Workout Hairstyle – Old School Cornrows

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Yup, I’m 36 and wear school girl cornrows but in all fairness I was headed to the gym.  And the best part of this is the take down.

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A Natural Hair Blow Dry Regimen

This is my second week blow drying my natural hair and I must say that I am impressed! I watched JoStylin‘s You Tube video a couple months ago and was in awe of her beautiful “Nigerian Hair” as she referrers to her tresses on her channel.

I ran across her video while searching for ways to grow my hair longer. The only other YouTuber that I can recall, who had amazingly long natural hair, and incorporated blow drying into her regimen was the late Longhairdontcare2011 . The only difference between the two was JoStylin washes her hair weekly and Longhairdontcare2011 only washed monthly.

I had to adjust my products a bit to accommodate my hair type which is medium thickness with fine strands. I was able to get my hands on a fabulous deep conditioner which I will be blogging about very soon called Dominican Magic and I’m also trying out a few heat protectants too.

Having a blow dry regimen is really easy so far. I upgraded my hand held blow dryer at the beginning of the summer and I absolutely love it. It has ionic technology that makes drying my hair quick and hassle free!

Here are some con’s and pro’s to a blow dry regimen:

Con’s 

  • More time is needed then my previous wash and go regimen
  • More products are necessary to protect and prepare my hair
  • The long term effects are to be seen

Pro’s

  • You are able to enjoy your stretched hair
  • The shine and softness is lasting
  • Easier to style in buns and other protective styles
  • Allows for oils to be evenly distributed throughout each strand

Here’s a rough draft of my new natural hair blow dry regimen:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Condition
  3. Detangle with a wide tooth comb
  4. Rinse
  5. Deep Condition
  6. Rinse
  7. Place hair in 6 sections
  8. Apply Leave In Conditioner
  9. Apply Oil
  10. Apply Cream Moisturizer ( notice the L.O.C. method is applied in steps 8, 9, & 10)
  11. Apply a heat protectant
  12. Blow dry each section

As far as styling goes, I’ve mostly been sticking to buns and updo’s. However, I will be experimenting with different styles as the weeks go on.

What are your thoughts about blow drying natural hair or using heat in general? Leave a comment below.

Loreal Steampod | Straighten Natural Hair With Steam! *Video

L’Oreal & Rowenta Salon Professional Steam Pod Flat Iron

This amazing contraption promises to straighten natural hair without damaging it. Is it possible to use heat safely without compromising one’s natural curl pattern? The L’Oreal Steampod promises to do that and more!

After coming across this video review of the L’Oréal Steam Pod I knew I had to have one.  The girl in the video was able to straighten her natural hair with steam without the worry of heat damage.  She safely straightened her hair professionally without a trip to the salon!
I threw out my flat iron over a year ago. At the time, I was in a “no flat iron hair challenge” and didn’t want to be tempted. Since then my natural hair is a bit longer and in healthier shape (then before the challenge), so I figured this would be a good time to shop around for a new straightening iron.

I anxiously went through my phone to look for my Amazon app, to order the L’Oréal Steam Pod right away. I located the product through the search feature, then went straight to the review section. I read 5 star reviews claiming that this steam flat iron was the best of it’s kind. No one really had anything bad to say about it.
Wow, could this be the hair straightening genie that I’ve been dreaming of? How could steam water actually straighten hair, especially natural hair.

L’Oreal’s Steampod Results

  • gentle on the hair
  • locks in moisture
  • leaves a glossy finish
  • gives lasting results
  • reduces damage because of steam technology
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L’Oreal & Rowenta Salon Professional Steam Pod Flat Iron
After getting all excited about the the L’Oreal Steampod, I clicked the “Add To Cart” button and proceeded to check out…… that’s when I got the kick in the stomach over the price! Wow, I never saw a flat iron cost so much!
I didn’t even check the price before adding it to my cart because I was sure that what ever the price was I would be able to afford it and it would be worth it but, this flat iron is more then my monthly care note!
I’m so conflicted about this purchase. I thought it was a big deal when I bought my Pebco Protools 2500 but the L’Oreal Steampod cost way more!
I may revisit purchasing this flat iron in the future. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do my own personal review on this product one day but, until then I’ll just either save up my money, or hint to my family that this is the only thing that I want for Christmas this year.
What are your thoughts on the price? Do you think it’s worth it? Would you buy it? And if you’ve tried this steam flat iron please tell us here on Healthy Hair Zone what your experience was.

Natural Hair Oils For Hair Growth And Hair Loss

 

Know the Benefits of Oils for Oiling Scalp for Hair Growth

Hair loss is a huge concern of many people across the world. There are many reasons behind why hair loss occurs, such as poor diet, medications, chemical services, and stress. In some cases, genes play a role too. Fortunately, many of these hair thinning factors can be controlled by using natural hair oils.

