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Every wash day we look at our hair and try to decide can I go another day? Is my scalp that bad? And based on our observation we decide if we’re going to grab our moisturizing shampoo, clarifying shampoo or co-wash. In the beginning of the natural hair journey, there’s a lot of trial and error until you decide what works best for your hair. I know naturals who only co-wash their hair and use acv on their scalp. They say that works for their hair. I also know naturals who only shampoo because there scalp does better with it being cleansed that way, and their hair has less product build up because of it. All I would say is make sure you’re listening to your hair. Below are some suggestions on how you can use each product for cleansing from Mielle Organics.
Mielle Organics Babassu Conditioning Shampoo: is a light shampoo that lathers very well. So, in other words, a little goes a long way. This shampoo does a really great job at cleansing the scalp, However, I will say it doesn’t completely strip your hair and it doesn’t necessarily moisturize it.
Co-washing is great to do for in between styling and for added moisture. Although it’s not an alternative for shampoo it’s great to use to restyle hair in the middle of the week and refresh a new style. I know a few people rather co-wash instead of shampooing each wash day and they clarify once a month. If your hair likes that and you haven’t seen product build up or problems with your scalp. By all means, continue if you love the state of your hair. However, if you noticed your hair is lacking moisture, feeling heavy, it feels limp it may be time to incorporate more shampoo days. A great Co-wash to use in between wash days is Mielle Detangling Co-Wash.
Tell me below how you feel about the two and how you incorporate it in your natural hair regimen?
Looking for ways to help maintain your edges and keep them healthy? Look no further. Check out these tips!
Applying water prior to styling products can literally make or break your edges. Water gives your hair a little more flexibility and moisture. Trying to style your edges on dry hair can cause breakage. Have you ever noticed when you apply your edge gel your hair seems stiff? If you’ve noticed that, you probably should also notice that doing that can snap those edges clean off your scalp. In order to save the edges and still have them on fleek, apply water from your spray bottle as your first step.
Pick an edge control that has growing factors as well. Now that your hair has the water and oil applied to it, it’s now ready for the application of the edge gel. I like to pair the Almond Mint OIl with Mielle Organics Honey & Ginger Flexible Hold Edge Gel. I also like to pair the Rosemary Mint Oil with Mielle Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel. Both of these edge gels have oil that stimulates hair growth. Trying these steps will enhance those edges and keep them from looking non existent.
Another way to keep your edges healthy, is decreasing the amount of tension. Tension meaning styles where your hair is pulling at your edges, or too tight. So styles like buns, high puffs, cornrows, weaves. If those styles are done tightly you can end up with broken, or thinning edges. Try doing those styles and making the ponytail or braids looser, especially at the edges. When I do my puff I make it pretty loose and I follow up with water, oil, and edge gel to smooth the edges and tame any fly aways. You will still get the same look but with less tension. For box braids on cornrows; you can even have the stylist leave out some of your edges to lay later. Still make sure that the stylist continues not to braid so tightly. Low manipulation throughout the week helps with hair growth as well. Pay attention to these 4 things and you will see a difference with your edges.
There’s no exact time frame on when you should trim your hair, Although, some specialized in cosmetology would say every 4-6 weeks , or every season. At the end of the day it’s up to you. Here you can find some signs of when your hair may need a trim. This can help you make that decision that’s right for your particular situation.
Also known as single strand knots. These are little knots at the end of a tiny strand of hair. This tends to happen due to split ends traveling up the shaft of the hair. Therefore, making it less easy to detangle without having an increase amount of shedding. The only thing that helps when it comes to this dilemma is a trim and deep conditioning. I prefer to deep condition with protein to help restore the split ends after the trim. I recommend Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Oil Deep Conditioner it’s a great balance of protein ( which will help with repairing your hair) and moisture.
