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I’m On Youtube!!! Ahhh!

Hello Curlies! ❤

untitledPlease excuse my lack of posting, life has happened as we’re all so familiar with! I hope you’ll forgive me. But, besides that…ya girl’s on the YT, also known as Youtube! CRAZY! Lol. I used to have videos in 2009-2010, but deleted them back then like a dummy. But, I’m so grateful for all the love and support I receive and the encouragement to do so, I finally made a video! I plan to make more and more as well as continuing to blog.

One thing I ask of you…

PLEASE watch, comment, LIKE and subscribe! I will super appreciate it!

Also…

Please let me know what you would like to see via youtube, it’s important to me to show what people want to see. I’m a wash n’ go gal, so it’ll be different venturing outside my comfort zone! Lol. I’d love any suggestions on what to do different in my next video, as this was my first time. 🙂

Without any further adieu!

My Wash n’ Go Routine!

 

Thank you beauties so much for watching!!

Do you have a Youtube? I’d love to subscribe and check you out!

Until next time! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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Product Reviews

Product Review: Crème Of Nature Twirling Custard!

Hey Curlies! ❤

Crème Of Nature Argan Oil Twirling Custard Curl Styling Gel!

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Soooo, I already know that custards and “styling gels” (besides Eco Styler) don’t work too well with and on my hair because it tends to leave my hair quite sticky and I don’t get the desired hold. But, I’ve been using Crème Of Nature’s line since a child it seems like and the new Argan Oil line hasn’t let me down, so I decided to give it a try!

The Description:

Rock your curls with confidence using Twirling Custard, a defining curl styling jelly that delivers long-lasting hold for crunch-less curls with Exotic Shine™. This frizz-defying formula will leave you with healthy, beautiful curls and waves.

  • Perfect for Twist Outs, Shingling, Coiling, Updos and Wash-and-Go’s
  • NO Sulfates*, NO Parabens*, NO Mineral Oil*, NO Petrolatum*
  • Made with Argan Oil & Argan Butter for Exotic Shine™
  • Available in 11.5 oz

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The Consistency:

If you’re familiar with jellies or custards, the consistency is that of a watery/creamy like gel. Lol. Kind of difficult to describe, really. BUT! If you’ve ever tried or currently use custards then you know exactly what I am referring too. Not as thick as a gel but not as thin as a leave in conditioner.

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How I Used It:

I applied the Crème Of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave in Conditioner first on wet hair after washing with Shea Moisture JBCO Shampoo and detangling with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner. I then sectioned my hair into 4 sections, and did subsections applying the product, liberally. I had to use a LOT of product just for one section to ensure that my hair would look the way I expected it too. I know my hair to a T, so I knew that with a custard I would need more product than using a heavier gel. That was a bummer because I paid $9 so if I were to use this product consistently I’d be out of it in 2 weeks. It’s already at the half way mark. No Bueno! I then air dried for 30 minutes and diffused my hair. To my surprise NO frizz. It promises no frizz and no shrinkage. And I did not experience ANY frizz and I am PRONE to frizz. As far as shrinkage, I noticed my hair was hanging differently DRY than using any other styling product.

WET hair about 30% dry, waiting on my wash n’ go to dry some more before I diffused…

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Now…

If you tried it for a twist out or braid out, the product should last longer than for a wash n’ go…in my opinion…


Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • No frizz
  • Moisturizing
  • Shrinkage is limited
  • Slight hold
  • Great definition
  • No harsh ingredients
  • A lot of body
Cons:
  • Only got BARELY 2 days out of my wash n’ go
  • Seems like you need a lot of product
  • A tad sticky
  • Disliked the smell
  • Every time I touched my hair, there was always a film left on my hands
  • Slightly weighed my hair down because of the promises of no shrinkage, lol (I still wanted volume, I don’t care about shrinkage!)