 

Beneficial Oils for Hair Growth

Here are six types of hair oils that are commonly used for hair growth- olive oil, lavender oil, coconut oil, argan oil, castor oil, and oil from tea trees.

Olive Oil

Hair loss can not only be prevented with olive oil, but also, it can reverse hair loss. This is because olive oil prevents the production of DTH or dihydro testosterone, which is a hormone responsible for hair loss. This hormone causes shrinking of the hair follicle’s shaft. Moreover, it is good for the scalp, which in turn promotes healthy hair.

Lavender Oil

It prevents a particular type of disease on scalp leading to hair loss. Also, calmness increases in the person because of this oil, so if a person is pulling at or toying with their hair due to nervousness; it should stop. Lavender Oil can restart hair sprouting in many cases because of it’s essential components.

Coconut Oil

Oiling scalp for hair growth with coconut oil has many benefits. It reaches deep inside the hair’s follicles and creates smoothness apart from facilitating growth and slowing down shedding. It prevents dandruff, which is one of the leading causes for scalp itching and consequent hair loss. It prevents splitting and hair breakage, by making the hair smooth and strong. It adds softness and shine and delays the onset of graying. It’s also known for it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties. Such properties also make it ideal for other microbial infections.

Argan Oil

Argan oil is effective in stopping loss of hair and can be used just thrice in a week for best results. It can be used by men as well as women for reducing hair loss.

Oil from Tea Trees

It helps in unclogging of hair follicles by removal of dandruff and dead cells, which, usually, clog the follicles leading to hair’s demise. It prevents fungal, bacterial, or other infections that can prevent the growth of hair.

Castor Oil

Faster results in hair growth and thickness can be seen with castor oil. It takes merely a few weeks to show the results. This is because it promotes circulation at the scalp and consequently towards the hair follicles. It has essential omega-6 fatty acids which are good for growth of hair.

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Alternative To Biotin For Hair Growth | Silica

When I first went natural, I picked up a bottle of Biotin from the Vitamin Store to assist with my hair growth. Unfortunately, my skin broke out terribly, and to already have “problem skin” I decided it wasn’t worth it and I threw it out.

Ever since then I’ve stayed away from any hair growth supplements until recently while doing some research I came upon something called Silica. After reading some of the testimonies I decided to order it online. This alternative seems promising and over the next 60 days I plan to put Silica to the test.

What Is Silica?

As mentioned in the video, this type of Silica is not the little packets that you find in shoe boxes. That form of silica is hazardous to humans and pets. Please throw it out!

Benefits Of Using Silica For Hair Growth

  • Stimulates Hair Growth
  • Reduces Shedding
  • Thickens New Growth
  • Improves Skins Appearance
  • Strengthens Nails

October 1st – Day One Of Taking Silica

Today I received my bottle of Silica in the mail. The directions say to take 2 pills daily with meals. I took one in the morning with my B12 and Magnesium supplements and then another at dinner with my multivitamin and vitamin C supplements.
I will update my experience with Silica over the next 60 days or so. Be sure to bookmark this page or follow me on all social networks @healthyhairzone for updates!

On Being Vegan And My Natural Hair

Can Being Vegan Damage Your Hair?

This week I will officially be one year vegan! My natural hair has changed a bit over this time and I think for the better. If anyone complains that being vegan damaged their hair it’s because they simply were not taking in enough calories, nutrients, and proteins.

In the beginning phase of my vegan diet, I was so confused about what to eat. Some days I would eat very little because I was so frustrated. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to get a good balance of food in my diet including the protein that most people think does not exist in a vegan diet.
To make a long story short I didn’t experience any hair damage while being vegan. I eat a well balanced diet and also take a multivitamin and B-12 supplement (the only thing that lacks in a vegan diet)
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Before we go any further, let’s get to the question I get most. “How do you get your protein?” All of my proteins are plant based and yes plants have protein and in some cases more protein then some meats!

Vegan Protein For Hair Growth

  • Avocados (2.9 grams)
  • Beans (one serving of black beans and rice is 21 grams of protein)
  • Quinoa (one cup uncooked in 24 grams)
  • Nuts ( one cup of sliced almonds have 20 grams of protein)
  • Vegan Protein Shakes (15 grams)
  • Dark Leafy Greens (one cup of cooked spinach has 7 grams of protein)
  • Almond Milk (5 grams)
So, for a women my weight I need around 50 grams of protein a day. I get that, and some (I’m obsessed with beans and rice). So my hair and body has more then enough protein to sustain itself on this vegan diet.

Vegan Diet And Hair Growth

My personal experience with hair growth while on the vegan diet is about the same. I did not experience an increase of hair growth but I did grow my hair about 5-6 inches during this year. That’s a normal rate of hair growth for me.