When it’s time for a trim styling your hair becomes very difficult as well. For example when doing a wash and go the ends of your hair will have less definition, it will tangle easily, and you may even have lifeless almost straight strands at the ends of your curls. Those are all signs that we may need to clip those dead ends. No sense of keeping them around. Why you ask? It will interfere with your growth retention. Dead ends will just travel up the shaft of your hair, causing more to be cut off in the long run.
Some have also complained of an increase amount of frizz. Typically when they doing styles such as : Twist Outs, Braid Outs, Perm Rod Sets, and Flexi Rod Sets. The ends of the hair will not set as smoothly as it does with healthy ends. Causing major frizz and your style will not last as long. Clipping what only need to be taken off along with using moisturizing products can help that bad hair day, quickly turn to a good hair day. Also protecting your hair with a satin scarf or bonnet can help with split ends. Protecting your hair can also help decrease the amount of frizz. Products that are great with helping frizz is the Honey & Pomegranate Curl Custard. I recommend this products after you get your necessary trim. This custard will give your wash and go some pop after trimming your hair..
These last two signs basically go hand in hand. When you experience dry hair it can lead to it becoming brittle. It’s usually towards the end of your hair , However, it can work it’s way up your hair shaft. Precisely why you need to manage your trims carefully. After you received your necessary trim, follow up with a moisturizer to help with moisture and keeping those strands smooth. A daily moisturizer that is great to use is the Mielle Organics Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk , this moisturizer is not too thick. I highly recommend that you apply the moisturizer and follow up with the Mint Almond Oil to seal in the moisture.
Try these 5 Tips and let us know how it worked for you? You may need to tweek certain tips based on your hair density and hair porosity. However, these are great 1st steps to get you started on a healthy hair regimen. These tips will help with your healthy hair and growth retention goals.
There are so many changes that come with becoming a mother Unfortunately, postpartum hair shedding is one of them! For many of us, our hair is our best accessory and a major way we show our personality through different hair styles. So when chunks of hair start disappearing a few months after giving birth, it can be a lot to handle. With 3 year old of my own, I’m no stranger to postpartum hair loss, so I want to share three things you can try to help you deal with it.
Before we get into it, just know that postpartum hair loss is totally natural and very common so you’re not alone! It all has to do with the changes in hormone levels and the different growth stages of your strands. You can read more about the “why” behind postpartum shedding in this post. In short, it’s basically inevitable but here are some ways to work with it.
Wear the Right Styles
While you may not be able to completely prevent postpartum shedding, you can do what you can to make sure you’re not adding to the problem. The hair loss usually occurs around the hairline and temple area, so now is not the time to pull your hair into those tight ponytails (or any time for that matter!) or installing braids so tight you can’t think. Take care when styling your hair to make sure extra stress is not being put on your edges. Wearing loose styles may be best for you until the hormones level out. If updos are more your thing, try sectioning out the front of your hair and styling it in a bang or a loose roll & tuck faux bang.
Some may go as far as just starting all over with a big chop! This way, any hair loss is less noticeable and everything can grow back at the same time. You may want to give heat-styling a break to be safe but if you do use heat, protect with our Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray to help prevent dryness and further damage. Remember, you can’t stop postpartum shedding but you can work on keeping as much hair on your head as possible!
Analyze Your Diet
It is said that breastfeeding can slow down the process of postpartum shedding but it may take a year or so before your body is somewhat back to normal. In the meantime, you can do your part by taking a good multivitamin or dietary supplement like our Advanced Healthy Hair Vitamins. A balanced diet that includes lots of water, fruits and veggies are important for keeping your body in good health. When your insides are healthy, your hair has a better chance of thriving as you go through these changes.
Try Scalp Massages
Scalp massages are great for relaxation but also help stimulate the scalp and hair follicles to help promote and encourage growth. You’ll LOVE our Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil! With more than 30 essential oils and nutrients and infused with Biotin, this powerful oil is the perfect mix to help support healthy hair growth as you recover from postpartum hair loss. Massage in the affected areas or use all over as a hot oil treatment. A little goes a long way!
