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You might be wondering how I would say such a thing right?  Or maybe you’ve experienced a change in your natural hair texture and you get it.  Regardless of what your thoughts are, I’d like to share that I’ve noticed my own hair texture change over a period of time during which I have moisturized and nourished it well.  Note here that the products or deep conditioning treatments you use will play a key role in helping your naturally curly or coily hair thrive.  My curls are not as small as they used to be.  I’m still a type 4 hair type but my whole head of hair is not 4C any more.  Some parts are 4A and others 4B.  My crown is the frizziest as well as the hair right at the front along my forehead and temples.  I think it’s because these areas are the most exposed.  The hair in the back of my head is the softest and silkiest.  Or at least my cuticle is more relaxed and smoothed.  This is the most protected part of my hair.  My guess is that  most people might experience this same phenomenon. 

Did you know that black women purchase at least 9 times more hair products than any other demographic?  We are always trying out new stuff to see whether our hair likes it.  Or we might watch an influencer with larger than life hair demonstrate the use of a product line and want to achieve similar results.  Many of us fall flat on our faces and pretty much give up on products we purchase when we don’t achieve our goals.  Six months down the road, we can hardly shut our cabinets that are overflowing with disappointing products.  Maybe we are too eager or too impulsive or maybe our vision for our hair is so tremendous that we forget to take the tiny, incremental steps needed to get to our envisioned destination.  In our eagerness and impulsiveness, we give up quickly on seeing the products we purchase through, and quickly shift to the next fad that shows up on YouTube.  If all this sounds familiar to you, read on because I have a surprising discovery to share with you. 

If you want to experience real change in the texture and look of your hair, stick with one highly moisturizing product line for at least six months.  Clients who’ve used the Naturaz Hair Care line have shared that they’ve experienced a texture change with consistent use of the product line.  Regardless of what you currently use or what you’re about to try out, stick with it for six months or at least finish the jars or bottles of products that you have.  Give them a fair chance to help you achieve your hair goals.  It takes time to really start experiencing a difference in texture so be patient and consistent. 

If a product line is making your scalp itchy or you have an allergic reacition, definitely stop using it and make sure you alert the manufacturer.  If your reaction is serious, see a medical professional as soon as possible.  I’m a lifelong natural and I’ve lived the gamut when it comes to natural hair.   Consider what I’ve shared in this article and remember that “a rolling stone gathers no moss.”  

Let us know what you think by leaving comments below and let us know what your hair texture is like now compared to the past and what you’ve done to achieve it. 

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Your current health and how you care for and style your hair may be contributing factors to hair loss.  As a quick reminder, tight hair styles, harsh chemicals used in permanent relaxers or texturizers or frequently heat treated hair are some examples of grooming methods that can affect your hairline, crown, scalp or cause general breakage.  If you generally take good care of your hair regardless of how you style it, and have recently noticed thinning or more breakage.  Consider the information I've shared below.  It might help.  I suffered from pretty bad anemia that was causing graying as well as thinning, even with excellent hair care.  

 

  1. Foods high in protein are great for your hair which is mostly made out of a protein called keratin. They keep your hair growing so that as old hair falls out, new hair comes in. Alternate between various healthy animal and plant sources of protein for balance.  Lean sources of animal protein like chicken and turkey are great to add to your diet.  Remember that red meat is high in saturated fat so avoid eating it in large quantities.  If you're low in rion, grass fed red meat and liver are great to incorporate into your diet as well as greens like kale, spinach, bok choy and more.  Take a look at Eat Your Way To Healthy Hair.
  2. Many women suffer from low iron due to blood loss during the menstrual cycle. Low iron can develop into anemia.  Foods high in iron are great for you and ensure that your body is producing the full amount of red blood cells needed for optimal function.  If you feel unusually tired, notice thinning hair especially around your hair line, have no energy and are getting sick often, see a doctor and check your blood iron levels.
  3. The wonderful effects of a well balanced diet will show up in your body over a period of time. You’re aiming for long term changes at a cellular level so be patient and stick with your program. Take a look at Omega 3 Fatty Acids For Your Hair
  4. If you have a medical condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and more, consult with your doctor and dietitian or nutritionist so that you can work out a meal plan that is complementary to the medication you take so that you feel healthy faster. Read Are You Losing Your Hair for some targeted information on how to evaluate your hair loss and seek help if needed.    
  5. Assess if current medications are affecting your appetite or creating a craving for the wrong types of foods. Discuss options with your doctor. 
  6. If you’ve just had a baby, remember that the demand for resources during and after pregnancy is high and depletes your body. Take a multivitamin, eat foods high in iron like liver and enjoy low sodium bone broths and soups in addition to your meals.  These will strengthen you, give you lots of minerals that your body needs and even help keep your bones and joints healthy, boost immunity, brighten skin and improve your hair.
  7. Do you get your two to three litres of water a day? If not, consider increasing your water consumption.  It will help boost moisture levels in your skin and hair!
  8. Get regular exercise to improve circulation to your entire body including your hair follicles.
  9. Get the Moisture Blast System to moisturize and support the health and growth of your hair.  