 Overall…

I thoroughly enjoy Crème of Nature’s products such as their Crème Of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave in Conditioner and their Argan Oil Perfect 7 Leave in Treatment Masque. However! I always do this to myself thinking that I can find a styler BETTER or EQUAL TO Eco Styler Gel, and I can’t. Jellie’s and custards just don’t work for my wash n go’s the way that I would want them too. I only got 2 days out of using this product 😦

If you want a light weight, crunch less, frizz free and defined wash and go, I’d definitely try it. If you’re a gel girl and not used to jelly stylers then you may want to stick to gel’s lol. BUT! If you want the look of gel but something “lighter”, this could be the product for you! EVERY ONE’S HAIR IS DIFFERENT! This may work well if you want to try it for a twist out and or braid out…because I do not wear those styles, I can only tell you my wash n’ go experience.

Would I Purchase Again?

More than likely, no. But I WILL purchase their other products. 🙂

Have you tried this product? If so, what are your thoughts? What other Crème Of Nature products would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below please!


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Side note: If you’re interested in this tee I’m sporting and other designs, you can now purchase my shirts at www.happycurlhappygirl.spreadshirt.com ! #happycurlhappygirl 🙂


Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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Why Is My Hair So Dry?! 10 Reasons Why Your Hair Might Be Dry & Solutions to Help Fix It!

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As we know, dry hair breaks and moisturized hair flourishes. When our hair is dry, there are always reasons as to WHY. Lol, I didn’t mean to rhyme. (I’m corny, I know) So let’s look deeper into the reasons you may be suffering from dry hair…


 Problem no 1.

– You’re not hydrated.

Simply you’re not drinking enough water! Yes, it’s crazy how that actually affects our hair! Drinking enough water also can aid in hair growth! Water hydrates the body which nourishes your hair follicles which in turn stimulates growth! Staying hydrated is key not just for our hair but for our overall health!

Solution: Drink more water! I try to drink a gallon a day. I definitely notice shinier hair and softer hair when I stick too my gallon of water!

Problem no. 2

– Using shampoo’s with sulfates.

Yes, we already know how terrible sulfates are for our hair and skin. They are EXTREMELY drying and when considering a shampoo, we should find a shampoo that says “Sulfate Free”. I truly believe in shampooing your hair AT least twice a month.

Solution: Find lines that offer “sulfate free” shampoo! Some lines include Shea Moisture, Carol’s Daughter and Crème Of Nature. Stick with shampoo’s that say moisturizing.

Problem no. 3

– Build up.

– Clarifying is like resetting your curls. BUT YOU MUST FOLLOW UP WITH A DEEP CONDITIONER! Build up on your hair doesn’t allow for moisture to penetrate your hair shaft, in turn making your hair dry. Think of a raincoat. A raincoat is protecting you from the rain, not allowing any moisture in so that you remain dry. Build up is the same way 🙂

Solution: Clarify once a month to ensure your hair is cleansed from product build up and dirt that co washing and sulfate free shampoo’s may or can leave behind. Reset your curls!

Problem no. 4

– Not using water based moisturizers.

– Water is our friend. It is THEE most moisturizing ingredient needed before any “moisturizing product”. Your moisturizing product MUST have water as thee first ingredient to combat dryness. Products with MINERAL OIL and PETROLEUM that state moisturizing usually are not. These ingredients coat the hair shaft making it “seem” like your hair is moisturized but these products do not penetrate your hair shaft.

Solution: Every moisturizing product should ALWAYS have WATER as the first ingredient! Don’t always trust what it says on the label, the ingredients will tell you the complete truth.

Problem no. 5

– Not sealing with an oil AFTER moisturizing.

– Moisturizing is GREAT and essential for healthy hair, however…water evaporates. So, moisturizing but not sealing in the moisture is what can be causing our hair to be dry.

Solution: Make sure to implement sealing every time you moisturize! Natural oils are excellent for sealing in moisture like Sweet Almond Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Coconut Oil. I use Sweet Almond Oil for sealing in moisture, it’s light weight but effective!

