Before you do anything, you need to decide if you want to big chop or transition to natural hair. If you are already experiencing breakage, don’t brush your hair. If you are not hydrating or moisturizing your hair while in braids or weave, that can explain the dryness you are experiencing. I would love it for you to join the community newsletter for more information that can help you along your natural hair journey.
This is huge. And, it confirms prior similar research — a lot of prior similar research. A 2017 study using data from the Health and Retirement Study found that people 50 and older who were normal weight, had never smoked, and drank alcohol in moderation lived on average seven years longer. A 2012 mega-analysis of 15 international studies that included over 500,000 participants found that over half of premature deaths were due to unhealthy lifestyle factors such as poor diet, inactivity, obesity, excessive alcohol intake, and smoking. And the list of supporting research goes on.
Excess body fat comes from eating more than we need. The extra calories can come from any caloric nutrient - protein, fat, carbohydrate, or alcohol, but fat is the most concentrated source of energy. Physical activity helps us spend the energy, and makes us feel good. The message is reasonably simple: if we are gaining weight, we need to eat less and be more active!
Josh Rosebrook has created a masterpiece. This spray adds volume to your hair with yucca starch, and works whether you blow-dry, air-dry, or use as a pick-me-up between blowouts. A zippy blend of horsetail, lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary, and peppermint extracts stimulate the follicles, which in turn yields stronger, healthier hair right from the root.

Hard Water – For some people the detox phase never seems to end, and it may be a water issue. Hard water can be especially hard on the scalp, and without the harsh detergents found in most commercial shampoos, your hair may never feel really great if you have hard water issues. I found that getting a filter for my shower made a HUGE difference in my hair. (Like this one)
Damage to the hair must be trimmed away or grown out. For example, there is not a permanent cure for split-ends. There are some conditioners that can essentially patch split-ends and make them less visible, but over a period of time those split-ends will reappear. The only way to permanently get rid of your split-ends is to trim them away. You should absolutely never burn away your split-ends.
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Detox – If you are new to natural shampooing or no ‘poo then you have to be prepared for a detox phase. Commercial shampoos strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which is why most people feel the need to shampoo daily. As your hair is stripped of oils the body signals for the scalp to produce more. In other words: The harsher the shampoo the more oils your body produces. As you wean yourself from commercial shampoos it will take time for your body to re-balance itself and stop producing so much oil. In the meantime you can expect extra grease and general “gross” hair until your body balances back out. This can take anywhere from 2 – 9 weeks. (Yep… this is not for the faint of heart.) The good news is that once your body finds its balance you can expect more manageable hair with only “shampooing” every couple of days (or even only once or twice a week.)


I just wanted to say that I love this article and that I am new to natural hair transition. I was always told that my hair was so beautiful and long and to never cut it but I was the only one who didn’t like my long hair. So after I went off to college I started transitioning for about 6 months(no perms or flat irons) and then got my hair cut in Feb 4,2012 . I did not get the big chop but I only have a little more to go(I have a good bit of hair left).I love my hair and love being different from people with the traditional straight hair. My mom hates my hair she says it “naturally nappy” but she doesn’t know any better. My question is my hair is somewhat curly but what are some products to really define my curls and not be frizzy. Some parts of my hair is really curly and then some of it doesnt curl like I want it to. What can I do?
You mentioned breakage. Aside from the breakage from weaves and braids, they are probably experiencing breakage at the line of demarcation (were the relaxer meets the natural hair). This is definitely one of the weakest points of the hair during transitioning. If this is the case, I would definitely suggest deciding whether you prefer to wear your hair straight or wear it curly. This will help minimize the stress that is put on maintaining more than one type of hair on the head. Also, keep the hair conditioned as much as possible.
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You mentioned breakage. Aside from the breakage from weaves and braids, they are probably experiencing breakage at the line of demarcation (were the relaxer meets the natural hair). This is definitely one of the weakest points of the hair during transitioning. If this is the case, I would definitely suggest deciding whether you prefer to wear your hair straight or wear it curly. This will help minimize the stress that is put on maintaining more than one type of hair on the head. Also, keep the hair conditioned as much as possible.

