Sunday, November 13, 2011

Not Seeing Growth? Six Major Hair Killers by Omonike Anderson

1. Addictions: Yes! Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine—when consumed in excess amounts—can rob the body of essential nutrients your hair needs to thrive. In addition, smoking has been conclusively proven to prematurely harden blood vessels, restricting blood flow and damaging capillaries (tiny blood vessels that pass blood from arteries to veins). Limited blood circulation means VERY little stimulation for hair growth. To avoid stunted growth, consume these stimulants in moderation.

2. Dehydration: Insufficient water intake not only leaves your hair dry and brittle, but can completely halt hair growth altogether. Here's why; water nurtures the cells that divide and grow your hair, so when cells aren't being adequately lubricated they cannot perform their job properly. To be certain your body is receiving sufficient water, the Institute of Medicine recommends that women consume an average of 9 cups per day while men consume an average of 13 cups.

3. Fatigue: Chronic lack of sleep can affect your body’s chemical balance, which can stunt hair growth—or even cause hair loss. Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep, but 7-9 hours of rest per night is highly recommended for adults, according to Timothy Morgenthaler, M.D. Even more so, it is essential to establish a regular sleep schedule when you are guaranteed to get a quality night’s rest.

4. Laziness: Getting that blood flowing is not just good for the body, but can also work wonders for your hair. Regular exercise gives the body the circulation it needs to promote hair growth and maintain healthy tresses. Studies prove that inactivity contributes to stress which produces a hormone called cortisone. This hormone is known to stop hair follicles from growing altogether. Exercise can help combat this hormone as increased activity reduces the amount of cortisone present in the body. To be certain you are getting enough exercise, the US Department of Health and Human Services recommend working out for 30 minutes at least five times a week.

5. Nutrition Deficiency: It’s not rocket science, healthy looking hair often grows out of healthy bodies. Since your hair is the last part of your body to receive nutrients, hair growth may be stunted when there isn’t enough to go around. Eat the foods your hair loves, such as lean meat and poultry, eggs, yogurt, broccoli, spinach, and fish rich in Omega 3’s. These foods are excellent sources of protein and are proven to have positive effects on hair growth.

6. Improper Hair Care: Excessive heat, roughhousing, and failure to thoroughly moisturize are all practices that can keep the hair breaking just as quickly as it grows. Remember, your natural strands are VERY delicate and demand the proper TLC to thrive. Be sure to keep those blow dryers and flat irons under the recommended 347 degrees Fahrenheit (or low/medium setting), be gentle when handling or detangling, and always remember that dry hair is the prerequisite for breakage.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Natural Chicka's (Mae) Top 10 Tips for Natural Hair Care

I’ve compiled some tips that have helped me along my natural hair journey in hopes that it will help you too! *Mae*
1. Don’t be afraid to experiment with products and styles. You’ll learn so much about your hair!
2. Get involved with the rapidly growing online natural hair community (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Fotki, etc.).
3. Protect your hair at night by sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase, and/or wearing a satin or silk bonnet/scarf.
4. Look for products that have a water base to moisturize your hair & remember to drink water!
5. To help with detangling, use a wide tooth comb on hair that is wet and saturated with conditioner.
6. Sample products. Try to buy sample sizes that you can test first and visit swap” parties to exchange products with friends.
7. Do Natural YOUR Way. No two heads of hair are alike, so stick with what works for you.
8. Take pictures! Documenting with photos can help you keep track of your hair journey and will remind of you of what worked and what didn’t.
9. Moderate your use of heat as excessive heat use can lead to heat damage over time, which can loosen and permanently damage your natural curl pattern.
10. Minimize breakage by ensuring that your hair is free of split ends. This can be treated with trims as needed.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Types of Hair

Some have questions on what type of hair they may have. Listed below are the different hair types. Check and see which category you fit in!!!

