Friday, November 30, 2012

Deep Conditioning with Hemp Seed Oil

After reading about the benefits of hemp seed oil for hair I had to purchase a bottle.  This is my second experience using this wonderful oil on my hair and along with argan oil, it's one of the best in my opinion.  It's benefits on the body in general are astounding. 

The first time I used Hem pseed oil I used it as a hot oil treatment.  After rinsing my hair in the shower to remove any product build up I used it as a pre-poo step by putting the warm oil on my hair while wet and wearing a baggie for a couple of hours. I rinsed and then followed with shampooing and deep conditioning.  I loved the way my hair felt and how defined my curls were.  I decided to try it again this time warming it a bit then mixing it in with conditioner to use as a deep conditioning treatment. 

This bottle was purchased from an EBay store...I paid 16.00 for it with free shipping. I don't have the information on the store but there are several of them that carry this brand of oil at comparable prices.

Benefits of Hemp seed Oil for Hair*

Many women who are concerned about the health of their hair use shampoos and conditioners made with hemp seed oil.

Hemp seed oil is not the typical product that is put on your hair. Hemp, in its industrial-grade state, is drug-free and non-hallucinogenic, lest you worry that it's harmful, since it comes from the Cannabis plant. Hemp seed oil has been subjected to heat which sterilizes it and prevents germination.

Although hemp seed oil was used in hair care and treatment for a time before it was used in commercial shampoos, companies did eventually realize the many benefits of hemp seed oil for hair care
. The commercial-grade hemp seed oil used for hair care is an excellent source of amino acids and has been proven to have many benefits for your hair.

Hemp seed oil, like Argan oil for hair
, is a good source of many nutrients than can benefit the health of your hair. It is proven to be helpful for developing keratin formation. Hemp seed oil for hair helps develop stronger and healthier hair.

As you age, your hair develops deficiencies in Omega-3 fatty acids. When you use hair care products infused with hemp seed oil, which has a high content of fatty acids, you can help to stave off the aging process. The 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids is exactly what your hair and your scalp need. This ratio is also the easiest absorbed by the body.

When you use products with hemp seed oil
on a regular basis, you should experience a dramatic difference in the feel and look of your hair, regardless of whether it is usually oily, dry or normal. Since the human body does not produce essential fatty acids on its own, they are still needed for optimum health.

Researchers believe that we should give our body and hair essential fatty acids (EFAs). Ninety percent of Americans don't take in enough EFAs. EFAs help to build other chain fats which your body uses to maintain maximum health, in your body and in your hair. These fats help to keep the positive substances in your cells while keeping out the bad substances

One of the things I get asked about most is hair growth.  I cannot stress enough that healthy hair does not come from a styling product.  The key factors to growing long healthy hair is a diet high in protein, low in saturated fat, and a body that is well hydrated daily.  Deep conditioning treatments are the next most important part of a hair care regimen so if healthy hair and longer hair is the goal one must make time for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly hair care regimens that include deep conditioning treatments.  Treatments like the one below can be done with or without heat. Without heat use plastic conditioning processing cap as shown in photo below I'm wearing for 1-4 hours. With steam process without a plastic cap for 20-30 minutes.  Using a hooded/bonnet dryer cover hair with plastic cap and process treatment for 45 minutes on medium high setting.
Deep conditioning recipe: Amazing Botanicals Honey Condish (enough to cover hair thoroughly) 1-2 tbsp of warm hemp seed oil, let it marinate about an hour w/ a Baggie covering hair and no heat or steam for 30 mins no baggie, or sit under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes w/ Baggie and allow the hair to cool 10-15 mins after coming from the dryer. Rinse in cool water.

One of the most common statements I hear is...I don't have time for deep conditioning. Well, here is one  way you can MAKE time.  As you can see in the photos below I'm wearing a slouch beanie. Underneath the beanie is my plastic cap covering my hair with conditioner in it.

 You can see some of the plastic cap though the knit in my's all good.

No one has to know I can go out in public and still deep treat my hair without worrying about time restraints. This day I went to the grocery store and to the bank.  No one knew I had conditoner on my hair.

 My hair was so soft and defined after I rinsed the conditioner and oil blend from my hair. This was exactly the treatment I needed for my hair.  I was prepping my hair for my next protective braids aka individuals.  My next post will show how I installed my braids to optimize growth with zero damage to the hair, hairline, and scalp.


*This post is for information purposes only.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Protective Styling~Banana Clip Updo #2

I came up with this easy style a week ago this past Sunday after accepting an invite to Church.  I didn't know what to do and knew a bun wasn't going to cut it and I had very little time to do whatever I was going to do. Quick thinking I grabbed my faithful banana clip and styled it the exact same way I did in my previous styling tutorial style here: [Summer Protective: Banana Clip Updo]  I tweaked it simply by placing the clip at the top of my head instead of the back. 


What you'll need:
Styling Product of choice to slick hair down around the sides. I find gels work best to slick mine down so I used Kinky Curly Curling Custard.

Open ended bobby pins.

Banana clip

Large toothed comb

Soft boar bristle brush

I started with clean, conditioned, detangled hair...This style may be done on dry hair that has been stretched from wearing twists or braids as well by misting lightly with water or your moisturizer of choice to make the hair easier to detangle and comb through.