Postpartum hair loss can be stressful but we’re here to support you through the changes! What techniques have you tried to help you get through postpartum shedding?
Are you finding that your natural hair is super dry not matter what you do with it? Here are a few reasons why that may be the case and what you can do to start fixing it!
Drinking More Water
Whenever someone asks me what they can do about their dry hair, the first thing I ask them is “are you drinking enough water?” More often than not, the answer is no. Basically, the health of your hair starts from the inside. You’ll only get out what you put in… or don’t put in. Our bodies are about 70% water but we lose some throughout the day when we sweat, urinate, etc. So it’s important that we replace that water every day to stay properly hydrated. Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration and affects our body overall but it will definitely show in the health of your hair! If drinking water is hard for you, start with one glass a day and work your way up.
Deep Condition More Often
Textured hair tends to need a little extra help when it comes to moisture. So it’s good to have a routine of moisturizing the hair on the outside to work with your water intake. After cleansing your strands, a regular routine of deep conditioning can take moisture to the next level. Our Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque is part of our newest line and is formulated to deeply moisturize and penetrate dry, thirsty hair. This nutrient rich formula - with ingredients like aloe, horsetail & henna - hydrates, nourishes and strengthens all at once!
Try adding a deep conditioning to your weekly routine to build up the moisture and adjust the frequency as needed. For added benefits, use with heat by wearing a plastic cap and sitting under a dryer or wrapping with a towel.
Moisturize For Your Hair Type/Needs
Moisturizing natural hair isn’t one size fits all. So it could be that no matter how many products you layer on your strands, your hair is still dry because they’re not right for you. For example, thin, fine hair may need a lighter moisturizer like our White Peony Leave-In Conditioner and a lightweight oil like our Mint Almond Oil while thicker, more coarse hair might benefit best from the heavier formula of our Pomegranate & Honey line.
The method you use to moisturize is also key. You may have heard of the L.O.C. (liquid/leave-in, oil, cream) method but for some, the process may need to be flip-flopped and others may omit a step. Take a good look at your hair and watch how it reacts to your routine. This may take some time but it’ll pay off in the end when you learn your hair and can give it what it really needs to thrive. Whatever your needs, pay special attention to the ends of the hair when moisturizing because it’s the oldest part and tends to be the driest.
Many naturals swear off heat to ensure the health of their hair but if you must use heat, try to minimize how often you do. Too much heat on naturally textured hair can over-dry strands that are already prone to dryness. When you do use heat, use the low-medium temperature settings and prep the hair to prevent over-drying and permanent damage. The hydration from your cleansing and deep conditioning steps will get your hair ready for heat styling but adding our Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray will create a nice barrier between the heat tool and your strands. With a blend of certified organic ingredients like almond, argan, sacha inchi, and mongongo oils, your hair will be able to handle the heat. Keeping heat to a minimum is your best bet for keeping dryness at bay. Read more about heat protection here.
Wear More Protective Styles
Wearing our hair out can be fun but doing so also exposes it to the elements and whatever moisture our hair does have escapes, especially during the cooler seasons. Since the ends are the driest part of the hair, tucking your ends in a protective or low manipulation style will help you retain moisture longer.
Protect Your Hair at Night
Nighttime maintenance is just as important as how you treat your hair any other time. Many of us opt for cotton bed linen but this material absorbs the moisture from the hair. Wearing a satin or silk bonnet or scarf at night will help keep moisture in the hair. If you hate wearing head coverings at bedtime, try switching out your cotton pillowcase for satin so your head can be free while your hair stays protected.
If you’ve been suffering from dry hair, start putting these steps into practice and see if you notice a change over time. We hope these tips help!
Conditioners are a vital part of your hair care routine. Choosing the right conditioner for your hair can be a challenge, but one way to narrow down your options is to choose the best conditioner based on your hair porosity, which is more important that curl pattern! But first, let’s talk about what porosity means.
What Is Porosity?
