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DIY Herbal Shampoo and Green Tea Rinse

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DIY Herbal Shampoo and Green Tea Rinse

Close up of henna, castile soap, and green tea.
Nupur Henna
Castille Soap
Green Tea
Choice of essential oils
Vitamin E (optional)
An empty container
*You can purchase the Nupur henna and the green tea at your local Indian market. You can purchase the castile soap from Amazon or Etsy. 
1 Tablespoons of Nupur henna (any brand)
1 C of Castille soap
1/4 C carrier oil (I used olive oil)
15-20 drop of essential oil (optional)
Vitamin E oil (optional)

Gather all your supplies. Pour all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix. Pour into your container ( I bought mine at Sally's Beauty Supply).

Close up of henna shampoo.

Close up texture shot of henna shampoo.
*You can add a little shampoo in a smaller jar and freeze the rest for next time. It will last until next wash day.
Apply to your hair and scalp. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse. This is where I rinse with my green tea rinse. Apply your favorite conditioner. I follow up with a deep conditioner because henna can leave your hair dry.

Please store this mixture in a dry cool place and not in the shower. If you make extra you can store it in the freezer in a sealed tight container and it will last for months. When you need to use it, just thaw it out at room temperature. Please don't place it in the microwave.

Benefits of Henna:
It reduces hair fall
Strengthens hair
Conditions hair
Prevents dry scalp/infections
Adds shine
Naturally colors your hair
Repairs split ends

Benefits of Green Tea:
Stimulates Growth
Helps with Dandruff

Try it out and let me know what happens! Please feel free to ask questions.

Natural Hair: The First Year's Journey

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Natural Hair: The First Year's Journey

Your first year of wearing natural hair will not be without its ups and downs. You will spend much of it trying to understand what does and does not work for your curls, kinks, coils, mind, body, and spirit. Somedays you will be pleased with your decision, celebrating the fabulous natural styles you manage to pull off. Other days you may question the choice you made to ditch your creamy crack for Nubian kinks and coils.  
Here are a few tips to remember during the first year.
Steel Yourself for the Critics
Get ready for the critics. Despite the many strides that the natural hair movement continues to make, there will always be those who champion the cause of straight hair or a good weave. Do not allow the weave and chemical relaxer addicts to bring you down or let them make you question your decision to be a naturalista.
Take Pictures of Your Natural Hair Journey
Take a few pics during the first year of your natural hair journey. At a minimum, you will want to document your big chop, your first bout with shrinkage, your first coil-do, you first two-strand twist, and the braids. Aim for a photo update every 30 days.
Oh, and don’t forget to snap a few pics of the days that you retreated to the safety of a wig because you were having a bad natural hair day. Yes, there will be plenty of those as well. 
You can share your journey on social platforms like Instagram or create videos detailing your year-long voyage. Everyone enjoys a good natural hair journey story.  
Embrace Your Shrinkage!
Shrinkage will become a looming presence in your relationship with your hair. Although it is occasionally preventable, it will not be entirely avoidable, mainly if you reside in humid climates, so get ready to accessorize your overall style and look with a collection of good earrings and eye-catching make-up to distract admirers from your bout with shrinkage. 
Natural Hair Forums
Natural hair forums are full of confused and knowledgeable natural hair divas just like you. Find a few natural hair communities to join so that you can learn as much as you can from other naturlaistas who are proud to rock their natural kinks and coils. A few great communities include:
Enroll in YouTube University
Every novice naturalista has to start somewhere in their natural hair journey, and YouTube can be a great place to learn the tricks and trade of being a natural hair diva.  Find a natural hair maven with hair that looks like yours to start. Yes, there are others who will tell you not to limit yourself in this way, but following a diva with 3A Hair when you have 4C hair will prove highly frustrating when your hair is in a puff versus a curl after a rod set tutorial. This is only the beginning and the next subject will be about creating a hair regimen. Please make sure to reference the Natural Hair Terms Page for commonly used words and definitions used in the natural hair community.

Peace & Love

Natural Hair Terms

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Never stop learning written on a chalkboard

Natural Hair Terms

Hair porosity- can absorb too much water and hard to retain water

Normal porosity- allows moisture in and easily absorbs it into the hair

Low porosity- it’s hard to absorb moisture, but once its absorbed it stays moisturized.

Hair porosity test- take a clean strand of hair and drop it in a glass of water and wait 3-5 minutes. Hair floats at the top if its low porosity. Hair sinks to the bottom if it’s high porosity. Normal porosity hair floats in the middle.

Pre-poo- applying a conditioning treatment to increase moisture and protect your hair.

LOC method- liquid, oil, cream

LO method- liquid and oil

LCO method- liquid, cream, oil

Moisturizing oils- able to penetrate the hair shaft, best used with water (example: olive oil)

Sealing oil- Seals in the moisture sits on top of the hair (example: JBCO)

Clarifying- removing build-up with shampoo

Condish- conditioner

Holy grail- products that have given great results

Co-wash- wash hair with a moisturizing conditioner

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV )rinse- Used to help close your cuticles and add shine. Used primarily after shampooing.

Big Chop- cutting off relaxed or chemically treated hair and leaving your natural textured hair

Transitioning hair- growing out your relaxed or chemically treated hair while transitioning to you natural textured hair

The line of demarcation- is where your relaxed and chemical treated hair meets your naturally textured hair

TWA (teeny weeny afro)-½ to 1 inch of new growth after your BC

Slip- describes how easy it is to detangle your hair using a certain product

Shingling- used to manually define your hair by applying a leave-in or gel from the root to the tips of your hair by stretching and smoothing sections of your hair.

Regimen- weekly or bi-weekly hair care

Pineappling- a method used to preserve your hair for second-day hair. This method is used by putting your hair in a loose high ponytail.

2nd-day hair- the second day rocking a previous style

Fluff- using your hands to create maximum volume

Essential oils- an oil that comes from a natural substance

Protective styling- a styled used to protect your hair from external elements (example: bun)

Single strand knots- when one hair strand wraps itself around neighboring strands.

Deep condition (DC) it helps to add moisture back into your hair.

Density- how many strands of hair you have on one square inch of your hair. It’s broken down into low, medium, and high density. There are multiple tests to test for hair density (ex: ponytail test and scalp test).

 Please don’t overwhelm yourself. If there are words that you think I should add just comment below.

Simple But Fun Things To Remember About Me

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Simple But Fun Things To Remember About Me

  1.  I'm a mom.
  2. I like to travel
  3. My favorite show is Jessica Jones
  4. My favorite movie is Black Panther.
  5. I'm a Christian.
  6. I've been natural 10 years.
  7. I like to sing.
  8. I love thrifting.
  9. I sell on eBay.
  10. I've traveled to 20 states.
  11. My favorite hair product is JBCO.
  12. My least favorite hair product is shea butter.
  13. I like to take photographs of my city.
  14. I have two degrees.
  15. I'm engaged.
  16. I have 10 siblings.
  17. My favorite food is pasta.
  18. I like taking long drives to think.
  19. I like watching the sunset.
  20. My favorite drink is root beer.

Welcome Natural Divas

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Welcome to Yummy Natural Hair!

My goal is to create an educational atmosphere for all my natural divas. I will be discussing natural hair tips, how-to recipes using natural ingredients, transitioning to natural hair, big chop and so much more.

Peace & Love


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