 I use my large toothed comb to gather my hair and place it towards the front top part of my head.

This banana clip works best on full hair. The long slim clips are for straighter hair textures and tend to be much too tight once the clasp is closed.

 Once the clip is on, I then add the Kinky Curly Curling Custard (down to my last ;) to slick and shine the sides and back of my hair brushing it once to add a clean smooth finish.
The hair left out is then twisted in several chunky twists.

 This is were the creativity come into play.  I pinned the back twists down using a pin curl pattern with open ended bobby pins to secure them into place.



 The second set of photos shows my hair pinned slightly different from the photos at the beginning of the post. Once the hair coming out of the clip is twisted just get creative and style the twists however you like that goes with your face.  The more you style it the better you'll become at choosing looks that suit your own face shape.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Castor Oil Healthy Hair Challenge

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is known as the powerful traditional healing oil from Jamaica. It's commonly used for hair growth issues, skin conditions, aches and pain, breast massage, fibrosis, first aid for cuts, wounds, burns and much more. Tropic Isle's Jamaican Black Castor oil is organic and Hand-Processed. Luv My Kynxx will be starting a Castor Oil healthy hair challenge. 
Challenge will begin 12/1/12 and end 2/1/13. 
Sign up deadline 11/29/12
1. Sign up by leaving your first name and e-mail address in comments below this post.  If you agree to allow me to post photos on LMK Blog you will need to send and email giving me permission to post them for this challenge. Anyone who agrees will have their progress tracked which is intended to serve as a motivation for the participant and readers. You will also be required to include your regimen when you submit photos if you want  your photos posted as well. 
2.  Submit one photo (cropped and edited) on the first day of the challenge and one side by side of the previous vs. current week.
Dates to submit photos will be:
Only photos submitted on time will be tracked.
3. Hair styles will be protective only for the entire duration of the challenge. Buns, cornrows, braids, twists, bantu knots, protective updos and are recommended during the challenge.  If you are wearing a sew-in weave and do not intend on taking it down or braids with extensions and do not have access to shampooing without it affecting the hair style you choose then at least bi-weekly you'll need to clean scalp by using an antiseptic like Sea Breeze or apple cider vinegar to alleviate dry itchy scalp.  Daily moisturizing with water and or aloe vera juice are recommended especially on days you choose to apply the JBCO.
4. Participants are responsible for following a no less then bi-weekly hair care regimen. If you choose a long term protective like box braids or mini twists, kinky twists, or wearing a sew in I recommend scalp cleansing with either Sea Breeze or some type of antiseptic or apple cider vinegar and water (ration 1:3). This will help soothe dry itching scalp issues some may incur. Heat may be use for participants who prefer to wear their hair blown out.  If  you do not know what a regimen is and would like to read an example of one click here [Kynxx Hair Care Regimen] 
Please wash and deep condition your hair with whatever you feel is best for it. I am not able to recommend products for those I am not able to see in person.
5. The only styler to be used is JBCO for the entire duration of the challenge.  Aloe vera juice and water are both fine to use for moisture.  No gels, puddings, creams or butters may be used.  If you must use a styling product please include which ones you used when you submit your photos. You may use another carrier oil(extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, coconut, almond, grapeseed, avocado, hempseed, argan) to thin the JBCO for those who do not want to apply the thick oil on their hair.  Use as much as you feel you need to make it the consistency you are comfortable with. Again please include any deviations from using nothing but JBCO when you submit your photos. 
Transitioners are encouraged to participate!

All photos submitted will be posted as is so please crop and edit before sending attachments to 
To purchase Jamaican Black castor oil visit 
LMK Castor Oil Healthy Hair Challenge participants receive a 10% discount when purchased from the Oils of Jamaica website.  Discount code  will be e-mailed to you upon challenge sign-up. 
Special Thanks to Daphne co-owner of Oils by Jamaica.
How to apply JBCO
  • Do scalp massages with it two to three times per week. It will help your hair become healthier as it grows.
    Add to conditioner

  • Use it for your braid outs/twist outs
Find Oils by Jamaica on [FACEBOOK]

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nappiology Nappy Hour 2012


Seem's like yesterday when I attended the first annual Nappy Hour Nappiology Expo pre-party.  Like all Nappiology events I've been to, they just get better each year.  This year, food was served, poets peformed spoken word and as always beautiful men and women graced the venue with positive spirits ready to par-tay!! I was fortunate to have been one of them! Here are some highlights of my night....

 The Bar...

 This young lady is a natural hair stylist from Memphis,TN and Ian Anthony Brown,
Founder and Artistic Director at Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance company a long time Facebook Friend. For more info on his African Dance classes visit
 Me with one of my very first clients, beautiful Georgette. I started out styling hair mobile..such a treat each time I see her...her hair is beautiful!

O-M-G can you say Kool-Aid!! Had to take a snap with the woman who made it all possible De Phillips sweet she is!

 Gift bags for all who attended...goodies from Miss Jessies!!

Food on Deck!!

 Spoken word Artists were on point...such good vibes.
 Wobble, wobble :)
Down, down, do ya thang!!! Cupid Shuffle time!

A party ain't a party without a Soul Train line!!

I had a great time...relaxed and enjoyed socializing with good folks! Looking forward to next year!