Healthy hair is a sign that your body is also healthy.  If you take great care of your body, it will in turn take great care of you! 

For more information visit www.naturaz.com or write to us at customerservice@naturaz.com
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Naturaz Hair by Mumbi Dunjwa - 5d ago

My vision is to help as many women and children to love, handle and wear their beautiful natural hair, regardless of type, with ease, beauty and grace.  It is possible not to damage your hair over a long period of time.  It is possible not to feel like you have to cover up your hair and scalp due to damage.  It is possible to care for your child's hair in a positive way that will help them fall in love with their curls and coils.

I developed the Naturaz Hair Care line to help people like myself with dry, very curly, coily hair. My hair, which I've always worn natural, was always a challenge to manage and it tangled a lot. In addition, when I looked around me, I noticed a lot of women suffering from non-genetic hair loss.  When I was testing out my formulations in the market, many women would approach me about hair thinning around their temples or on the crown of their heads.  I noticed how children were struggling with painful and long wash days.  I was determined to get to the root cause.  Curly, coily hair, tends to be dry.  Oils produced by the scalp do not travel far along the length of the hair and this results in dryness. 

I understood that the root cause that was driving women and children to practices that affected their hair and scalp was mainly because of dry, really difficult to comb hair.  I was determined to find a solution. 

Using my chemistry, health and technical background, I formulated Naturaz hair care products. 

My goal was to focus on rich, exotic ingredients that have been used traditionally on hair and combine them with other deeply moisturizing ones to create what we now call the "Moisture Blast Experience."  Mother's have often referred to our Naturaz Rehydrating Mist & Detangler as the "Magic Detangler!"  Our clients have shared that their hair is healthier, shows volume, shine and has bounce or that for the first time they can comb through their hair!  Based on the feedback we've received, I know for sure that our Moisture Blast System will make a difference for your dry tresses.  It has for my daughter who has the tiniest coils you ever saw and as you know, the tinier the coils, the dryer the hair!

Naturaz Hair Care products will deliver lasting moisture to you hair.  Your natural curls will blossom and your well moisturized hair will be soft, manageable and easy to style. 

I personally take great care to make sure that what goes into the product is good for you.  This is because the intersection between health and personal care products is of great interest to me.  One of our latest changes was to include steam distilled sunflower lecithin in our products.  It is a powerful emolient that is loaded with vitamins and the Naturaz Styling Moisturizer delivers it effectively to your hair and scalp.  I'm very passionate about continuously improving this product line because I and my entire family use it.  I  want Naturaz products not only to be best in class.  They need to be safe and beneficial for my child, your children and for your entire family.  This is my commitment to you.  

Read the Naturaz Blog to help you along your journey and if you need additional help, reach out to us at customerservice@naturaz.com 

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When I decided to formulate the Naturaz hair product line, my main goal was to make it easier to manage curly, coily hair.  I wanted sustained moisture, nourishment and the ability to quickly style my hair daily.  Most folks with natural hair or transitioning to natural encounter those long detangling/wash days.  Styling hair can also be daunting.  Cabinets quickly fill up with products that don't work, while frustration mounts.  At Naturaz, we want to curb frustration and get you results quickly. 

Vivianna from Viv Hair Therapy, recently tried and reviewed Naturaz products.  She doesn't like using oils on her gorgeous, thick type 4 hair.  She used Naturaz products on her wash day and was surprised that she needed only two products to get the style she wanted. She didn't need to condition her hair separately to achieve her results.  This is because the Naturaz 3 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo will cleanse, condition and moisturize hair without stripping.  Take a look at her twist out routine below.  

FULL Wash day in ONLY Two Steps! - YouTube

 

Vivianna Used:

  

If you don't like oils, I still highly recommend using the Naturaz Styling Moisturizer as a pree-poo treatment.  Give your hair ends some extra TLC because they tend to be more exposed to the elements.  If you do like oils, put some of the Naturaz Styling Moisturizer on hair hair before applying the Curl Defining Cream.  This will really bring out shine and deepen any hair color that you have.  

Please leave comments below or reach out to us at customerservice@naturaz.com if you have any questions.  

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Have you been struggling with dry natural hair no matter what you do?  Are you wondering why you apply product and your hair feels good at first but by the end of the day it is dry and lifeless?  