Andre Walker, an Emmy award winner, has created a numerical system for hair typing. This system is used to simplify and provide an exact definition for each type of hair.

Type 1:This type of hair is always straight.

Type 2: Wavy HairThis hair type is a combination of type 1 and type 3. This type of hair has a little more texture with a “S” pattern to it. Type 2 hair lays flat with the “S” form that starts from the root of the hair down to the ends. A frizzy wave can also indicate this hair type. There are three Type 2 subtypes: A, fine and thin; B, medium textured; and C, thick and coarse. Type 2A is very easy to handle. It can be blown out into a straighter style or take on a curlier look with relative ease. Types 2B and 2C are a little more resistant to styling and have a tendency to frizz.


Type 3: Curly Hair
This hair type is where you will see a definite curl. If this hair type is healthy, your curls will be springy and have strong elasticity. With this hair type, the cuticle layers don’t lie as flat so the hair may not be as shiny as type 2 hair. When this hair is wet it looks straight, but when it dries the absorbed water contracts the hair into its curliest form. Humidity is no friend to type 3 hair. It will make the hair frizzy and dull looking. Your curls may then appear dry and fuzzy.
Subtypes of type 3 hair:

Sub Type 3A Very loose curls. These curls require a little moisture that will help to define your curls. Make sure this hair is not weighted down with heavy or too much product. This will shrink or tighten the curl making the hair appear shorter in length. It is recommended that this hair be air dried or diffused. Sleeping on a satin pillowcase or tying the hair with a satin wrap will reduce tangles.

Sub Type 3BHere you will see a tighter curl. More moisture is needed for this hair type along with products used to eliminate frizz. Again, let hair air dry or use a diffuser for faster drying time. A satin pillowcase or a satin scarf will reduce tangles.

Sub Type 3CKinky or very tight curls. Extra moisture is a must for type 3C hair. If the right amount of moisture is not used, the hair will easily break or appear dry and damaged.

Type 4: Kinky HairThis is kinky, or very tightly curled hair. Generally, Type 4 hair is very wiry, very tightly coiled and very fragile. Type 4 hair has lots of strands densely packed together. Type 4 hair is the most fragile hair type. It has fewer cuticle layers, which means that it has less natural protection from the damage of combing, brushing, blow drying and straightening. There are two subtypes of Type 4 hair. Type 4A is tightly coiled hair that, when stretched, has an “S” pattern, much like curly hair. Type 4B is also tightly coiled, but has a “Z” pattern.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Do you have a hair care regiment?

I have been reading the book Grow It by Chicoro. The information in the book is very informative. In fact, I got the idea to read the book from Kimmaytube. It is one of the books that she read to help get her on the right path to grow longer, stronger, healthy hair.  While surfing the net today, I also found a website that pretty much suggest the same technique as Kimmaytube to help obtain healthy hair. I am going to share the link with you and encourage you to share your hair care regiment with the followers on this page. We can all learn from each other. I will begin next week to start the hair care regiment on the site that I will paste below. For me, the only changes will be is how I detangle my hair and my method for sealing in moisture. I hope this site help anyone who is struggling to get settled on a technique to help their hair start growing.

As always, invite your family and friends to the blog. 

Peace, love and many blessings to you!

Nakia AuNaturale Davis

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Come Totally Clean

I wanted to share with everyone my regiment I used today to totally clean my hair from all the buildup and oils I had been using over the last several weeks.  After I got off work, I shampooed my hair which I only do every now and then. Then I used Koils By Nature Stimulating Hair Growth Rinse which has ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) in it  

"will restore the pH balance to your hair, close the cuticle layer, creating great shine, softness, and manageability.  The normalizing effect will remove buildup & restore the hair’s natural acid mantle.  The infused nettle, burdock root and horsetail will, stimulate the scalp and follicles promoting hair growth. "
Ingredients:  purified water, organic apple cider vinegar infused with burdock root, horsetail, nettle, and essential oils.  This is directly from her website.