Problem no. 6

– Sleeping on a Cotton pillowcase.

– Cotton soaks up moisture. Pillowcases and scarves that are cotton are drying!

Solution:  It’s smart to protect your hair while you sleep as well ensuring that no moisture is being stripped from your hair. Satin and silk pillowcases and scarves are ideal!

Problem no. 7

– Not aware of your Porosity level. Check my previous post on Porosity here!

Solution: Take a porosity level test!

Knowing your porosity level can help in how you moisturize your hair PROPERLY. “There are a couple of simple tests that you can do to find out your porosity. These tests work best on clean hair, as the results will be more accurate: Take a strand or two of your shed hair and place them in a bowl of water. If the hair stays, your hair likely has low or normal porosity. These porosities are considered to be the porosities of healthy hair. If the hair sinks immediately, or gradually sinks within a minute, the hair likely has high porosity. Again, though fast absorption might seem ideal, the hair will lose that moisture just as quickly, resulting in dry, brittle, and breaking hair..” – Curly Nikki

High porosity – Hair may be damaged. Protein treatments may be needed to strengthen the hair. Making sure you implement proper moisturizing.

Normal – Usually healthy hair, keep doing what you’re doing!

Low porosity – Hair soaks up product and does well with heat for deep conditioning.

Problem no. 8

Using too much heat!

– If you don’t know by now, HEAT IS THE DEVIL, AND THE DEVIL IS A LIE! Lol. Forreal, heat is super damaging and drying to the hair.

Solution: Try to cut out heat and see how much your hair flourishes! I did a year of no heat and I was an AVID heat user, so you can do it!

Try cutting heat for 3 months…then 6 months…then 9 months…and before you know it, it’ll be a year!

There are ENDLESS heat free styles to try and fall in love with while you detox your hair from heat! 🙂

If you MUST straighten, check out the sss plates here. These plates help to straighten your hair with NO HEAT!!

Problem no. 9

– Harsh weather.

– Harsh winds, dry air and even some humidity can affect the hair causing it to be dry.

Solution: Incorporate deep conditioning treatments, properly moisturizing your hair as well as even some protective styling to help with keeping your hair moisturized!

Problem no. 10

– ONLY using butters and oils for moisturizing.

– Don’t get me wrong butters and oils are great! But used in the wrong way can make your hair dry! Butters and oils are excellent for sealing. If your hair is dry and you slap on some thick shea butter and oil you’re sealing in the dryness.

Solution:  Always use a WATER based product THEN an oil or butter for sealing that extra moisture!


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Thankfully there are things we can do to help with dry hair. It’s finding out WHY our hair is dry. Once we do, address the issue and work our way to healthy moisturized hair! 🙂

 

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

 

 

 

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To Diffuse or not to diffuse?

Hey Curlies! ❤

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I’m a wash n’ go kind of gal and I always diffuse my hair! Diffusing gives me volume, makes my curls tighter and sets my style so that it can last for days and days. If I air dry my hair it’s flat and it takes a FULL day for a complete air dry, and ‘ain’t nobody got time for that!’ lol. I discovered a diffuser years back watching Taren Guy on Youtube. Many of you naturals know exactly who I’m talking about. I ran out and purchased a diffuser attachment from my local beauty supply and never looked back since. HOWEVER! A universal diffuser attachment compared to an actual hair dryer that comes with their own attachment is ideal. I get better results with my diffuser and I lucked up and got mine from Big Lots for $20. I’ve dropped it SEVERAL times by accident and have used it for awhile and it’s done me well!

Now…

What is a diffuser?

– A diffuser is an attachment for your hairdryer uniquely designed to enhance curl definition and body by distributing heat evenly throughout your hair. Diffusers also help prevent heat damage. – CurlyNikki

How to diffuse?