Natural curly hair tends to be dry.  The cuticles tend to be more open making it porous.  It therefore soaks in moisture easily but also looses it just as easily.  You might be wondering what a cuticle is.  Picture a hair strand and then imagine that it has a bunch of shingles neatly arranged up and down its length.  In curly, coarse hair types, the "shingles" tend to lift and not typically lay flat.  This is what causes the hair to be more porous, harder to manage and more prone to breakage.  So how can you lock in that moisture so that it is not such a struggle?  

  1. Use a rehydrating product that contains a humectant in it like glycerin.  When this is well balanced in a formuation, your hair will be infused with mositure and that moisture will be retained because you have molecules from the humectant attaching to your hair and helping it hold the moisture. Rehydrate as needed once a day or twice a day until you feel like your hair has absorbed and is retaining moisture.  
  2. Seal in the moisture with some oils or an oil based product.  When you smooth some oil on your hair strands, you help relax and seal the cuticle. Reapply daily or as needed but use your oil moisturizer along with an excellent rehydrator.     
  3. If you have a water based curl defining product, you can use it to further smooth your cuticle and bring out the definition in your natural curl.  Finger combing can be soothing to your hair strand as you help your cuticles lay down with the help of the curl defining product.  
  4. Wear a sleeping cap made out of silk or satin or if you can't stand having a scarf or cap on your head, use pillowcases made out of the same material.  
  5. If you live in a dry area or are battling cold, dry winter weather, use a humidifier in your home.  This will keep you hydrated all around and your hair will benefit from it.  
  6. Take omega 3 oils.  These will moisturize and add shine to your hair.  
  7. Drink 8 glasses of water a day.  Hydration is critical and you'll see a huge difference in the health of your hair.  

A great moisturizing routine with effective products is going to make a huge difference.  Please comment below or send your questions to customerservice@naturaz.com

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Protective styles for natural curly hair are very popular in the dry winter months.  Women wear braids, corn rows, hair pieces and more to keep their natural hair moisturized while allowing it to grow undisturbed.  We often get questions about how long is good enough to keep a protective style like braids.  Is one month ok or two months or more?  

I've had folks tell me that they've kept braids in for 6 months and experienced extensive hair breakage.  So I would not recommend keeping braids in for that long.  Two months is a little long but with really good maintenance and care, you might be able to get away with it.  When we have a protective style like braids, we tend to create build up.  This could be from oils that we use, lint (curly hair loves attracting and holding on to lint), dust, shedding skin from your scalp, shedding hair etc.  This build up mainly collects towards the roots of the hair and can make it difficult to take the braid apart as you approach the roots.  The longer your braids stay in, the harder it might be to maneuver around the build up.  

So how long is safe?  I'd recommend at most 6 weeks and if you do go up to two months or more, you have to really take good care of it to avoid a lot of breakage.  

Here are some thoughts that can help you take better care of your hair when it's in braids:

  1. We recommend rehydrating your hair daily or every other day and not with water only.  Our light weight, aloe vera rich Rehydrating Mist & Detangler will nourish and keep your hair and scalp hydrated so that you don't experience extensive hair breakage when you take it down.  Remember that you'll still shed hair even while it's in braids so expect to see your shed hair come off when you take down your braids.  
  2. Avoid tight braids because additional pulling and tugging inadvertently happens when you are sleeping (as your head moves around your pillow etc).  If you see a braid coming off with hair, it's a sign that your braid was too tight or that your hair is weak.  In due time, your hair will stop growing in sections where the hair is constantly pulled out.  Learn more about traction alopecia
  3. Avoid heavy braids - they'll likely tug too much at your roots and pull out your hair over time.  Keeping these in for long will wreak havoc on your hair and scalp.  

When you take your braids down, it is important to use very moisturizing and conditioning oils or products to keep it soft and manageable.  We recommend the Naturaz Moisture Blast System but you can use a product line of choice.  Just stick with the same line for up to six months to allow you enough time to evaluate whether or not it works for you and stop using if you have a reaction towards it or if the line makes your hair and scalp dry.

How long do you keep your braids in?  How do you care for your hair when in braids?  

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We love Jojoba oil at Naturaz and so does natural hair!  Most of our products contain it. It is derived from a shrub that is native to Mexico, Southern California and Arizona.  It's molecular composition is similar to the oil or sebum that we produce.  So when you put it in your hair and scalp, it's easily absorbed.  So you might wonder, "what will it do for my hair?"

  • It moisturizes and absorbs well into your hair and scalp
  • It can help reduce excessive oiliness of your scalp
  • It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
  • It doesn't block pores (non-comedogenic) and is non-toxic
  • It conditions and adds shine to hair.  Read about another emollient that adds shine to your hair:  Sunflower Magic For Your Hair.

 

Jojoba oil is high in vitamin E and in combination with it's effective emollient properties it supports and contributes to hair growth and thickness.  It also contains  chromium, zinc, copper and vitamin B complex like vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) which promotes healthy hair by strengthening and nourishing the hair follicle. 

