DON'T USE TURMERIC ON YOUR SCALP!

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Over the past few years, there has been a turmeric craze on the internet.  It has gained popularity because it has been touted as a “miracle spice”.  People (including myself) have eagerly stocked their kitchen and bathroom cabinets with this golden spice because it is a great additive for curries and sauces, helps ward off headaches, relieves heartburn and provides a healthy “glow” when applied to the skin.  Honestly, #SelfcareSundays wouldn’t be the same without a selfie of a girl sporting yellow mask!

For those of you who are like me and have taken on the role of kitchen beautician, it may be tempting to incorporate this miracle spice into your homemade shampoos, conditioners or hair treatments but I have four words for you, ”DON’T DON IT SIS!”  Although turmeric is amazing when applied to the skin, it should never be applied to your scalp, unless you are going for a Grace Jones/Amber Rose/Me'shell Ndegeocello bad baldie b*$#h look.

So here is the brief 411 on turmeric, depending on how it is used, it can either promote hair growth or hair loss.  Now when it is applied to the skin, turmeric is an effective and natural hair remover.  So constantly applying it to your scalp will ultimately result in hair fall and ultimate hair loss.

When ingested, however, turmeric has been proven to activate the body’s Vitamin D receptor genes which control the cycle of hair growth. Therefore, the more you ingest turmeric, the longer the hair growth cycle which results in (fingers crossed) longer hair.

If you are interested in using turmeric as a growth aid, try out this yummy tea recipe:   

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Ingredients -

  • coconut, almond or tigernut milk – 1 cup
  • fresh turmeric – medium-sized piece
  • fresh ginger – medium-sized piece
  • raw honey – 1 tablespoon
  • black pepper - pinch
  • coconut oil – 1 teaspoon

Instructions-

1.  Put the turmeric, ginger, pepper, coconut oil and half of the milk in the blender.

2.  Blend the ingredients until they are completely smooth.

3.  Warm up the other half of the milk in a saucepan and remove it from the stove once it starts to bubble.

4.  Add the heated milk to the blender and blend all the ingredients until they are smooth.

5.  Pour the mixture into your favorite mug or teacup and enjoy!

 

HOW TO AMP UP YOUR DEEP CONDITIONER | HARMATTAN HAIR CARE SERIES

Is your hair dry, brittle, parched or damaged?  Have you tried tons of moisturizers and deep conditioners without any success?  Has your hair lost the luster and bounce it had during the rainy season or the spring/summer months?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then you have to try my fail proof deep conditioner recipe!  In this video, I will teach you which products to use to ensure that your hair gets completely moisturized and stays juicy, soft and bouncy throughout the Harmattan or Winter Season!

5 ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS/TOOLS FOR NATURALS

May 2018 will be the 10 year anniversary of my Big Chop and since we are in the season of resolutions, I decided to focus on taking better care of my hair.  I will admit that over the last 6 months, I have been a bit negligent with caring for my hair and I've had a few setbacks.  I am determined to transform my hair from "meh" to "MWAH" and I'll be taking you all along for the ride!

In my latest video post, I share some of the products/tools I have used consistently over my 10-year hair journey.

If you are interested in any of the products I mentioned in the video and you live in Nigeria, click on the links below:

 

If you are interested in any of the products I mentioned in the video and you live in the U.S. or U.K., click on the links below:

A NAIJA GIRL IN SOUTH KOREA | TRAVEL RECAP

If you were able to watch the video in my last post, you may have heard that I went to South Korea this year.  My trip was short and amazing.  So when one of you requested that I post a video about my trip, I couldn't say no.  Check out the video below and let me know if you have ever gone to South Korea.  If you haven't been there, where do you plan on going in the new year?

SHAMPOO ALTERNATIVES

I have a love/hate relationship with shampoo.  For many years, especially when I first became natural, all shampoo was the enemy.  After months of thorough research and through various forms of trial and error, apple cider vinegar became my scalp cleansing champion while conditioner washing kept my locs soft and luxurious.  I hailed this power combo as the next best thing to shampoo and shouted their praises from every rooftop.  However, my wandering eye lead me to "greener" pastures and I soon found joy in African black soap and various natural clays.  However, over the last year, I have settled into a sweet scalp cleansing relationship with black soap, rhassoul clay and...(sulfate-free) shampoo!

In my nine years as a natural, the major lesson I've learned is to never count any product out.  That's why I made the following chart, so you, my fellow natural, can weigh the pros and cons of each product and choose what product(s) would suit you best.