– After wetting your hair and applying your favorite leave-in conditioner let your hair air-dry 50-60%. This will allow your natural curl pattern to form. If you normally have to scrunch and manipulate your curls to create a pattern begin using your diffuser earlier. The diffuser’s bowl-like shape and prongs aid in the formation of a spiral curl pattern creating tighter curls. The tightness of the curl depends on how close you hold the diffuser to your scalp.

Flip your head upside down. Begin diffusing at a medium-low heat, starting at the crown of your head to prevent that dreaded flat top from happening. Keep the diffuser there until your hair is dry. For even more body, massage your scalp and roots using the prongs of the diffuser. This will have a sort of teasing affect on the hair. Occasionally, check your curl pattern to ensure your curls are not too tight or too loose. Adjust the diffuser accordingly. Keep in mind, diffusing can take some practice. There are still days when I don’t do it right so be patient and give yourself a chance to really master the technique. – CurlyNikki

Tip: Before diffusing try to wait 30 minutes or so..this will help your hair to set and get a little bit of drying time taken off your diffusing time. I also like to get a 100% old cotton t shirt and wrap my hair up to soak up more water and excess product.

My wet curls…

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The diffusing process…

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Air dry hair is flat…

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My diffused curls… 🙂

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After diffusing…

Now, unfortunately I get crunchy curls. BUT! You can eliminate this…I make sure to use my COOL SHOT button which will close the hair shaft locking in moisture and eliminating frizz. I then detach my diffuser attachment and use my cool shot all over which give more fluff and allows me to also make sure my hair is completely dry!

I take Sweet Almond Oil and I apply it from root to tip scrunching the crunch out and fluffing for my volume. I then section my hair and taking my diffuser off, I begin to STRETCH my hair using the tension method. You can read about stretching natural hair for wash n’ go’s in previous post….here.


 AIR DRIED to DIFFUSED! ❤

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So the question is…to diffuse or not to diffuse?

– Obviously that’s up to you! I would definitely try it out a couple times before making your decision. When I first diffused I hated my results! It wasn’t until I kept using it and learning how to use it properly. It takes me about 20 minutes to fully dry my curls. Stretching adds another 3 minutes, fluff and go!

Remember! What works for one natural may not work for you! Natural hair is all about trial and error! ❤

Are you a diffusing type of gal or an air dry type of gal?? Any suggestions to getting good air drying results? Let me know!

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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Product Review: Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker!

 

Hey Curlies! ❤

Forgive my break, it’s been a busy couple of weeks…but I’m back and with a product review!

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker!

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Product Description via – CRN

GET DEFINED, SHINEY AND MANAGEABLE CURLS WITH POMEGRANATE SEED OIL, MARSHMALLOW AND AGAVE LEAF EXTRACTS . YOUR HAIR WILL HAVE AMAZING CURL DEFINITION, BOUNCE AND MOISTURE THAT EVERY CURL OR COIL WILL LOVE! PERFECT FOR WASH AND GO STYLING. ($22.00/ 12 OZ.)

 How To Apply: Apply an ample amount to clean, conditioned and detangled hair. Section soaking wet hair with fingers and distribute from root to the tips of your hair. Make sure hair is wet while using this jelly. Re-wet sections that are drying. Finger style your hair and let air dry. A micro fiber towel may be used for faster drying.

 Ingredients: Dionized water, pectin, coco nucifera(coconut )oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, panthenol, ricinus communis (caster) seed oil, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract, agava americana leaf extract, equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, corn starch, xanthan gum,  chondrus (seaweed) crispus, polysorbate 20, tocopheryl acetate (vitanin E), cyanocobalamin (vitamin b-12), phenoxyethanol (optiphen nd) caprylyl glycol, fragance (parfum) and LOVE!