Jojoba oil is not for consumption.  Use it topically on your naturally curly hair and scalp to nourish and promote healthy natural hair, scalp and skin.  

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I love Aloe Vera!  It can transform your hair and skin! Do you know that we use it in ALL of our Naturaz products?  

Aloe Vera is a plant that grows in tropical climates around the world. It's use has been traced back 6000 years to ancient Egypt!  It was illustrated in their stone carvings and must have been revered by the people.  

Aloe vera or using its botanical name Aloe Bardensis Miller, is one of the over 400 species of aloe that is widely used today.  It's used for wounds, sun burn, minor skin infections,constipation, cosmetic skin and hair care and more.  

In fact, aloe vera is a super plant with 75 or more components that are potentially beneficial for our bodies.  It is:

  1. High in Vitamins A, C, E, folic Acid, B12 and more
  2. It contains enzymes like cellulase, amylase, lipase and more, that are used for metabolism
  3. It contains fatty acids which give it anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties
  4. It contains anthraquinones which act as laxatives when ingested and topically act as anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agents. 
  5. High in minerals like selenium, magnesium, calcium, copper, manganese, chromium and more

So when you put Naturaz products in your hair and scalp, you are:

  • Infusing both with vitamins and minerals that provide nourishment and support healthy follicles and hair growth. 
  • Helping eliminate dry and itchy scalp 
  • Protecting your cells from damage because aloe vera is full of antioxidants
  • Controlling and inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses which can cause hair to fall out or make your scalp very itchy

Aloe Vera holds many times its weight in water and will help your hair and scalp retain moisture longer.  

I could go on and on about power- packed aloe vera but I'll give you a chance to experience it in action with other deeply nourishing and moisturizing natural ingredients that we use in the Naturaz product line.  To learn about how diet can complement your excellent hair routine, take a look at Eat Your Way To Healthy Hair .

What do you think of aloe vera?  How has it helped you?  

Please leave your comment and if you have any questions please write to us at customerservice@naturaz.com

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How often do you work out?  How about the women around you or those in your family?  If you do so often, that's great.  If you don't, I'd like to share that sweat is your friend!  In fact, it's deeper than that.  You need to break a sweat often if you want healthy hair and skin!  Many women don't really want to work out because they'll sweat into their hair style, mess it up and styling it again the next day is a night mare!  Many women with curly or coily hair that they've spent time straightening in whatever manner, shy away from all sorts of water.  Rain even a drizzle will make permed hair frizzy or heat treated hair shrink.  Showering without a shower cap will do the same.  Exercising and sweating will just make the roots of the hair shrink, become nappy and difficult to comb.  Swimming?  Don't even mention dipping the head into the water!  Even swimming caps don't quite work and who wants chlorine on their hair?

Working out might ruin your hair style but it might be worth re-thinking how you style your hair and how that prevents you from living your best life.  Might keeping a simpler, more natural hair style give you options to be a healthier you with express benefits of happier hair?  There are so many options for styling hair that you can somehow, with some learning, a little frustration, advice and persistence, work out a way to integrate regular exercise into your life and hair style.  Exercising:

  • Improves circulation to your entire body including your scalp.  This helps deliver more nutrients to your hair thus stimulating healthy hair growth. 
  • Strengthens your heart muscle and overall health. 
  • Reduces stress and improves your mood.  Excessive or sustained stress is known to cause hair loss.
  • Improves bowel function thus helping you eliminate toxins more effectively from your body.  

Check this article out to learn about one of my favorite detoxifying workout.  

Drinking your eight glasses of water every day in addition to exercises will boost your health.  This is because water transports nutrients into your cells while carrying waste and toxins out.

 So change your hair style if you need to and  get your sweat on - for inspiration and ideas check out the Naturaz Pinterest Page.  Eat well, drink your water, get healthier, and enjoy the transformation of your hair and skin! 

 

Please leave your comments below or reach out to us at customerservice@naturaz.com

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What do you think about wearing your natural hair to an interview or to work or to an important meeting?  Do you feel confident in your hair?  Do you think you look beautiful?  Do you care what other people say?  Do you like the hair style that you have on?  Do you think there will be a perception that you don’t wear your hair in a professional way?  What is professional hair?  What is good or bad hair? 

Natural hair can get contentious in this day and age!  Even with a blossoming natural hair community globally, we still have a long way to go to feel comfortable in and fully accept our natural curls and coils.  Styling is a major challenge for many women with natural hair and maintaining a style throughout the week can seem difficult. Check out our Natural Hair Styles for work on our Pinterest Inspiration page.  Give them a try and I'm sure you’ll get many compliments and inspire others to express their infinite beauty inside and out. 

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