Sunday, June 24, 2012

River of Jordan Mango Shine Hair Butter

I am so blessed by the response of my new hair care line. I created the Mango Shine Hair Butter for those like me who like the benefits of using butter on our hair, yet find some butters a bit too heavy to remove with simple co-washing.  Mango butter absorbs instantly into the hair and skin which for me make it the ideal butter to use on my skin and hair.  I wanted to show how Mango Shine Hair Butter is meant to be used on the hair. Although it is not typically meant to be used as a wash n' go product, it is great for sealing in moisture on wet hair no matter how you style it or which styling products you may use following it's application.  Mango Shine Hair Butter is also the perfect styling agent for twists and create gorgeous twist outs!  

What's In It?
Organic Mango Butter, Tucuma Butter (provides hair with the highest shine of all butters), Pure Organic Argan Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot Seed Oil,  and scalp stimulating essential oil blend that includes rosemary and ylang ylang, as well as other growth stimulating EO's. Organic Vitamin E Oil to protect the hair from sun damage and naturally scented with lemongrass essential oil. Recommended to be used within 6 months of purchase to ensure highest quality and strongest potency of oils.

How To Use Mango Shine Hair Butter:
 As always, I started off with clean deep conditioned hair
 I applied this amount to each twist, parting off each section into approximately 1 inch squares applying the Mango Shine Hair Butter from root to the ends.
Kynxx Twist Out Tip #1: When twisting the hair the best way to ensure a frizz free more defined twist out is to make sure when you section off the hair to be twisted and separate to 2 halves that you do not take hair from one side and add it to the other. By doing so, you will be able to untwist your hair without hair getting caught, you will literally be able to untwist your twist with one finger from the top to the end and it will result in a much more defined twist out.

 Kynxx Twist Out Tip #2:  I like my twist outs to have more hang time (length retention after hair is dry) so I use metal duck bill clips to stretch the twist a bit so my hair dries with less shrinkage

Kynxx Twist Out Tip #3: I covered my hair with a satin DuRag and allowed it to AIR DRY COMPLETELY prior to untwisting.  

The Finished Look

 My hair is very light and blows in the wind! Smells great and feels soft with a non greasy look feel and shine!! 
Kynxx Twist Out Tip #4: Maintaining a twist out for a full week is doable.  I do not retwist every night or every other night. I twist and it lasts an entire week by me simply twisting the top of my hair only.  The hair underneath cannot even be seen especially if your hair is collar bone length or longer.  By twisting the top of my hair only, that part lays over or on top of the rest of my hair and gives the appearance my hair has been freshly twisted everyday. I also make sure I sleep with a Du Rag every night and cover the ends using a satin bonnet.

Here are a couple of easy breezy styles I did that took less then 5 minutes each to create making use of my twist out once it got old and I didn't feel like twisting at all... 

 For this style I used water only to slick my hair up and bobby pins and clips to hold my hair up and to the side...

 This style was done using 5 elastic head bands. In the photo below you can only see 3 since the hair sticking out of the puff is covering the rest.  I started out placing one close to my hairline, another about an inch or so behind it, another behind the 2nd band, etc.  

Kynxx Twist Out Tip #5: I slept with a satin bonnet on the nights when I wanted to wear my old twist out in style, removing bobby pins, clips and elastic bands and just slept with it fro'd out and free.  I refreshed each morning with my light mist spray of water, aloe juice and lemongrass oil. My hair stayed moist and shiny without adding any additional Mango Shine to my hair!

To place your order for 
Mango Shine Hair Butter, click [HERE] 


Friday, June 22, 2012

Ayurveda for Hair: Heenara Powder

I finally got the chance to use the Hennara Herbal Hair Pack I purchased a little over a month ago.  Any and all things related to Ayurveda for hair attract my attention because my hair and scalp health are living proof of the benefits of using Ayurveda to clean and condition my scalp and hair.  I grabbed the box and was pleased to read the powder includes 14 natural herbs to help beautify the hair, color, condition, and nourish the hair thereby soothing body and mind with cool tranquility.

14 Natural Herbs included in Hennara Herbal Hair Pack include:
Shikakai (Acacia Concinna): Used traditionally in the Indian Subcontinent  for centuries.  This plant is often referred to as "fruit for hair" due to it's benefits on hair.  It produces less foam then a sulfate shampoo however it has a low pH and acts as a natural hair detangler.