Porosity is a measurement of your hair’s ability to absorb and hold moisture, and it is determined by the structure of your cuticle — the outer layer of your hair. Low-porosity hair has a tightly bound cuticle layer, making it difficult for moisture to penetrate. However, it also makes it difficult for moisture to escape, once it’s in your hair. On the other hand, high-porosity hair has gaps and holes in the cuticle, allowing moisture to easily pass in and out. Medium porosity is a perfect balance of the two.
Porosity is determined by genetics, but factors like heat and chemical processing can raise your hair’s porosity.
Now let’s talk about how your hair porosity determines what type of conditioner you should use.
Find the Perfect Conditioner
For Low-Porosity Hair
Low-porosity hair can be prone to buildup, especially when it comes to products that are protein-rich or heavily oil-based. We recommend protein-free conditioners with humectants like honey or glycerin that draw moisture into the hair strand. The Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Protein-Free Hydrating Conditioner is an ultra-moisturizing organic hair conditioner that is perfect for low-porosity hair. Made with organic ingredients like almond oil, sacha inchi oil, and sub-Saharan African mongongo oil, this all-natural formula provides the nutrients your hair needs for intense hydration.
For Medium-Porosity Hair
Your hair care routine for medium-porosity or normal-porosity hair should include protein-rich deep conditioning periodically, but not too often. Try our new Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque to enjoy deeply penetrating moisture.
For High-Porosity Hair
In caring for your high-porosity hair, your routine should include protein-rich conditioners more frequently in order to close those gaps in the cuticle layer and repair damaged hair. Our Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner is enriched with fatty acids and natural oils, as well as complex amino acids from wheat, soy, and other all-natural ingredients, to help hydrate and replenish your hair. It infuses your hair with protein and moisture, and it can be used for both medium- and high-porosity hair.
Porosity vs. Curl Pattern
While some in the natural hair community focus on curl type, keep in mind that people with similar curl patterns may have different porosity, and therefore need to use very different products. Knowing your hair’s porosity is key to choosing the right organic hair conditioner for you.
Of all the days on the calendar dreaded by a woman with natural hair, wash day has got to be number one! We know it’s gotta be done, but there’s one part of the process that makes us rethink the whole thing: detangling.
It seems the tighter the curl we have, the more we put it off because we just… can’t… even! But in eight years of dealing with my thick, kinky hair, I’ve learned that there’s a right way to do detangle natural hair, and I’ve even learned a few tricks to make things go a little smoother. There are three main things you need. Come in closer and catch these tips!
The Right Technique
You may already know this little tidbit, but it might be worth stating anyways: you can’t treat your naturally textured hair the same way you did when it was relaxed. When your hair was straight – if you transitioned from relaxed hair, that is – you had little to no problems passing a comb or brush through your hair right from the roots on down. But kinks, coils, and curls need a different approach.
The best way to loosen tangles in textured hair is to start from the ends and gently work your way up. Avoid rushing through, which can cause the strands to snap and break, leading to split ends. Please, take your time. Also, dividing the hair into sections and working on one chunk at a time will make life so much easier.
The Right Product
Applying a product to your hair to aid in the detangling process is a huge plus! Working on hair that’s damp and covered in conditioner can give you the slip you need to get through the strands with ease. Mielle’s Mongongo Oil Hydrating Conditioner helps to soften the hair while giving it shine. You can also use an oil like our Mint Almond Oil on damp hair as part of a pre-poo routine to aid in detangling. You can even mix the two together to create major slip and make detangling a breeze! Keep a spray bottle handy to re-wet your hair if it begins to dry out.
The Right Tools
The tools you use to detangle your natural hair will depend on individual texture and personal preference. There’s no one rule of thumb for every natural girl, since every head of hair is different.
Wide-tooth combs were the gold standard at the start of the whole “natural hair movement,” especially if you had highly textured hair. These are still useful, but there are now a variety of brushes created specifically to work through tangles of even the kinkiest hair.
