How I maintained my Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair

IMG_1351 (1)I don’t flat-iron my hair often, usually only once a year, mainly because I like the texture of my hair when it’s not straighten. A few benefits of flat-ironing is being able to see the ‘true length’ of your hair. Straightening your hair can also add versatility in your styling routine.

A few disadvantages of flat-ironing natural hair is that it may not revert back to your curls or kinky/coily hair as quickly. Also, it may be hard to maintain straighten hair during working-outs or when it rains. As a result, many naturals find that their flat ironed hair only lasts for a very short time. Here are a few ways I kept my type 4 hair straight for two weeks, now I could have kept it straight longer; however, I just wanted my kinky/coily hair back.

First Things First – Go To A Professional

Salon Visit

Yes! I suggest getting your hair done by a licensed professional. Many naturals are comfortable with doing there own hair; however, I believe it’s best in these circumstances. The concern with going to a professional is trust, especially with all the articles about salons and stylist sneaking relaxers in on clients shampoo. However, the results of having your hair flat-ironed by a professional will be a lot better.

Now if you are having a hard time finding a stylist you trust, or cannot afford to go to a salon. I suggest investing in a good professional flat iron, make sure it has heat control settings.

Preserving Your Flat-Ironed Hair

Some naturals like to wrap their to there hair; however, when I do this I found that my hair has no bounce it just lays flat. Personally, I do not enjoy when my hair just lays flat. To keep my hair straight with a added curls and no heat, I use flexirods and curlformers. I love how using these tools help keep my hair straight with some bounce, while adding loose waves for a full look.

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Minimal Product Use

Kinky/coily type 4 hair requires lots and lots of moisture, I tend to use creams, butters, steam and oil. When my hair is straight using butters weighs it down and creams make it revert back to kinky/coils. In place of heavy products, I like to use light oils light oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. I lightly coat my hands with oil and apply to my hair daily. Doing this helps prevent dryness without weighing the hair down my hair.

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Another important factor to maintaining straight hair for an extended period of time is how you protect your hair when you sleep. Be sure to keep your hair protected while you sleep, use a satin/silk bonnet t or sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase.

Rain & Steam/Humidity

When my hair is in its natural state, I don’t worry about rain and humidity. The day I had my hair straightened it rain and rain. I kept a disposable shower cap in my bag and my umbrella to avoid the rain.  I usually don’t wear a shower cap; however, with straight hair is necessary.

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Working Out

Doing low intensity workouts will help minimize sweating be sure to use a sweatband during workouts. Sweatbands are a great way to keep your edges flat be sure your hair is completely dry before removing, if needed you can use handheld blow dryer on low cool-heat to make the process faster.

If you really want to get the most out of your flat-ironed, hair I suggest not to hang out at the pool or to the beach. If you do be sure to pin your hair up this will help extend the quality for your straighten hair.

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Additional Info and suggestion :

I suggest using a Dri Sweat Edge Women’s Headband or Save Your Do Black GymWrap while working out to make your hair last. I don’t suggest strengthening your hair in the middle of summer when it’s most humid outside also when it’s hot you may be prone to sweat.


I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU (LEAVE A COMMENT).

  • How often to you straighten your hair?
  • How do you style your hair when its straight?
  • What products work best for you when your hair is straight?
  • Have you tried any of these suggestions? If yes how did they work for you?

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How To Workshop – March 19th

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Join me this Saturday, March 19th for a hands on “How To” natural workshop... attendees can test natural hair products and get real hands on experience.

Learn some of the hottest styles for hair natural including  twist out, a quick up-do and get protective styling tips. Come with freshly washed and detangled hair. (Those who are uncomfortable with attending with your hair “undone”  feel free to come and learn).

ONLINE/PRE-REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Basic Styling Tools
  • Styling Products
  • How To workbook 
  • and More 

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ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY MARCH 18TH | LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, *DOES NOT GUARANTEE A GIFT BAG.

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Naturally ACT interactive workshops  focuses on enabling and empowering women & girls of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair.  These workshops are designed to help ALL naturals including curly, wavy, coily, kinky,  loc’ed and transitioning naturals.

