My Caffeinated Hair Rinse

Rice Water Mixture
Photo by: Most Likely Reese

Sometimes my curls aren’t defined or my hair sheds more than usual. After tons of research, I discovered that my hair lacked protein. Protein treatments such as a rinse or deep conditioning are mandatory for those with natural hair. It helps the hair to become strong, luscious and decrease shedding. A quick yet long term fix is my caffeinated hair rinse. This mixture consists of grounded coffee beans, rice water, and peppermint oil.

Benefits of each ingredient:

Coffee helps the hair to be strengthened from within. When applied to the hair it is absorbed through the follicles making it instantly soft and shiny. Additionally, it can help to exfoliate the scalp and stimulate hair growth.

Rice water has tons of benefits. Rice water is basically fermented rice that’s been sitting in water. It contains 16% of protein and is very effective in DIY protein treatments. Furthermore, it has vitamins B, C, E, and minerals. Rice water is used to strengthen the hair, smooth the cuticle, add sheen, increase hair elasticity which makes the hair strong and flexible.

Peppermint oil increases blood circulation that improves hair growth and prevents some hair loss. Not only does peppermint oil smells good but leaves the scalp refreshed and sensationally stimulated.

Ingredients

Rice (can use any type of rice, preferably organic)

Peppermint oil/ peppermint tea bags (I use “Artizen Peppermint Essential Oil” which is only $8.99 USD)

Grounded Coffee beans (For this treatment I use instant “Starbucks Medium Roast” coffee packets for $5.34 USD)

How to make this caffeinated protein rinse?

First, I use 1 half cup of organic rice and place it into a bowl. I add some water to the bowl to remove the debris from the rice. I then drain the rice and put it into a medium size jar. I squeeze 3-4 drops of peppermint oil and pour a cup of water into the jar. I add 1 coffee instant packet into the mixture and tightly seal the jar. The peppermint oil helps the fermented rice water to smell pleasant and also great in aiding damaged hair. The jar will sit in a lukewarm area for 2-3 days before use. After the process, I strain the rice then boil the mixture on low for 5-7 minutes to stop the fermentation. Once it’s cooled, I pour the caffeinated rice water into a spray bottle or an oil applicator and store in the fridge.

Caffeinated Rice Water
Photo by: Most Likely Reese

When to use this protein rinse?

After I use shampoo and conditioner I apply this mixture to my scalp and down my strands. I let my hair marinate with this mixture under a heated cap for a 1hr before rinsing out with warm water. My curls are not only defined but soft. Once my hair is dry, I continue with my natural hair routine such as adding moisturizers, creams, and oils to my hair. I do this treatment bi-weekly to avoid protein overload. If you stick to this routine, you’ll see positive results with your hair. There will be less shedding and more growth!

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20 Best Products and Tips for Hair-Growth

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Photo by: Devin Trent

There are many methods in stimulating or improving hair growth. Did you know that the average person loses about 50 to 100 hair stands per day? But don’t worry, this is normal! The hair goes through a cycle in which our hair follicles grow, rest and eventually falls out. Although losing strands of hair is normal, excessive hair shedding may be a problem.

Here are ways you can stimulate or improve your hair growth:

