a thorough deep conditioning. This can range from once a month to once every 3 to 6 months depending on the health of your hair and how dry your hair gets. So low and high porosity hair will need more deep conditioning than hair that readily accepts and holds on moisture (medium hair porosity), because hair in a good state moisture wise will require fewer deep conditioning to counteract the damaging effects of dryness. So, unless you have done some damage through excess or incorrect use of heat, then your medium porosity hair can go at least 3 months without needing to be deep conditioned. But again, use your own judgment and new found knowledge in caring for your hair to determine how long to go between deep conditions and be sure to make regular conditions are highly effective, by choosing the best quality hair conditioner to use on your hair.

Third, Keep you ends healthy and free of splits and knots as much as possible and this can be done with the use of sharp shears that are used just for your hair and nothing else! Keep your trims to a minimum if possible, especially if you would like to retain length, but in order to do so you need to make sure you keep those end protected and in good health. A healthy head of hair from the roots to the tips will typically need one or two trims per year if at all…. However, no need to forgo a trim – if your hair needs one, it NEEDS one! So, if that means you need a trim every 3 or 4 months, then do so, but do your absolute best in making sure you find out what could be the cause or reason for needing frequent trims and do your best to think up a solution (“where there’s a will, there IS a way!”).

Fourth, leave your hair alone and let it be! Try your best and minimize how much you handle your hair and make sure what you use in your hair is doing exactly what you need it to do – maintaining your hair and scalp in a healthy state. Check your scalp weekly to make sure it is clean and free of flakes and dry spots and remedy dryness with light spritzing of filtered water followed by a drop or two of oil massaged into the scalp.

Summary

Keep it simple when it comes to your hair care regimen and your journey to healthy hair long or short will be a fruitful and enjoyable one. So get to know your hair and hair product ingredients and build a simple hair care regimen that will allow your hair to thrive using the guidelines we have provided and don’t forget to nourish from within and not just outward.

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Rice Water | A Gimmick or A Godsend for Hair Growth

What’s the latest buzz when it comes to faster hair growth? Well, some of you may have heard of rice water and well, some of you may have even tried using rice water. We  aim to explore this seemingly natural way of growing hair fast and we hope to shed to light on rice water – a gimmick or a Godsend for hair growth.

What is Rice Water?

Well, the name does say it all, rice water is well, rice water – the water you get from rice that has been boiled or soaked for an extended amount of time. But this hair growth “cocktail” is best used fermented.

In order to get the best of the benefits of using rice water for hair growth, it has to be fermented. The fermentation process takes about 48 hours and the longer you let it go, the better, but it is not recommend to go beyond 4 days and mold present can be an indication of  inadequate conditions during the fermentation process. If the conditions are not right for fermentation, then you will encourage unfavorable microbes. And the last thing you want to do is create a haven for bad microorganisms, like bad bacteria or mold to grow.

 

The fermented rice water is then used to condition and strengthen hair. Some have reportted thicker, stronger, shiny hair. All of which are the positive effects of using fermented rice water to grow hair.




 

Rice water, is certainly far from a gimmick, but are the benefits really worth it? After all, there are health risks involved when it come to using rice water. Those health risks are even more so amplified by how often rice water is used to wash or condition the hair. The more use it, the more exposure you get to chemicals.

 

What is Wrong with Rice Water Anyway?

Because of the nature of rice (it takes up or absorbs very easily the chemicals present in the environment [air, soil, water]) and the fact that it is often grown with the use of pesticides, make it an unfortunate source of high levels of arsenic.

In fact, rice is a plant that of all the plants out grown, has the ability to absorb the highest amount of arsenic from its environment.

 




 

The presence of arsenic in rice is often more so due to chemical pesticide used in growing rice, than the naturally present arsenic that is biologically found in the earth’s make up or soil composition. This natural form arsenic is less dangerous and is often not the culprit when it comes to high levels of arsenic found in plants.

Arsenic can cause many issues in the body and the health risks are certainly not worth it for the sake of growing out the hair faster. The host of health issues due to exposure over a prolong amount of time include lung cancer, skin problems, kidney issues and many others. Symptoms of exposure to large amounts of arsenic include, but are not limited to nausea, vomiting, diarhea, and stomach pains.