After rinsing out the Stimulating Hair Growth Rinse, I applied EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and her Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner and bagged it. Went to bed for about 3 hours and woke up to rinse it out. I applied a little more of the Shealoe Leave In Conditioner after completing the wash as a leave in moisturizer. My hair is super soft. My kinks and coils are defined and softer than ever. Over the course of the last three hours, I have been doing mini two strand twist which will be my protective style for the next two-three weeks.

I am not saying that you have to use the same products that I used but it is good to use ACV for a thorough cleansing of your hair.  The Stimulating Hair Growth Rinse is only $6.00 and it is for a big bottle. I will post her website at the end of this blog.  I am currently doing my twist with AloeFlax Gel by Naturalista Cosmetics. I am already liking the feel of my twist and how they are staying so neatly in place.  And you can always just pre-poo with EVOO and a leave-in-conditioner and get the same softness. I just know how much product I put on my hair and wanted it to "Come Totally Clean" today!!!!

Websites:   (currently having a buy one get one free sale for today only) And yes, I placed my order!! :)

As always, I hope this information helps with taking care of your AuNaturale hair.

Keep being the natural you!

Peace, love and many blessing!

Nakia AuNaturale Davis

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ingredients You Should Avoid

Hi Naturals,

I hope everyone is doing well. Here is a quick list of products you should look for in products you buy. Everyone has different opinions on what they consider natural. So if a product is listed that you consider okay for your hair, that is perfectly fine. This is a list of ingredients that I try to avoid. 

Ammonium lauryl sulfate, behenamidopropyl dimethylamine lactate, butyl paraben, cetyl alcohol, cocamide MEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, hydrolyzed protein, lauramide DEA, methyl glucose dioleate, myristamine oxide, octyl methoxycinnamate, olefin sulfonate, polysorbate 20/60, sodium cocosulfate, sodium hydroxymethyl glycinate, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, sodium myristoyl sarcosinate, soyamidopropalkonium, stearalkonium chloride, TEA (triethanolamine) lauryl sulfate...

I hope this info helps when you are on your PJ (product junkie) spree and trying to find exactly what may or may not be healthy for your hair.

Take care!!!

Peace, love and many blessings!

Nakia AuNaturale Davis 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tips and Tricks for your hair

Hi My AuNaturale,

I hope that you are taking good care of your kinks, curls and locks but here is some tips and tricks for you to maintain healthy hair:

(1) Binding wet hair into a tight pony is a curly hair care no-no, and can cause split ends. Instead, slick wet hair back with conditioner and a little oil or gel.
(2) Avocado butter is quite effective in stretching curly hair. When hair is twisted or braided with the butter, it will generally have much less shrinkage than without it.
(3) Twist on wet hair and allow ample time for hair to completely dry. Untwisting when your hair is damp will inevitably give you the frizzies.
(4) Deep condition regularly as hair behaves best when it's nice and moisturized. DC every week for softer, more manageable hair.
(5) Co-wash or shampoo with sulfate, silicone and alcohol FREE products. When it comes to all your product try to keep it all natural.
(6) Don't EVER skip your Hair Conditioner. Opt for all natural conditioners and not just the ones that say all natural but read the ingredients.
(7) NEVER towel dry your hair. This only causes frizzness especially if you’re using a terry cloth towel. Drip dry, t-shirt dry or use a microfiber towel.
(8) It is imperative that you cover your hair while you sleep with a satin scarf or bonnet or invest in a satin pillowcase. This will not pull at the hair or absorb the moisture in the hair.
(9) Grab a spray bottle, fill it half way with water and add three tablespoons of olive oil. Shake well and use daily to add moisture to the hair. Spray liberally.
(10) The human head sheds on average 50-100 hairs each day. Detangling will help you get these hairs out and prevent tangles from reforming.

Info is the advice of Curly Nikki! She is great and has awesome hair.