Size: 12oz


Ok..so my review…

If you follow my Instagram then you might’ve seen my 12 sec video where I explained how much I was loving my hair because of Camille Rose Natural’s Curl Maker. You already know my favorite styler (Eco Styler Gel), so I never buy stylers because I simply have found thee one. But! I heard so many good things about this styler and decided to give it a try. Plus, I can always use it on my daughter’s 4a hair if it doesn’t work well on my 3a-3c hair. It was hard to find. It says select Target stores, and they really mean select Target stores LOL. In my area, these products were mainly in “urban” Targets if you know what I mean. I finally found mine after going to three different Target’s! When I looked online for the Target’s that carried it, it said it was there got there and it wasn’t. I found mine at the Compton Target.

Pros 🙂

  • I like the pump for jelly styler. A jelly is different from a gel because it has more a slip and the consistency isn’t as thick.
  • I like the natural ingredients it offers
  • I like the shine that it gives my hair
  • Great for moisture and refreshing my curls
  • If you want definition but no crunch, this product is for you

Cons 😦

  • It leaves my hair sticky
  • I only get one day out of my wash and go
  • The price ($19.99)! My friend found her Camille Rose for $11 at Target!
  • Only found in select Target locations

Would I purchase again?

Maybe…

I say maybe because…I’ve been in the natural hair gang (pats fro, lol) for some time now. Because of this I’m no longer a product junkie. I know what works for my hair and what will not just by reading the ingredients and looking at the product. I have found my styler and my hair loves it.

HOWEVER….

It’s great for refreshing my curls instead of using it for a wash and go. I spritz my curls (usually in the back) with Aloe Vera Juice and then I take a pump or two of Camille Rose Natural’s Curl Maker and apply it by smoothing it in and I’m good to go. To stretch that section I make sure that it’s mostly dry, then I will pineapple with a scarf while I get ready. I take off my scarf and I will have moisturized shiny and defined curls 🙂

I will definitely purchase more of their other products!

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Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker first day hair.

Have you tried Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker? Or any of their other products? Did you like them?

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

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Spotlight Fridays!

Spotlight Friday Feature: Nia!

Hey Curlies! ❤

It’s Friday and the spotlight is on the beautiful…(drum roll…)

Nia!

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1. Tell us your name, where you’re from, how long you’ve been natural and a little bit about yourself!

– My name is Nia, and I’m from Tampa, FL. I’ve been “natural” for four years now, from transitioning from a relaxer I did for a year. I’m 22, junior at USF. I love thrift shopping, going to new places to eat. And I’m trying to tap more into my spiritual side of being.

2. What is your go-to natural hair style?

– My go to natural hairstyle would have to be a twist out, with either one or two buns in the front.

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3. List 3 to 5 of your go-to or staple products for your natural hair?

– My staple products would be, coconut oil, kinky curly knot today conditioner, and eco styler gel, and of course water lol.

4. What do you like/love most about being natural?

– What I love most about being natural is the versatility, my curl pattern and the growing process. The compliments is what keeps me going.

5. How do you maintain your curls at night?

– Most likely I just twist or braid my hair back up and wrap it, or I just pineapple it. Sometimes I don’t even do anything lol.

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6. Have you ever big chopped or transitioned? If so, briefly tell us your experience! 

– I transitioned. For a year I had a relaxer, cut my hair so many times. Till I was like, this is enough. August 2011, I started cutting the relaxed ends out. Still learning about split ends, and minting length. Because I never even had those worries prior to relaxing my hair.

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7. Do your family/friends support your natural hair journey? How about where you work? 

– Of course my family supports my natural hair. They literally did not talk to me when I tried a relaxer. From the womb I’ve been natural. Graduated from high school in 10 and I wanted to try something different. It works for me in my work place.

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8. Do you know your hair type? If so what is it? 

– Ahhh, I believe my hair type is between three and four .. my curls are sometimes loose, the roots are thick.

9. The blog is entitled happycurlhappygirl, so what makes your curls happy? (Deep conditioning, protective styling, hot oil treatments etc.)