  1. Drink lots of water. Water not only hydrates the body but helps regulate the circulatory system. This process helps feed the hair follicles which stimulates hair growth but be mindful of the amount of water you’re consuming. 
  2. Biotin. Biotin not only helps with hair growth but it can encourage your nails to grow. It comes in a tablet ($8 – $18) or liquid ($10 – $25) form and can be mixed into smoothies.
  3. Brush your hair. It can stimulate the follicles and remove shed hair. Remember, too much of a good thing isn’t good. Try to refrain from too much brushing.
  4. Use castor oil. Castor oil is rich in Omega-9 fatty acids and vitamin E. It is very thick so use to your liking. You can leave it in your hair or rinse out after 30 to 45 minutes on the scalp. Jamaican Castor Oil ($5 – $10) or Home Health’s Castor Oil ($5 – $18) are great products!
  5. Eggs. Eggs are great to use in a hair mask. They’re a great source of protein!
  6. Essential oils. Essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood stimulate growth. You can add it to your hair mask, conditioner or even shampoo.
  7. Cayenne Pepper. Yes, this isn’t a typo. Cayenne pepper/oil not only brings a tingling sensation to scalp but it can help with hair loss.
  8. Rice Water. The amino acids in rice water help to regenerate the hair which results in faster hair growth. It contains vitamins B, C, and E. Must be rinsed out of hair after 20 minutes on the scalp. 
  9. Coconut Milk. Coconut milk contains nutrients for healthy hair and promotes hair growth.
  10. Apple Cider Vinegar. This product can aid hair loss and can be used as a substitute for shampoo. You can use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar ($4 – $7).
  11. Green Tea. Stimulates hair growth, decreases hair loss and shedding.
  12. Zhou Nutrition Hairfluence. This is a nutrition-packed pill supplement that contains biotin, bamboo extract, folate, vitamins C, B12, and A, keratin, and collagen. Zhou Nutrition Hairfluence ($19 – $ 24) is a must buy!
  13. OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner. These two products consist of B7 biotin, collagen, and hydrolyzed wheat proteins. OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo or Conditioner‘s price varies between ($6 – $12) depending if you want one of them or a pack.
  14.  Scissors. Yes, scissors are your friends. Trimming your split ends will help your hair to grow faster. 
  15.  Deep treatment. Deep treatments can bring moisture back to your hair and assist in hair loss, or other problem areas.
  16.  Say no to cotton pillowcases. Cotton is known to snag hairs. You can buy a silk or satin pillow ($8 – $25).
  17.  Wrap hair with satin or silk scarf.  Satin, silk or silk-like fabric is best for a headscarf and ($5 – $12) will maintain moisture in your hair.
  18.  Avoid heat styling tools. Always use a heat protectant when applying heat styling tools to your hair but be mindful, too much heat isn’t good for the hair.
  19.  Avoid chemicals. Chemicals such as sulfates, isopropyl alcohol, ethanol alcohol, polyethylene glycol will make your hair brittle and prone to breakage.
  20.  Healthy Diet. Most importantly, maintaining or having a healthy diet will show positive and drastic changes in your hair and energy.

 

 

In conclusion, these natural hair tips are beneficial to all hair types and lengths. Hair by nature takes a while to reach the length that we desire and properly maintaining your hair will heavily improve it. Just enjoy the journey!

Sealants vs Moisturizing Oils

essential oils!
Photo by : Jake Thompson

Have you ever wondered, why your hair is dry, frizzy or brittle? Or, why it is too oily? Many people apply oils to their hair without knowing the full potential use of each product. All oils are not the same and should be treated differently. First, you must observe the characteristics of your hair, research the product and method in which you apply it.

Here is why oils should be treated differently. When dealing with natural hair there are two categories, sealants, and moisturizing oils. Sealants are used to lock or seal moisture within the hair shaft and moisturizing oils job is to provide hydration for your hair. Furthermore, if your hair is too oily or dry, you’re applying the products wrong.

How and when do you apply these products?

Well, if your natural hair is dry or brittle you can either use the LOC (Liquid Oil Cream) or LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method.

You can use water or any liquid product first on your hair to saturate it. Apply moisturizing oil(s) then a sealant to keep your hair healthy and thirst-free.

If your hair is very oily you can refrain or use a small amount of oil/product and use other helpful hair-care methods.

Hair oils are very beneficial to ALL hair types (short natural hair to long natural hair).

Below is a list of top sealants and moisturizing oils.

In conclusion, there are many uses for oils on natural hair. Essential oils are also good for hair growth and maintenance. The oils vary from peppermint, cedarwood, and rosemary. Personally, the best carrier oil for natural hair is castor oil. Castor oil has been in my daily hair stable for than 5 years. Additionally, it has many benefits and is a GREAT sealant.