Take care and you got being the natural you!

Peace, love and many blessings!

Nakia AuNaturale Davis

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Natural Hair Doesn't Have to be Difficult!!!

Wearing natural hair does not have to be difficult. Here are seven tips for growing and maintaining natural hair with ease.The final tip is the most important, so make sure that you read it! If not you risk chemically processing your hair without even knowing it…


Be patient
The average hair growth each year is six inches, and this applies to ALL races. Hair growth- natural, relaxed, texturised or under hair extensions- takes time to grow. The more you watch it, the slower it seems to take. Measure every few months and then focus on other things. By the time you measure again, you’ll be shocked by the results!
Read ingredients
Never believe the front label! Read the entire list of ingredients on the back, and if there is anything you don’t understand, write the name down and google that ingredient. If any negative effects have been posted online, don’t buy that product.
Try natural products
Not all naturals use natural products, but some want to know exactly what they’re putting on their heads. By natural products I mean ones that have not been processed. Natural products include African Black Soap, Shea Butter, and various oils that I discuss in the Maintenance section. Using natural products means you know exactly what you are putting on your head, so no more reading long lists of ingredients.


Be rough 
In the natural myths section I speak about this in more detail. Always be gentle with your hair. Baby it. Caress it. Nurture it. Treat your hair the way you want to be treated- respectfully. If you continue to be rough with your hair, the negative effects will show themselves e.g. breakage, dryness, etc.
Be negative
Natural hair has a negative stigma in the black community, so don’t be surprised if some loved ones are not understanding. I am not saying that you should walk around with a chip on your shoulder, but develop a thick skin. Remember that it is a good thing standing out from the crowd, and no matter how many people despise your hair, many, many others will love it.
It is YOUR hair on YOUR head. Everyone else can mind their own business.
Be judgemental
Don’t let your ego get the better of you! No need to get on your high horse because you don’t conceal your hair under hair extensions or change it via chemical applications. Many of us, including myself, used to live that lifestyle, so we can’t judge others without being hypocritical. Even those who have always worn their hair natural need to keep themselves in check. Just because you were lucky enough to be raised seeing afro-textured hair as beautiful, it does not give you the right to look down on others and be smug.
IMPORTANT: Naturals who feel strongly about not using straighteners or hair extensions tend to get labelled as ‘militants’. Unfairly, there doesn’t seem to be a name for relaxed, texturised or weaved up women who dislike natural hair. If you feel that you earned the label, ease back a bit. No one likes being lectured. If the person is just trying to hurt your feelings, ignore them! Naturals seem to attract people who are on the defensive.
Use naturalaxers
There are some ‘natural’laxers on the market. AVOID! These are not natural or organic products, but relaxers and texturisers under a different name. These companies can see the increase in women wearing their natural hair, so they want to tap into that market. A clue that the product is not what it seems is the ingredients. If you see lots of chemicals then it is not what a natural is looking for. Compare the ingredients to those in a relaxer/texturiser’s box, and you will see how similar they are.

Those are the seven ways to maintain your natural hair. Always keep them in mind when you are pampering and buying products for your hair. Using these tips should help you grow fantastic natural hair.

Information by: TrulyNaturallyCoiled    (check her out on Facebook)
                         AKA: Tazia LegallyGorgeous

Friday, July 29, 2011

Sites for Great Products and Hair Accessories

 Thought I would post some links of great sites that you can try products for your hair. For the most part, I have tried them all. I will say that all products will not work the same on everyone's hair so I would encourage you to order sample sizes at first.

Hair Products

Hair Accessories  (Hairwear by Stephanie)


Youtube followers I love:








They have great information!!!

 Hope this information helps. Remember......Love Being the Natural You!

Peace, love and many blessings.