“My goal is for youTo understand you hair and learn ways to rock you curls, kinky coils, sew-in, wig etc. with confidants, it’s not just about natural hair is about healthy hair!!  – Aleka “Naturally ACT” 

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SAVE THE DATE How To Interactive Workshop March 19th

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Naturally ACT focus on enabling and empowering women of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair thought interactive workshops and hands-on classes. 

This “How To” workshop is schedule for March 19, 2016. Attendees will have the opportunity to test products from various brands while learn styling techniques such as Twist Out, quick up-dos and protective styling tips. 

This workshop was created to help naturals understand their hair and learn ways to rock their curls, kinky and coils with confidants.

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Essential Oil & Aromatherapy Tips for Beginners with Karyn Lee-Garcia

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I’m back with an interview style post today. Earlier this year I connected with Karyn Lee-Garcia via an online entrepreneur community and decided to co-hosted an Instagram contest and have stay connected ever since. Karyn is a wife, mother, Prana Flow® Yoga Instructor and Essential Oil Educator focused on natural wellness solutions for yogis, mothers & natural hair lovers.

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When did you start your natural hair journey and why?

My natural hair journey started in 2001. I big chopped my hair after moving to Los Angeles. My hair was relaxed and became severely damaged after frequent ocean swimming trips. So, I chopped my hair and had no idea what to do with my natural hair until 2011.

During that time, I used tons of products and dabbled with including the essential oils of lavender and rosemary along with a few carrier oils. Ultimately, I had no idea what I was doing.

In 2011, I adopted my entire hair regime off the online YouTube natural hair guru, Natural85, and my hair life changed. A lot of her recipes included essential oils which I purchased from either Whole Foods or health food stores. I learned of the importance of essential oils but really only experienced a significant difference when I started using doTERRA essential oils.

Why do you recommend using essential oils on natural hair?

I recommend essential oils with natural hair care as they naturally nourish, strengthen and protect. My go-to essentials oils are rosemary (supports hair loss & breakage), lavender (sedative qualities & smells amazing), cedarwood (dandruff/eczema) & geranium (dry hair). However, there are a ton of other oils to use for natural hair care.

For hair, essential oils can be applied directly either neat (with no carrier oil) and with a carrier oil (if a sensitive scalp concerns you). I typically include essential oils in my DIY shea butters, conditioners & flax seed gel. The best carrier oils are coconut, jojoba, olive oil, avocado, argan, rosehip and so many more.

How do you suggest incorporating essential oils as a lifestyle?

For physical and emotional support, there are a vast range of single oils and blends to utilize. Personally, I start my day with a drop or two of lemon oil in water to naturally detox my system. Then, I anoint myself with the Balance blend and Frankincense as I start my work day and/or drop off my daughter to school. In the evening, I use Serenity to calm myself and sometimes my daughter down for a restful sleep. There are other oil blends to support the respiratory system and immune support. Consistency is the key when using essential oils. I typically use 6-10 different oils throughout the day either topically (on skin), internally (only a few essential oil brands can be used this way) and via a mist diffuser (aromatically).

How can people connect to you?

For more information and/or work with me one-on-one, I offer a free 20-minute Wellness Consultation for those interested in incorporating essential oils into their natural hair care regime and for their overall lifestyle. My sessions can take place over the phone or via video chat. During each session, we determine a few essential oil samples for each client. I personally mail them and then we follow-up with a longer, in-depth ‘Essential Oil Experience’ session.

Be sure to visit www.karynleegarcia.com and like her on Facebook.com/karynleegarcia let her know I set you. 

 I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU (LEAVE A COMMENT).

  • Have you used essential oils? (How and Why)
  • Would you like more if on essential oils?
  • Did you know what essential can be more helpful to living a healthy life?

 

 

Until Next Time! Connect to me:

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~Naturally ACT (Aleka)

 


Disclaimer: All suggestions, techniques and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment. I highly recommend conducting strand tests when trying or using new products, hair appliances and any product. I am not responsible or liable for adverse or undesirable affects including hair loss, hair breakage or other hair/scalp/skin/body damage as a direct or indirect result of the suggestions, tips, techniques and/or advice given.