“Clearly, the greatest cancer risks are concentrated in the heavy and moderate drinker categories. Nevertheless, some cancer risk persists even at low levels of consumption. A meta-analysis that focused solely on cancer risks associated with drinking one drink or fewer per day observed that this level of alcohol consumption was still associated with some elevated risk for squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus, oropharyngeal cancer, and breast cancer, but no discernable associations were seen for cancers of the colorectum, larynx, and liver. On the basis of the lesser overall cancer risk at the lower end of the dose-response continuum, the World Cancer Research Fund/AICR made the following recommendation: ‘If alcoholic drinks are consumed, limit consumption to two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.'” You can check out the entire article here: http://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.2017.76.1155
Larsen and his colleagues showed that the rate of maintenance of weight loss were higher among participants who were assigned to the low-protein diets and to the high-GI diets compared to the high-protein diets and low-GI diets. Significant weight gain was seen in a low protein-high GI group, but in a high protein — low GI diet weight reduction after weight loss continued. However, there was no interaction between the protein and GI.[22] In another study, changing the diet GI did not significantly affect weight maintenance, but the low GI group consumed fewer calories.[23]
Do your hair feel brittle? I personally had to limit(almost eliminate) the amount of protein I use on my hair. This made a drastic difference for my hair. I use a leave in conditioner, then a curling cream, after that I will apply a oil if necessary. Oils that work great for me are Jojoba, sweet almond, and avocado. I cant use too much coconut oil, olive oil or hair milk on my hair.
Tobacco use causes atherosclerotic arterial disease (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and lack of blood flow to the lower extremities. Tobacco use causes an estimated 20%-30% of coronary heart disease in the U.S. It also further increases the risk of heart attacks among subjects with elevated cholesterol, uncontrolled hypertension, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle.

My name is Latrice (aka Ms Lala) and I am here to help you on your hair growth journey.  I have had natural hair for over 12 years.  I grew my hair long with a simple method I call the 3 M’s of Hair Care- Minimize Breakage, Maximize Growth, Maintain Progress.  Take the quiz below to determine where you should start on your journey to long healthy hair.
I would like to say that I and all 4 of my daughters, which are all grown have natural hair. We do not use relaxers which strip and deplete the natural beauty of hair. I personally have found that cocoa butter (natural) is perfect for moisturizing my scalp and adding that luster to my hair as well as helping my hair to resist breakage and strengthening it. It has (my hair) grown by leaps and bounds. I suggest cocoa butter after shampooing. It also brings out the natural waves in my hair. I would not use anything else. 

Ah, the ultimate Catch-22: If your hair is greasy, experts will tell you to stop washing it daily. But (depending on your texture, of course) if you don’t wash it daily, it gets…greasy. So what’s a girl to do? Dry shampoo. This one is an all-natural and surprisingly simple blend of four starches — arrowroot and rice powder, kaolin clay, and baking soda — plus two essential oils (rose geranium and palmarosaa) for a light, blossomy scent. The sprinkle-on formula takes a little getting used to, though the non-aerosol delivery system is less potentially harmful to your lungs.
Hi Tom, Yes, as reported: “Study investigators also calculated life expectancy by how many of these five healthy habits people had. Just one healthy habit (and it didn’t matter which one) … just one… extended life expectancy by two years in men and women. Not surprisingly, the more healthy habits people had, the longer their lifespan.” All of these results were statistically significant. There is a link to the actual study at the bottom of the post, it’s very clearly written, take a look.
I got questions about my dry natural could you help out here please thanks it will be a help to me? Will Jamaican Black Castor Oil make your hair grow does it make your hair more thicker and stronger and healthier because I was thinking about buying & purchasing the shampoo and conditioner but not sure. Does 100% Carrot Seed Oil works for your hair and more like Jojoba oil, Pomegranate Oil, Sea buckthorn Oil works I’m just as curious about these oils and what 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil can I mixed all these Oils together and have a mixture oil mix. What are some recommended Products for Dry hair like Shampoos And Conditioners from Deep Treatments to Hot oil treatments. I really need you’re help Kenneth and Kira.
My advice to you: Exercise regularly because it reduces stress and promotes general health – which indirectly can have substantive impacts on the success of your natural hair. Kira and I are huge fans of the Insanity Workout Program, but it’s definitely not for everyone. It’s an extremely intense, high impact workout program for people that are already in pretty good shape. Many low-to-medium impact programs are effective too. Check out our recommendation below. 

Nice article! :) I have a comment/question… So I recently did the big chop and I read in the article that I should protect my ends. The only problem I have with that is my hair is short and I don’t like updo hair styles while my hair is so short. I don’t think they fit my face. I been wearing a faux hawk and a curly fro. Is this bad for my hair since I’m not doing anything to protect my ends?

I wear my hair in cornrows everyday with a wig on top. I will spray Carol’s Daughter hair milk refresher spray on my hair then apply any moisturizing creme I may have to give it moisture. Those cremes could be Cantu leave in conditioner, Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla hair sheen, Kera Care Butter Cream, or Cantu’s Tea Tree & Jojoba hair & scalp oil.
Unintentional weight loss can occur because of an inadequately nutritious diet relative to a person's energy needs (generally called malnutrition). Disease processes, changes in metabolism, hormonal changes, medications or other treatments, disease- or treatment-related dietary changes, or reduced appetite associated with a disease or treatment can also cause unintentional weight loss.[26][27][28][32][33][34] Poor nutrient utilization can lead to weight loss, and can be caused by fistulae in the gastrointestinal tract, diarrhea, drug-nutrient interaction, enzyme depletion and muscle atrophy.[28]
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