Nakia AuNaturale Davis

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oils, Oils, and more Oils

As you may now know, water and oil is extremely good for your hair. For years, we have been taught that water was not a good source for women of color hair. Well, low and behold, that's so not true. Water helps to maintain and seal moisture in your hair. Below, you will find a list of oils that work well on natural hair. I often find myself using spring water and mixing carrier oils along with a few essential oils to mist on my hair. An important note to remember is that Essential oils such as Grapefruit Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil and many more are so concentrated, that they should be mixed with a Carrier Oil such as Almond Oil, Avocada Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and many more. So below I will list some Essential and Carrier Oils that can be used on your hair and what they are good for.  Later, I will post some recipes.

Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is loaded with nutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. It supplies the hair with vitamins A, B, D, and E. It is particularly useful for chemically treated and damaged hair.
Jojoba Oil
Jojoba essential oil can be used with any hair and skin type. The healing qualities of jojoba oil are beneficial for extremely damaged or breaking hair. This truly is one of the best essential oils for hair loss due to breakage. Apply the oil to towel dry hair and leave on for at least half an hour. A very small amount applied to the skin of the face will help prevent hair dye stains when dye is applied.
Castor Oil

Castor oil, extracted from the seeds and beans of the castor plant, is best for thickening hair, promoting hair growth, preventing hair thinning, and relieving scalp infections. Even though you can use any brand of your choice, the best brand of castor oil is Jamaican Black Castor oil.
Olive Oil
Olive oil can be combined with other nice smelling essential oils and is especially beneficial for dry hair. Olive oil helps in growth of dry hair. The hair is nourished and will regain its elasticity after a treatment with this oil. Apply the oil to towel dry hair and leave on for at least half an hour.

Shea Oil
Shea oil (and shea butter) ia extracted from Shea-Karite tree. It benefits hair by healing damaged scalp, clearing up hair infections, eliminating dandruff, improving hair elasticity, and repairing split ends.
Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil, from the Rosmarinus officinalis plant leaf, is well known for its therapeutic benefits. One of the important rosemary oil properties is its stimulating effect. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles to promote hair growth, slow down premature hair loss, and gray hair.
Coconut Oil

Coconut oil comes from a coconut. Regular use of coconut oil ensures that your scalp free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs. It also aids in the regrowth and nourishment of damaged hair.

Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils For Hair Growth

Rosemary encourages hair growth. These two herbs when used together externally prove extremely beneficial to anyone wanting to grow his hair. For best results, take a pan of water and boil rosemary, sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock. Strain the loose herbs from the liquid and wash your hair with this liquid everyday. Clary sage when combined with jojoba and applied to the roots of your hair can cause your hair to grow.

Tea Tree Essential Oil for Hair Growth

Tea tree oil is one of the most versatile essential oils for hair growth when it comes to hair treatments. This oil moisturizes the hair and minimizes oil production of the scalp, preventing greasy looking hair and leaving the scalp clean and dandruff-free. A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to olive oil for a mild but effective weekly treatment to deal with dandruff problems.


Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth

Lavender essential oil is used to treat a variety of conditions including alopecia (hair loss). It has been shown to promote the growth of hair and increase the rate of wound healing. In a study it was found that people suffering from alopecia who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair re-growth. Thus lavender or a combination of lavender and other essential oils were responsible for the beneficial effects.

Kukui Nut
Made from the official state tree of Hawaii, kukui nut oil has been used by Hawaiians for hundreds of years.  This oil contains essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids which are very similar to skin lipids and provide high penetrability and moisturizing benefits to hair and skin. 
Known to benefit acne, eczema and psoriasis, kukui nut oil can also be used to treat sunburns and chapped skin. Kukui nut oil can be used alone as a hair and scalp oil or added to shampoo to add special nourishing and softening benefits.  More expensive than other oils, kukui ranges in price from approximately $7.50 for 4 ounces to $135.00 for 1 gallon. 
Aloe Vera Oil
Oil from the slightly green tinged, succulent aloe vera desert plant contains one of the most precious substances for human scalps, hair and skin. This odorless oil is rich in enzymes, vitamins, proteins and minerals which support health.