You might find it helpful to use your fingers to remove large tangles, and then go in with your detangling brush or comb. To cut down on manipulation and possible breakage, some ditch the tools and go for finger-detangling only. You may find that this works best either when you’re in the shower with the water running along your strands or if your hair is saturated in your product of choice. Whether you use a detangling comb, one of the brushes on the market, or your fingers, the rule of working from ends to roots still applies.
One final thing to keep in mind is that you will have some hair shedding while you detangle. We all naturally shed, on average, about 100 strands per day as hair goes through the stages of growth. So if you wear a style for a few days or longer, don’t be alarmed if you find more hair in your brush or your hand than usual.
What methods do YOU use to detangle your natural hair?
One common gripe we hear across the natural hair community is dry hair. Why is dryness such an issue with naturally textured hair, especially for those of us with tightly coiled/kinky textures and what can you do about it? We’re here with some help!
Why Textured Hair Gets Dry
Simply put, dry ends happen due to lack of moisture… that’s a given - no moisture = dryness. This happens for two main reasons:
The ends are the oldest part of the hair. Especially if you wear your hair out a lot, being the furthest away from the scalp - where you’ll find the natural oils - that part of your hair will dry out faster.
The curlier the hair, the harder the natural oil from your scalp (sebum) has to work to reach the ends of your hair. If your hair is super curly, coily and especially kinky, you may experience dryness more than your straight-haired counterparts. A person with naturally straight hair will likely tell you that their hair is often TOO oily. Ever notice that their hair usually has a natural shine to it? Sebum has no problem traveling the length of straight hair. This, of course, doesn’t make their hair better… just different. Those of us with tight curls and kinks just need a little help holding onto the moisture.
Here are a few things you can do to get your dry ends feeling more moisturized and healthy…
One of the main ways to make sure your hair stays moisturized is to work from the inside out. Drinking plenty of water will help keep the scalp moist and supple which then trickles down to the hair. When you don’t drink enough water, dehydration can have a direct effect on the skin (scalp) and hair, ultimately making the hair, especially the ends, dry and brittle. Hair will thrive and be softened if we keep up with our water intake.
Use a Moisturizing Shampoo
From there you’ll want to make sure your wash day routine includes products that will keep the hair hydrated. Our Babassu Oil Conditioning Shampoo is free of harsh sulfates and gently cleanses the hair without completely stripping it of its natural oils. Conditioning ingredients like babassu oil and hibiscus extract add moisture to the hair to keep it soft.
Maintain moisture on your ends by regularly deep conditioning. Deep conditioners like our Mongongo Oil Hydrating Conditioner penetrate to help give hair that is especially dry a boost of hydration to prevent the damaging effects that dryness can cause.
Rinse with Cool Water
Warm or hot water may feel best, especially if we wash our hair in the shower. But for hair that’s already prone to dryness, this will add to it. Try rinsing with luke-warm to cool water instead to help seal the hair cuticle and keep moisture in the strands.
When done altogether, these tips will ensure that your ends are as moisturized as possible. This is important for preventing dryness that leads to damage like split ends and breakage which will help you retain length.
We hope this gave you a few ideas on how to keep those ends stay healthy!!
Want to take your skincare regimen up a notch with spending a ton at your local day spa? Try using a facial mask right at home to treat yourself and your skin to some much needed TLC. I like to dedicate Sundays as face masks days to address any issues I notice during the week. It helps me relax and gets my skin ready for the next week.
Face masks are like quick facials in a jar. Face masks are easy to use and give excellent results in a short time. Using a face mask is a commitment to bettering your skin. When you take the time to apply a mask, you’re investing time on the health of your skin especially if you need to address a particular concern. Whether it’s acne control, reducing the visibility of pores, hydration, or anti-aging, there are tons of benefits to using a face mask.