 I am not representing, being paid by, or endorsing any of the product brands in this email, blog, video, document and so on. I purchased everything with my own money – UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. There are links to products that might be helpful based on the content of this email, blog, video, document and so on.

 NaturallyACT.com | Aleka C. Thrash is not responsible for hair damage and or loss as a result of reading this email, blog, video, document and so on. Please use all suggested techniques and or products at your own risk.

Scalp Massage Technique: Hair Growth Challenge

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Like our skin, our scalp needs to be moisturized daily and scalp massages have been proven to be an effective way to boost hair growth.  Good circulation is essential in the natural hair growth journey, scalp massages are also a good way to pamper yourself and boost your hair’s ability to grow.

The Challenge – Starting Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Massage your scalp once a day for 30 days, then twice a day for the next 30 days. 5-10 minutes in the morning and or in the evening.

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Your fingers are all you need. However I like to use a Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush, it’s great for shampooing and just as good for daily scalp massages.

Track your progress

  • Take before pictures that shows the length of your hair at the beginning of your challenge [front, back and sides] and post your pictures to Facebook.com/NaturallyACT and (hashtag) #ACTGrowthChallenge no later than Monday, August 31, 2015.
  • On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the end of the first 30 days; measure the length of your hair (front, back & sides) and post a picture of your results and talk about your progress.
  • Post your FINAL pictures of your results on Saturday October 31, 2015.
  • Throughout the challenge journal your experience and when posting your progress talk about growth, thickness, oils using, etc.

**This challenge is not intended to be another item on your ToDo list. Its important to enjoy your journey, also this is not just about growing longer hair. I want to challenge you to take better care of yourself, massage your scalp will not only stimulate hair growth it’s relaxing. Remember anything you do for 30-days will become a habit and growing healthy hair is a great habit to create.

How to do Scalp Massages

You can massage your scalp, using your fingers tips with any oil of choice or none.

  • Pour some oil into a bowl and warm the oil by placing the bowl in some hot water. The oil should be warm but comfortable to the touch.  Or you can just use your favorite oil straight from the bottle.
  • Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed.  Then, using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation

{Pay attention to your scalp stop if you get any irritation from the oil }.

The Benefits of Scalp Massages

A properly done scalp massage can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation, decrease stress, condition the scalp, and boost the strength of the hair roots. The kneading pressure applied by massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and boost circulation. Increased circulation means that the cells of the hair follicle will receive more of the nutrients necessary to optimal hair growth function. The rubbing motion promotes relaxation and feels good, thus increasing the production of “feel good” chemicals that work to lower levels of stress hormone in the body. Lower stress levels allow your organs to function more efficiently, thus boosting your hair follicle’s ability to grow hair.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
  • Conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
  • Helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded.
  • Helps relax the scalp and increase pliability.
  • Helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
  • Helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable.
  • Spreads the natural oils of the hair, increasing hair luster and vibrancy
  • Helps protect hair from the damaging effects of the sun and harsh weather by improving resiliency over time.
  • Replenish and rejuvenates for dry, damaged hair, and helps prevent excessive brittleness and split-ends.

Tips for making Time for a Scalp Massage

  1. When you’re too tired to do your scalp massage, have your Significant Other or children massage your scalp for you. 😀 
  2. While watching your favorite show on television, reading or surfing the internet, take a few minutes to do your scalp massage.  You will get it done in no time.
  3. Massage your scalp 1st thing in the morning before you style your hair or in the evening before your tie your hair up.

Suggested List of oils for scalp massages

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Emu Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Neem Oil

** Essential Oils **

  • **Burdock Oil
  • **Basil Oil
  • **Tea Tree Oil
  • **Lavender Oil
  • **Peppermint Oil
  • **Rosemary Oil
    • **When Using Essential Be sure to add to a carrier oil such as Jojoba, Castor or Olive Oil.
Information for Scalp Massage Challenge

Essential oils are very strong when using be sure to dilute with a carrier oil. Consult your healthcare provider to avoid irritation and allergic reactions.

There are a variety essential oil available for most hair and scalp issues. Remember that essential oils are VERY concentrated and should not be used directly on the hair or skin….always combine essential with carrier oils (almond, olive, castor and jojoba). Be sure to do your own research and choose the most appropriate essential oil that will work well with a carrier oil. Your scalp is part of your skin and to achieve healthy hair (not just long hair) you must take care of your scalp. Regular scalp massages improves hair growth and prevents hair loss.