Vegan Diet and Natural Hair Texture

I’m very conflicted when I think about how the vegan diet has changed my hair. My texture is much softer and moisturized then my pre-vegan hair. There’s a theory that hair changes every 7 years and since I’m 36 now, that change happened about a year ago so I’m not sure whether it’s just my hair cycle or it’s actually the vegan diet.
I was really hoping for more thickness but my hair appears to be the same. I guess diet can not fully alter genetics. I’m still working on my hair and hopefully over time my strands will thicken up a bit with the products that I’m currently using.
So, there you have it, my hair is about the same as it was when I was vegetarian. I may return back to being a vegetarian in the future but for right now I’m really digging the vegan lifestyle.
If you have more questions about this topic, please leave it in a comment below!

DuDu-Osun Tropical Naturals 100% Black Soap Review

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This is my 2 month review of Dudu Osun Tropical Naturals Soap. I’ve used black soaps in the past but this brand trumps them all. The smell is heavenly. Before you open the box the smell hits you like a delicious tropical pastry (does that exist?). It just smells divine!
The look is a tiny bit gross, especially since it’s called Dudu lol…. It’s brown not black, and the bar itself is 150g making it a little heftier then normal soaps. Each box is stamped with an expiration date to assure it’s freshness. 
After using Dudu Osun Black Soap for 8 weeks now I can write this review with confidence that this may help someone with problem skin. It promises to cleanse, nourish, protect, and refresh. I can testify to those statements and more. Even though this is not marketed as a Acne cure it’s pretty darn close. My acne prone skin has never looked better. My overall appearance is smoother, and more even toned. My skin has never been this soft or moisturized.

Dudu Osun Soap Ingredients:

  • Pure Honey
  • Shea Butter
  • Osun (camwood)
  • Palm Kernel Oil
  • Cocoa Pod Ash
  • Palm Bunch Ash
  • Aloe Vera
  • Lime Juice
  • Water & Fragrance

How I Use Dudu Osun Soap

I wash my face with Dudu Osun Black Soap every night before bed. I use warm water, lather, then rinse. I don’t towel dry, I drip dry. I think it helps with the moisture content of my skin.  

Storing Black Soap

I learned the hard way when I made my first black soap purchase. You MUST store this soap in a travel soap container. Why? It’s black and it get’s everywhere! When I use it, I have to clean up my mess every time. It’s not very hard to do because it’s soap after all. A quick rinse of the bar and the container before storing will help it not to get to gross, and as far as the sink and tub, a quick wipe or rinse will do the trick.

Where To Buy Dudu Osun Black Soap

I haven’t been able to find this soap locally. The only other black soaps that I was able to find did not contain all natural ingredients. I’m sure that some natural food or vitamin stores may carry something similar but I haven’t had the chance to visit each one to let you know otherwise. 
I always purchase Dudu Osun Black Soap online via Amazon. It ships in two days and I’ve never had a problem getting it this way. It also comes in a variety of 3, 6, 8 & 12 packs. I usually get the three pack but in the future I plan to stock up by purchasing a larger lot.

dudu-osun-black-soap-acne-review Dudu Black Soap Benefits

  • Reduces Eczema
  • Clears Acne
  • Helps Dermatitis
  • Smooths Skin
  • Lightens Scars
  • Evens Skin Tone

Did Dudu Osun Cure My Acne?

I will not say that this cured my acne because I still get a few bumps here and there but I can say that it made a huge difference. I actually feel as though I can finally get rid of the word Acne out of my vocabulary and just say ” OMG, I have a pimple”

I struggled with acne for some time now and I can safely say that Dudu Osun has been a skin savior. My acne is extremely reduced to a pimple or two a month. That’s major, especially since I’m use to clusters of red and white bumps (super gross) invading my skin.
Acne was really disrespecting my look but Dudu Osun Black Soap handled that. Overall I’m extremely happy with this soap and I plan to use it for a long time.

Prevent Hair Breakage & Damage With Moisture

Prevent And Repair Hair Breakage & Damage 


The best way to prevent hair breakage and damage is by keeping your hair moist. Dry hair is more susceptible to breakage and damage. I struggle with this when I get lazy with my hair but when I incorporate moisture into my regimen my hair thrives! Here are some ways that you can add moisture to your hair.

