How To Use Coconut Oil To Tame Big, Frizzy Hair

Hi friends!
This post is more for big 4b/4c hair  ladies like me. I have not been doing much to my hair lately. I deep conditioned my hair with Africa’s best hair mayonnaise today. I washed it with TREsemme moisture rice conditioner, and conditioned it with Scurl “No Drip” Activator Moisturizer. I used TREsemme naturals to twist my hair.
Okay, this post is not about me,  it is about curly girls who can’t get their frizzy hair to behave.

You will need:

  • Coconut oil
  • Water base/thick conditioner like ( Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner)
  • Measuring cup
  • Wide tooth comb

4b/4c hair tends to not like protein so much, so be careful how much coconut oil you mix with your conditioner. Depending on the length of your hair, you should mix two (2) tbsps of conditioner with one (1) tbsp of coconut oil.  Add the mixture to your hair from mid shaft to ends and comb your hair through. This mix will get your hair ready for the humidity waiting for you outside.

Try my recipe and tell me what you think.

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Can Braiding Damage My Natural Hair?

       Yes. After braiding my hair for so long and experiencing hair damage myself, I can honestly say that braiding can damage your hair if not done properly. You know when somebody is doing your hair the person puts so much pressure on your skull you can’t even breathe, I have done that to myself.

  1. If you want to avoid damage caused by braiding you have to avoid tension to the head.
  2. Use a leave-in conditioner or hair oil while braiding the hair to keep it smooth.
  3. Use a gel like (Let’s Jam) to avoid fly away and make the braids last longer.
  4. Don’t pull too hard on the hair when putting the braids in a ponytail.
  5. Don’t use too much braiding hair  and too little of your own hair when getting braids.
  6. If you are getting cornrows and braiding them from the front to the back, have somebody hold the braids for you so you don’t pull too much hair from your edges.
  7. Moisturize the hair, as braids can dry up your natural hair.
         Getting braids can be good to the hair if it is done properly and if it is well cared for. I get braids as a protective style a lot because the style keeps my hands away from my hair. Most of the time it is a little uncomfortable after getting fresh braids, but if you can stand the discomfort for a few days it is well worth it. Remember to keep your braids fresh by conditioning your hair, oiling your scalp, washing your braids with cool water if it’s possible, and wrap your hair with a silk scarf before going to bed. 

How Long Will It Take For My Relaxed Hair To Go Natural?

Well, let’s see…. Forever! When you relax your hair the process is permanent. The relaxer causes permanent change to your natural hair. It destroys a big portion of the chemicals that give the wavy shape to your natural hair. Those hair chemicals (produced by the body)  also provide strength to your natural hair. If you want to go natural you will have to either slowly transition to natural hair, or do the big chop.      
     Your hair grows 1/2 an inch on average every month. If you do not want to do the big chop, the best thing you can do is to let your hair grow for at least 12 to 18 months, then remove the relaxed part of your hair. I transitioned for 8 or 9 months before I removed the relaxed part of my hair.  I recommend that you talk to your hair stylist to discuss your options. You can opt for different protective styles like wigs, braids, or weave if you don’t want to deal with two textured hair all the time, as two textured hair requires more care and patience. 

What Is Traction Alopecia?

Naomi Campbell with Traction Alopecia

 Alopecia is simply a scientific term for “hair loss”. Traction Alopecia is hair loss caused by tension placed on the hair.

      Traction alopecia is a common cause of hair loss and has been traced to modern practices that include braiding and weaving, and the placement of hair extensions, and is seen both in children and adults.

      What happens is that the tension placed on the scalp due to these styling techniques (and often the added tension caused by the weight of extension hair) irritates the scalp and the hair follicles which are being pulled upon. This causes the hair to loosen from its follicular roots, but is only a secondary issue. The big concern here is the inflammation caused by the irritation of the follicles from the chronic tension. The follicles can become atrophied and damaged to the point where they will no longer produce terminal (the longer, thicker and darker) hair. When caught early, this type of hair loss is reversible, but prolonged traction can and will cause permanent loss of hair in the affected areas.

      The most common areas affected by traction alopecia are the forehead and temple regions, which are generally the areas that receive the most stress from the aforementioned styles. 
Is there a cure?
If the bad styling habits are swapped in time for better ones then the scalp may get better on its own in time but there are also a number of products/drug treatments available to help speed up recovery from the damage. However it may take some time to see any results if any at all. 
If you’re willing to cough up some cash then permanent hair loss can be treated with hair transplants although this cannot prevent another hair loss if the same hair styles that caused it in the first place are continued to be used.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of Traction Alopecia then change your hair style now if you do not want to lose anymore hair permanently.
Changing bad habits

  • If you wear small tight braids/plaits then loosen them up and do them larger.
  • If you wear tight weaves exchange a tight weave for a wig instead or just let your hair be as it is.
  • If you wear locs then avoid pulling these too tight or redoing them too tightly. If you are considering locs-ing up then go for medium sized locs instead of really large ones.
  • Loosen up your hair bands and avoid daily use of headbands that are very tight.


References: http://www.powertotheafro.com                      http://www.hairfinder.com           

What Is Traction Alopecia?

Naomi Campbell with Traction Alopecia

 Alopecia is simply a scientific term for “hair loss”. Traction Alopecia is hair loss caused by tension placed on the hair.

      Traction alopecia is a common cause of hair loss and has been traced to modern practices that include braiding and weaving, and the placement of hair extensions, and is seen both in children and adults.

      What happens is that the tension placed on the scalp due to these styling techniques (and often the added tension caused by the weight of extension hair) irritates the scalp and the hair follicles which are being pulled upon. This causes the hair to loosen from its follicular roots, but is only a secondary issue. The big concern here is the inflammation caused by the irritation of the follicles from the chronic tension. The follicles can become atrophied and damaged to the point where they will no longer produce terminal (the longer, thicker and darker) hair. When caught early, this type of hair loss is reversible, but prolonged traction can and will cause permanent loss of hair in the affected areas.

      The most common areas affected by traction alopecia are the forehead and temple regions, which are generally the areas that receive the most stress from the aforementioned styles. 
Is there a cure?
If the bad styling habits are swapped in time for better ones then the scalp may get better on its own in time but there are also a number of products/drug treatments available to help speed up recovery from the damage. However it may take some time to see any results if any at all. 
If you’re willing to cough up some cash then permanent hair loss can be treated with hair transplants although this cannot prevent another hair loss if the same hair styles that caused it in the first place are continued to be used.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of Traction Alopecia then change your hair style now if you do not want to lose anymore hair permanently.
Changing bad habits

  • If you wear small tight braids/plaits then loosen them up and do them larger.
  • If you wear tight weaves exchange a tight weave for a wig instead or just let your hair be as it is.
  • If you wear locs then avoid pulling these too tight or redoing them too tightly. If you are considering locs-ing up then go for medium sized locs instead of really large ones.
  • Loosen up your hair bands and avoid daily use of headbands that are very tight.


References: http://www.powertotheafro.com                      http://www.hairfinder.com