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU (LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW).

  • Do you have any scalp issues (dryness, buildup etc) what did you do to overcome them?
  • Are you going to do this challenge with me?
  • What are your healthy hair goals (growth/length)?
  • Do you have any additional tips you want to share?
  • What YouTube videos do you want to see?

 

Until Next Time! Connect to me:

Facebook.com/NaturallyACT
Instagram.com/naturallyact/
YouTube.com/NaturallyACT 
Blog | www.naturallyact.com/

~Naturally ACT (Aleka)

 


 

Disclaimer: All suggestions, techniques and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment. I highly recommend conducting strand tests when trying or using new products, hair appliances and any product. I am not responsible or liable for adverse or undesirable affects including hair loss, hair breakage or other hair/scalp/skin/body damage as a direct or indirect result of the suggestions, tips, techniques and/or advice given.

I am not representing, being paid by, or endorsing any of the product brands in this email, blog, video, document and so on. I purchased everything with my own money – UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. There are links to products that might be helpful based on the content of this email, blog, video, document and so on.

NaturallyACT.com | Aleka C. Thrash is not responsible for hair damage and or loss as a result of reading this email, blog, video, document and so on. Please use all suggested techniques and or products at your own risk.



 

HOW TO USE ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL

In addition to simulating hair growth, rosemary is used to aid in digestion problems, including heartburn and more. Rosemary is used topically (applied to the skin) stimulating hair growth, treating circulation problems, toothache, a skin condition like eczema. Rosemary is an herb; the oil is extracted from the leaf and used to make essential oil.

Shampooing
Add rosemary essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner; use 2 drops of oil for every ounce of shampoo or conditioner.

Daily Scalp Simulation  
As a daily massage to stimulate new growth, simply add two drops of rosemary oil to one ounce of carrier oil such as jojoba oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil etc.  Rub into the scalp for three minutes before showering.

Hot Oil Treatment:
Try a hot oil treatment weekly or monthly to help add moister, retain healthy hair & healthy scalp.

  • Mix three tablespoons of carrier such as jojoba oil, grape seed oil, or avocado oil and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil.
  • Mix carrier oil and rosemary essential oil in a small glass jar that can be sealed.
  • Place the jar in a bowl of boiled water until the oil is warm.
  • Gradually massage the entire amount using your fingertips into your dry scalp for several minutes.
  • *Be sure to apply blend down the length of your hair (scalp to the ends).
  • Wrap your hair with plastic wrap or plastic shower cap, and then cover it with a very warm damp old t-shirt.
  • When t-shit becomes cool replace with another warm shirt.
  • Leave the blend for at least 30-45 or overnight, however if you do this be sure to remove the plastic wrap and sleep with a dry t-shirt on your pillow to absorb the oil.
  • Rinse and lightly shampoo your hair with a gentle Sodium Chloride & Parabens free
  • Follow with favorite conditioner.

Where to Buy:
You’ll find dry rosemary leaves at your local grocery store or try one of these links: doTerra,  NOW Foods, Plant Therapy Essential Oils.

 

 

Until Next Time! Connect to me:

Facebook.com/NaturallyACT
Instagram.com/naturallyact/
YouTube.com/NaturallyACT 
Blog | www.naturallyact.com/

~Naturally ACT (Aleka) 

 

Disclaimer: All suggestions, techniques and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment. I highly recommend conducting strand tests when trying or using new products, hair appliances and any product. I am not responsible or liable for adverse or undesirable affects including hair loss, hair breakage or other hair/scalp/skin/body damage as a direct or indirect result of the suggestions, tips, techniques and/or advice given.

I am not representing, being paid by, or endorsing any of the product brands in this email, blog, video, document and so on. I purchased everything with my own money – UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. There are links to products that might be helpful based on the content of this email, blog, video, document and so on.

NaturallyACT.com | Aleka C. Thrash is not responsible for hair damage and or loss as a result of reading this email, blog, video, document and so on. Please use all suggested techniques and or products at your own risk.