  • Moisturizers that have natural ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil or any other natural plant based ingredient deeply penetrates the hair shaft giving your strands lasting softness and manageability.
  • Washing your hair on a regular basis not only keeps your scalp and hair clean but, it also hydrates it. Use a sulfate free shampoo or cowash to prevent drying your hair out. Washing your hair at least once a week is recommended.
  • Deep Conditioning is helpful when it comes to locking moisture in. This is another thing that I have struggled with in the past but since I’m on a hair growth journey I find it necessary to grow my hair to new lengths. A natural deep conditioner rich in plant based ingredients is much better then the ones on the drug store shelf so make sure you buy quality. Not all deep conditioner perform equally and that’s why it’s important to pay close attention to the ingredients.
  • Sealing in the moisture is the icing on the cake. It essentially locks in all the nourishing moisture that you applied to your hair. Once again, use a natural oil like olive oil or almond oil to seal and protect your hair.
  • Leave In Conditioners are applied right after rinsing the conditioner from you hair. I got on the leave in conditioner bandwagon late, and I’m so glad I started incorporating leave-in’s into my hair care regimen. It really is the most underrated part of keeping your hair nourished and moisturized.
  • Protective Styling keeps your hair from drying out. After you spent all that time and patience building up the moisture in your hair don’t let it evaporate to quickly by leaving your hair loose. I’ve currently been wearing buns and updo’s to protect my hair but there are several other hairstyles like braids, twists, wigs, and weaves that work just as good
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I hope you enjoyed this post about preventing hair breakage and damage with moisture. If you did, be sure to share and bookmark it for later use. Did I leave anything out? Let me know by in a comment below!

Wash And Go’s Cause Breakage?

After inspecting my hair last night I discovered some hair breakage. I’m no stranger to breakage around the front of my hair line but I never saw it so apparent before. Now I’m wondering if my wash and go journey could have caused my hair to break.

I haven’t straightened my hair in over a year and I used indirect heat (blow dryer and hooded dryer) maybe 4-5 times (each time using a heat protectant) this year. I haven’t changed much in my overall hair care regimen except doing wash and go’s more often.
I detangle my hair once a week in the shower and I also try my best to be gentle. Here’s a few reasons why I suspect wash and go’s may be the cause of my hair breakage.
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1. My hair was in a curly state almost all of the time and with very curly hair, comes knots and tangles which can lead to breakage when detangling.
3. The hair gel that I use to do my wash and go has protein and I believe that I am protein sensitive. Protein sensitive hair breaks easily.
4. I try to be gentle when smoothing my hair strands when it comes to defining my wash and go curls but I wonder if I may have cause some breakage during this process.
5. Not refreshing my wash and go hair daily. I would literally go 5-7 days before resetting my wash and go style, so it’s possible that my hair was just dry and that’s what caused the breakage.
I think that I need to reevaluate my wash and go regimen and incorporate more moisture and possibly try to go without hair gels all together (I cringe at the thought because my shrinkage is crazy!) Over all my hair did grow a lot and for that I’m thankful!
Speaking of hair growth, I believe that wash and go’s can help with hair growth but, if you’re not careful you may get hair breakage around the weaker areas of your hair.
The bottom line is that I must have dropped the ball when it came to keeping my hair moisturized. Or maybe it’s the hair gel…. or a little of both?  Either way, I still love wash and go’s and will continue to do them but maybe not as much. I’m actually on a wash and go hiatus while I build a hair growth regimen. I’ll get into more detail about that in a future post.
Have you experience hair breakage from doing wash and go’s? Leave a comment below!

Hair Growth Spells, Prayers, Rituals & Mantras!

YouTube gives a huge amount of information about various topics, so when hair growth prayers, rituals, spells and mantras began to populate in the related searches, I just had to watch!

I found so much interesting information. Some entertaining, some odd, and some that I may actually try! Below I will briefly describe these mystical hair growth tricks, tips, and secrets!

*Disclaimer- this information was found on the internet and like with anything that you find on the internet you must use caution when attempting any of these methods. Simply put, use at your own risk. I do not promote any of these methods nor do I have personal experience using them. I just wanted to share this information for entertainment purposes.

I do however consider regimens and rituals one in the same, so you may find that I use the word ritual throughout this site.

Hair Growth Spells

You don’t have to be a Witch or practice Wicca to do a spell but, I would caution you to use at your own risk as I mentioned above. Below you’ll find a video that talks about hair growth spells that allegedly help with growing your hair to magical lengths


Hair Growth Prayers

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the expression “prayer works” but does it work when it comes to something as vain as wanting longer hair. The video below is interesting to say the least.


Hair Growth Mantras

I’ve heard of using mantras for obtaining good health and wealth but never for hair growth. This video gives you a mantra chant that can be used in conjunction with a few steps to increase hair growth!

Hair Growth Rituals

Hair growth rituals are the same as regimens in my view. I actual use the word ritual quite a bit in this blog. I’m actually building my own hair growth ritual and it will be posted very soon!


There’s another mystical way that people have claimed to grow longer hair with and I actually tried it this weekend. It’s too soon to see the results just yet but I’ll keep you posted!