 Amla (Phyllanthus Emlica): may be used on hair and skin, natural astringent and skin toner, helps promote black luxuriant hair, controls hair loss, stimulates hair roots thus promoting hair growth, cures scalp infection.

Brahmi (Bacopa Monniera): may help make hair dark, increases hair density (thickness), strengthens hair roots, stops premature graying, controls dandruff, stops hair thinning and hair fall.

Beleric (Terminalia Belerica): In Ayurveda the oil of it's seeds is used to increase hair growth and it's very effective in hair fall.

Indian Sandalwood (Santalum Album): Beneficial in treating dry, brittle, chemically damaged hair from relaxers and hair dye by restoring moisture and elasticity to the hair. 

Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula): Strong anti-bacterial properties. Revitalizes, tones, nourishes skin and hair. Natural astringent.

 Kapoor Kachari (Hedychium Spicatum): Promotes hair growth and thickens hair. Adds a wonderful natural fragrance to hair addition to having antiseptic properties which keep the scalp healthy.

Bhringraj (Eclipta Prostrata):  Beneficial for treating hair loss due to eczema and dermatitis on the scalp. Scientific studies showed 50% faster re-growth of hair then 2% Monoxidil solution, thus making it a great ayurvedic herb to treat male/female patterned baldness.

Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum):  Natural hair cleanser that softens and conditions hair making glow with a natural shine.  Fenugreek is very beneficial for scalp care and promotes healthy strong hair growth preventing dandruff and hair fall.

Sweet Orange/Neroli (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis):  Hair conditioning agent that treats lice, dandruff, and addresses hair loss due to poor blood circulation in the scalp.  

 Neem (Melia Azadirachta):  Fungicide and anti-bacterial for the human body. Remedy for hair loss, pre-mature graying and severe shedding.  Relieves symptoms of scalp psoriasis and gives hair a silky shiny and strong look and feel to the hair.

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis): Penetrates the hair and provides moisture within the hair shaft. Natural remedy for treating excessive hair fall.

Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis): Used to stimulate thicker hair growth, prevent hair loss and scalp disorders, prevents premature gray and restores natural color of the hair.  Natural emollient hair conditioner often used in shampoo and conditioning treatments.

Henna (Lawsonia Intermis):  You all know I love henna! Plenty of information all over this site on benefits of henna.  This is the last ingredient on the list so I am assuming the least included in the powder which explains why it only processes for one hour.  Those who use henna for conditioning only like me, stand to benefit greatly with this powder.  Less processing time and less mess!

The Application

 I mixed the powder with Aloe Vera juice instead of water and allowed it to sit for an hour before applying.

While the Heenara paste sat, I mixed my favorite Love Is In the Hair deep conditioning treatment to apply once the paste is thoroughly rinsed from my hair. To get the full Love is in the Hair recipe [click here]

 Starting at the back of my head I applied the paste on my scalp to the ends of my hair as shown below

 Once the paste was applied to my entire head of hair I covered it for one hour with a plastic cap, no heat.
 After an hour I rinsed the Heenara Herbal Hair Pack and was pleased at how easily it rinsed

 Then I followed up with my deep conditioning treatment and sat under the steamer for 20 mins

No product and my hair is SHINY and SOFT!! I love it!! As you can see my curls have so much definition even after it dried and shrunk up with no product at all!  I give it 2 BIG thumbs up and will definitely be adding this to my regimen of Ayruveda for hair treatments! 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

DIY~ Herbal Oil Infusions for Hair

There are several ways to infuse oils.  It is noted the best way to extract valuable components of herbs into oils is by using the process of cold infusion.  The process of cold infusing herbs into oils is by using dried herbs and placing them in a glass jar pouring a carrier oil over the dried herbs.  The glass jar must be air tight and completely dry, free of water prior to placing herbs and oils into the jar.