 

Pluses and Minuses of Using Rice Water

The pluses of rice water are strong, shiny, fast growing hair. But the minuses are exposure to high levels of arsenic which can result in various health issues and in the case of overuse of rice water, the hair can become very damaged.

The contents of rice water are what help make it alluring when it comes to hair growth, but those same components are what can cause hair problems. Hair can become dry and brittle and break off.

 

Overuse of rice water can also create build up on the scalp and hair and slow the growth process, as the hair follicles will not be able to “breathe”, i.e. get enough oxygen and nutrients. The hair strands can become coated and end up not being able to take in moisture cause excessive dryness.

But Wait! Can I Use Organic Rice Instead?

At this point in time, you may have already had this thought come across your mind, “Can I use Organic Rice Instead?” Well, the answer is yes, but not so fast! Organic rice, is a good start if you are considering using or trying out rice water; however, just because pesticides may not have been used in cultivating the rice crops, doesn’t mean all is free and clear. This is due to the fact that arsenic can be taken in by the crops no the less, if it is presenct in the air or water or even the soil.

So, if you are using organic rice, it is still possible to get rice grains that contain arsenic. Your best bet is to get you rice from a reputable source and if in doubt just don’t buy it or you can always send samples out to be tested by laboratories that specialize in testing for chemicals present in foods, etc.

 

Rice Water, A Gimmick or A Godsend for Hair Growth?

Well, overall the risks of arsenic and the health conditions it can created in the body is substantial reason to avoid this latest hair trend. If you are considering using rice water or have been using rice water, then you should way your options and think as to whether it is truly worth adding it to your regimen. We simply do not think it is worth the health risks, instead we suggest other natural and safer options like this when it comes to hair growth.

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Natural Born Hair | Helping You Attain Your Hair Goals

We here at naturalbornhair.com believe in giving our customers the best quality products available and want you to be successful in your healthy hair journey. We make it our prority to help you grow healthy hair, thereby, helping you attain your hair goals.

We believe in nourishing your crown and glory and would like you to give us a try. We understand that long hair is not for everyone nor a part of everyone’s hair goals. However, we believe healthy hair should be a common goal whether you choose to wear your hair long or short.

That is why we have specially formulated our products with healthy hair in mind, first and foremost. Let us help you simplify your hair care routine without breaking the bank. Sampling a lot of the hair products out there can take a toll not only on your wallet, but also your hair.  

 

Going from one random product to the next can cause unnecessary stress to hair. And can create a host of problems such as issues with porosity, dryness, breakage, tangles, and knots just to name a few. And as you may very well know, these issues can mean major setbacks when it comes to obtaining length.

We do our best to make sure our best-selling products are always available, so head over to our site and give them a try.

Our absolute favorite product is the all natural, hair growth oil from our Simply Seral line of products. It is fast acting and most of our avid users have reported seeing results within 5-7 days. This product is also our all time favorite, because it not only encourages speedy hair growth, but it also encourages thicker hair.

 

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Most of our products are made to order. And all of our products are formulated with carefully selected, all-natural, organic ingredients.

Because we believe that what you put on your hair should also be safe for your body inside and out. So, you will find that most of our products are also safe for use when it comes to your skin care.

 

 

We love collaborating with other like-minded entrepreneurs and will be featuring products of other up and coming businesses over the course of time.

We hope you will join us in uplifting each other and making sure there is healthy competition to accomplish a common goal, healthy hair. All while using simple, natural ingredients provided to us by nature. And most importantly, free of many of the health issues you can be faced with when using synthetic, commercial products.

As we continue to build our site you will see our product choices expand, as well as, our product lines. Yes, we have several of our products lined up, ready to launch, and will soon be debuting on our site, so keep stopping by to see what we have in stock.

For business opportunities, as well as, opportunities to feature your handmade/organic products via our shop or ads on our site, be sure to contact us via the email provided in our privacy policy section. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and God Bless!