Hydrating masks are the key to beating dry skin, especially during the winter. Applying a hydrating mask at night before bed helps ensure that your skin can really reap the benefits while you sleep vs being out in the elements during the day. Our Pomegranate and Honey Hydrating Face Mask is sure to leave your face feeling hydrated. This hydrating face mask gently cleanses your pores resulting in a radiant glow. Squeeze a dime size amount on to your fingertips. Gently massage onto damp skin avoiding eye area. Leave mask on for 5-7 minutes and rinse with water.
Facial masks can also benefit oily skin, but keep in mind that some hydrating masks that may actually make your skin oilier. Instead, look for a detoxing, purifying mask that is clay-based, as well as those that contain red algae. These ingredients pull dirt and excess oils from the skin while tightening your pores. Face masks penetrate deeper into the skin layers than other skin care products, giving your skin an amazing detox. Using face masks regularly cleans your pores and keeps the skin clean, reducing the chances of getting acne.
Certain face masks focused on anti-aging, and are loaded with antioxidants. These masks can give your face a smoother and brighter appearance while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Look for masks that have extracts that aid in resurfacing the skin. Face masks, especially those with peeling ingredients, can help with blood circulation as well. The scrubbing action of washing off a dry mask stimulates and expands blood vessels, providing much-needed nourishment to the skin and improving its condition.
Absolutely anyone regardless of their skin type should consider applying face masks every week as part of their skincare regimen. Are you adding a face mask to your weekly skin care routine?
As we see so many women going back to their natural hair texture, they are becoming more aware of their overall hair health. One main concern has been keeping those edges in check. There are a number of things that could contribute to thinning edges so here are a few tips that address some of them.
Consider Your Styles Techniques
Sometimes in an efforts to “slay” our edges, we may overdo it when slicking down the hair for certain style like buns, puffs and ponytails. The edges of our hair are already very delicate. So, over-manipulating by brushing and putting too much tension on the hair can cause the to thin out over time.
If you realize that your edges appear thinner than what you’re used to, give those styles a break for a few days before wearing them again. When you do pull your hair back or up into a style, be gentle. Try using only your hands to smooth the hair along with a styler that will be good to your edges. The stimulating ingredients of our Honey & Ginger Edge Gel promote hair growth while smoothing the hair into place.
Somehow, we’ve come to accept that getting braids means you’ll have a headache afterwards. But you can have neat braids without sacrificing your precious edges. Research stylists who actually specialize in hair care who won’t put unnecessary stress on your edges. If you do feel like the stylist is pulling to tightly on your strands, speak up. This includes the cornrows you wear under your wigs and weaves. Whether you install your own or you have someone else do it for you, be careful with the tension.
Analyze Your Diet
Aside from styling part of hair care, you should also care for what’s going on inside. Your strands feed on what’s carried through your bloodstream to the scalp and into the hair follicle, so it’s important to start from within to help regrow thinning hair. A balanced diet including plenty of fruits and veggies can ensure that you get the nutrients your body needs to support the health of your hair. Drinking lots of water every day also aids in this process. And don’t forget about exercise! Regular exercise will improve blood circulation in the scalp and the body overall which stimulates growth in hair follicles.
Try a Multivitamin
Vitamin deficiencies can affect the health of your hair, causing it to thin out with the edges being especially sparse. An effective multivitamin like our Advanced Healthy Hair Vitamins or our Gummy formula can help fill in any “gaps” in nutrients that your diet that might be lacking to promote growth and support regrowth.
Massage the Scalp
Regularly massaging your scalp, especially your edges, also stimulates blood flow to encourage growth in any thinning areas. Add an oil like our Mint Almond Oil to your fingertips and gently massage your edges before bed or whenever you wash and style your hair.
Further stimulate the scalp with powerful essential oils. The latest product to join the MIELLE family, our Rosemary and Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil, encourages growth by invigorating and nourishing the hair follicles. It contains over 30 essential oils - including rosemary, tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus - to give you just what you need to bring your edges back to life!
If you’ve been having trouble with your edges, try these tips for a few months. Track your progress to see if there’s any improvement and let us know how it goes!