One of my favorite Ayurvedic powders is Amla.  I began using ayurveda for hair over 2 years ago to treat my falling hair issue of 3 years after giving birth to my last son.  Amla oil was noted for stopping hair fall and darkening hair.  I purchased a large bottle keeping hope alive my issue would finally be put to rest, and it was.  After just one use of the oil I noticed my hair fall was put in check immediately.  Problem was the oil was mineral oil based.  I switched to using Amla in powder form once I realized how much mineral oil was in the Amla oil I'd purchased.  Now that I know about the ease and benefit of infusing oils to suit my hair's needs I decided to make my own Amla oil.  Here's what I did:

AMLA/BRAHMI Herbal Infused Oil

32 oz Clean/Dry Mason Jar with lid
16 oz  First Cold Pressed Olive Oil
12 oz Grapeseed Oil
 2 oz  Neem Oil
2oz Whole Amla
1.5 oz Dried Brahmi 

 I started off using a 32oz clean, dry, mason jar with an air tight lid.  It is VERY important the jar be clean and dry.  Any small amount of water left in the jar can increase risk the oils turning rancid.  Exposing your oil infusions to too much air will cause oxidation and also increase risk in rancidity.  I'll touch more on different types of rancidity later.

 Organic Dried Amla
Organic Dried Brahmi

4 oz of Amla and Brahmi Herb Placed into jar 1st.
 Neem Oil was then added by pouring it over the dried Amla and Brahmi Herbs
 I pre-measured and mixed the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil then poured it over the dried herbs.
I used the ratio of 1oz herb per 8 oz oil

I used a wooded craft stick to thoroughly blend the herbs and oils
Then I labeled the mason jar with the ingredients and the date it was made. I stored each jar in my closet at the bottom in a dark cool place. My closet is a pretty good size and is the coolest place in my home, free of sunlight and heat.  After the first few days I opened the jar once each morning and smelled the oils to make sure the infusion hadn't gone bad.

What is Rancidity?
There are 3 different pathways to rancidification when infusing oils.  Microbial, Hydrolytic, and Oxidative.  Microbial rancidification occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria break down fat in the oils.  This is prevented simply by sterilizing utensils and the area in which the oils will be prepared prior to mixing oils.  I added Neem oil not only because it is an ayurvedic hair oil but it is also because it contains strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.  Oxidative rancidification is when the oils get exposed to too much air.  This can be prevented by storing oils in an air tight jar and/or by adding an antioxidant to the oil mixture such as Vitamin E or Vitamin C.  Oxidative rancidification usually occurs in unsaturated fatty oils.  Finally Hydrolytic rancidification occurs when oils are exposed to water, mediated by heat, acidity, and alkalinity which often causes a breeding ground for microorganisms to grow.  
Smell your oils daily for the first week to ensure your  oils are not going bad. Then once per week until your desired infusion time is complete. This process is recommended by Mountain Rose Herbs where I purchased the dried herbs from. 

 Oils are currently available for purchase and pre-ordered for shipping 7/15/2012 here:

Ingredients for River of Jordan's Beautiful Hair Herb Infused Hair Oil also available 7/15/2012.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Natural Hair Styling..."How long will this style last?"

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how long will the style last.  Either when I've completed a style on a client or before.  My reply is always the same, it depends.  Some of us sleep a lot wilder than others. You know who you are, durag or satin scarf starts out on your head and by morning your hair is all over the place and the scarf is no where to be found.  Others have mastered the art of sleeping pretty.  You know when you sleep with your hands together laying against your cheek as if they were a pillow.  Definitely wake up to the same style nice and intact that you fell asleep with.  I always encourage my clients to walk around the house wearing a scarf.  This will lessen frizz and prolong your natural hair style considerably.  Sleeping in a satin scarf every single night also increases a styles wear-ability.

My client and fellow Black Girl With Long Hair Style Icon Khyla who redefined the meaning of protective styling giving even more insight to the question of how long a hair style can actually last.  Her hair is absolutely beautiful and she's been natural for 5 years.  She recently blew my mind with how well she took care of a natural hair style I'd done May 9th this year. While I was styling her hair she told me she was going to wear it for awhile.  My first thought was 2 weeks for sure.  NOT, she just took the style down yesterday and was creative enough to make several different styles from the one I'd originally created.

Original Photo Day 1

Still holding on strong and looking fab! Khlya re-positioned the twisted in the middle of her fro-hawk giving it a completely different look.  

In this photo her twists her unraveled and the ends where re-positioned and tucked with pins.  really cute and creative!

Check out Khyla's style icon feature on BGLH [HERE]

So, for those of you who are quick to ask how long a style will last, again it depends on how well you take care of it and how creative you are able to be with your style.  With care, sleeping with a snug scarf or Durag each night and wearing your hair covered when at home will make most protective style I do last 10 to 14 days on average.