Not only does aloe vera oil help maintain proper moisture balances, it stimulates circulation which is helpful for hair growth. Excellent for dandruff, this oil will also soothe psoriasis and eczema of the scalp.  loe vera oil applied to a sunburned, infected or raw scalp will receive special soothing and healing. Made from an infused process, aloe vera oil is a descendent from an African plant that is now commonly found in the desert areas of the United States. The Aloe Vera plant is a type of lily that has a special ability to retain water.  This is an excellent carrier for both oral and topical applications of essential oils. 


Helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This helps the hair to receive proper nourishment and to grow correctly. Peppermint makes the scalp tingle and this is what stimulates the blood flow to the hair.

Not all oil is good oil. Oils, such as mineral oil and petroleum oil, are harmful to your hair follicles. Mineral and petroleum oils are synthetic oils that cause buildup, clog pores, and block water from penetrating the hair shaft. Try to avoid using any leave-in products containing either of these ingredients.
 I hope this information helps with what types of oils you can purchase that would be great for Natural Hair Journey. There are many oils that can be used. This list only contains a few that many use on a regular basis.
Peace, love and many blessing.
Nakia AuNaturale Davis

Sunday, July 3, 2011

It All Starts From Within

Hello My AuNaturale's

As I sit and think of the many reasons of why I decided to go natural, I realized it really had to do with me as an individual. Me trying to find myself. Me trying to figure out how I wanted to recognized and noticed. In order to be rational about the many decisions in life that will affect your beauty, emotions, personality and so forth, it will begin with you loving yourself. You have to love yourself enough to research and see what you need to do for your hair. This decision is not about your significant other but it's about you and if you are going to be able to love yourself with the changes. When I did my big chop, I immediately feel in love. I have never liked long hair but I tolerated it because that was what my spouse liked. But he even had to admit that short hair suited my face better.  But the main point that I need this blog to focus on is that you have to do all that you can do to take care of your hair. It will start with a balance diet of protein, fresh fruit and veggies and your required water intake daily. 8-10 glasses is what many say is the normal amount. I say the normal amount is that and then some if you can take it in. Exercise helps to start blood circulating that will flow to the follicles of your hair shaft. Make love with your hair each morning and night by doing scalp massages with oils such as jojoba, castor oil (use wisely as it is heavy), coconut oil and there are many more. Your hair and scalp will thank you in the end. I will be posting a list of different oils later this week that will help you to know what they are good for. Being that it is hot, I am currently using a water mixture with glycerin to help with the humidity for my hair. But at any rate, just know that you have to love your hair the same way you love yourself. Take care of your hair the way you take care of your body! You don't just want long hair, you want healthy hair. And guess what............It All Starts From Within! Until next time, Love Being the Natural You!

Peace, love and many blessings!

Nakia AuNaturale Davis

Monday, June 27, 2011


Hi Natural Chicka's

Let's take the opportunity to introduce ourselves. State how long you have been natural, why you decided to go natural and what is your current regiment. You can also state what area you think you need information the most in.  If you are in the Winston Salem, High Point or Greensboro area, you can get double the information as my sister-n-law Laquisha Willett who is a member of this blog has a Natural Hair Meetup group. More information on the group will be posted late. But for now, lets break the ice and meet each other blog style!

Have a great night and Love Being Natural!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hello and Welcome

Welcome to my blog everyone! My name is Nakia Davis. I have been natural for 16 months now and has realized it is an awesome journey but at the same time, it is a lot of work. Knowledge is the key to successful healthy hair. This blog will contain information to help you get started if you are in the transition stage or if you decide to just to the "BC!" (Big Chop) So post any questions you may have. If I do not have the answers, I will do my best to find you a resource or find an answer for you. I hope this blog helps and remember.......enjoy your Natural Beauty!