– What makes my curls happy would be my mayonnaise deep conditioning. It loves it. It used to be protective styling with weave, but lately weave has just been irritating my scalp, so I can’t keep it in for more than a week.

10. What is one thing you have learned since being natural? What advice would you give a new natural?

– The one thing I’ve earned about being natural is LOTS of patience. And that comparing your hair growth to others and its time spanned is not going to help you. For new naturals drinks lots of water, research everything, AND just embrace your natural crown of beauty.


Thanks Nia for sharing your story with us and showcasing your beautiful face and curls!! I wish you the best on your hair journey! ❤

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Follow Nia: @Queenzingha
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If you would like a feature showcasing your natural hair story, please email me happycurlhappygirl@yahoo.com. I would love to have your story and beautiful photos of you and your natural hair on Spotlight Fridays! XO! 🙂

Until next time Curlies! XO!
Love,
Rayna
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Calling All My Wash n’ Go Gals: Here’s My Favorite ‘All Natural’ Curl Refresher!

Hey Curlfriends! ❤

me4Clarification: I get many questions about my hair…my hair is naturally curly and I wear it in a wash n’ go #TeamWashNGo Lol! I do not twist or braid my hair because I hate waiting for them to dry LOL…I use my choice of a leave in (it varies), then Eco Styler gel on wet hair and I rake the gel through each section from root to ends. I then will follow up with a sealant (almond oil), diffuse on low heat high speed, fluff and go. I usually can get about 5 days depending if I work out or not. 🙂

In my Steve Harvey voice: Well! Now that we got that out the way..

Lol. Ok…

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If you’re anything like me, then you know how hard it is to find a good curl refresher! Now, let me explain. When you wear your hair in a wash n go, like I do…after the 3rd and 4th day my hair begins to get dry. I don’t have the time nor do I want to re do my wash n go again, so I choose to “refresh” or reactivate my curls. Some of you lucky naturals can use JUST water and be fine. NOT I!!!! Lol. Water makes my hair frizz. So, I’ve tried curl refreshers from natural hair lines and honestly, it just wasn’t worth the money because it didn’t do ANYTHING for my hair.

It wasn’t until I found out through research about Aloe Vera Juice and ALL its goodness and how great it is for a curl refresher. Went out and bought mine at Sprouts (I believe it was under $10) and tried this bad boy and I literally screamed with a “yaaaaaaaassss”, while admiring my curls in the mirror. It did the job so of course I had to share! Especially for any of my curlies out there who struggle with finding a refresher to not only moisturize but to keep that wash n go going as long as possible!

Here are some benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

  •  It’s conditioning: There are about 20 Amino Acids in the aloe vera that help to promote strength and luster for our hair. The structure is very similar to that of keratin! Aloe vera juice soothes the shaft as well.
  • It breaks down dandruff: “Because of the aforementioned enzymatic breakdown of dead skin cells from Aloe Vera, this awesome plant has also been used for the treatment of dandruff.” – OGC
  • It’s anti-inflammatory: Not only internally but externally too! Aloe Vera helps to calm irritation and sensitivity on the scalp. Itchy scalp? Try Aloe Vera Juice!
  • It promotes hair growth and reduces hair loss: Because Aloe vera helps to retain water and moisture, that allows for our hair to stay moisturized and not dry out. Dry hair breaks, moisturized hair flourishes. Aloe Vera helps to break down clogging agents in the scalp which help to increase hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles!

There are so many added benefits to our overall health, definitely try it if you haven’t!

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Tip: Mix your aloe vera juice with a little bit of water in your spray bottle. If you have some essential oil, feel free to add a couple drops and keep your mix in the fridge. Spritzing your wash and go with cold water helps to smooth and close the cuticle and locks in moisture while giving you a great shine! 🙂

 

What do you use to refresh your curls? Let me know!!

 

Until next time Curlies! XO!

Love,

Rayna

 

 

 

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