Many times you’ve heard me rave about my staple standby products Natty Moist and Natty Butter; I do so because of the Sistah who makes the product, her name is Dominique Goosby-Harris. She is a wonderful lady who has shared & taught me a lot about taking care of my natural hair by using natural products. If you have never checked out her blog, please do so @ http://allthingsonatural.blogspot.com
You can find her wonderful products there as well. Natty Moist; a water based conditioner and a multi-purpose product; you can use it to deep condition, as well as using it in your daily styling and moisturizing regime. You can also use it on your skin for added moisture. It contains Auyervedic blends which promotes growth, maintain healthy hair, as well as beautiful glowing skin. Might I add that it smells sooo good, like a Christmas Cookie!!
Natty Butter a light butter works well on my two-strand twist. It contains shea butter and essential oils and comes in your choice of fragrances.
Re-posted from All Things O’Natural
Well, here’s the skinny on hair and dryness. Curly, Kinky or Coily hair texture tends to be dryer although all scalps produce the same amount of oil. The reason straight hair and wavy hair looks shinier is that due to the straighter texture, it is easier for the oils to spiral down the hair strand, whereas with curlier hair, the oils do not make it down the strand of the hair. Whew..so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way. There are ways to keep curlier hair moisturized: deep conditioners, using sulfate free shampoos, cool water and apple cider vinegar rinses, etc. Ok, yea, that’s all fine, but how do I get my hair to not only feel moisturized, but ‘look’ shiny as well? Hmmm…very good question, so let’s delve into how to get the hair to not only feel but look shiny too!!!
EMOLLIENTS…WHAT ARE THEY?
- Emollients are commonly referred to as moisturizers that soften or treat dry skin. They are usually forms of oil or grease. And they work by increasing the skin and hair’s ability to hold water. Water is actually the best emollient, but because it evaporates quickly, it can be ineffective. This is where other emollients come in to play. Water, because it evaporates quickly, needs to be held on the skin or hair by emollient oils in what is called emulsion.
Synthetic emollients are occlusive i.e. they coat the skin and do not allow it to respire (much like plastic wrap), which can cause skin irritation. So, basically they coat the hair, but do not allow moisture to penetrate which in turn causes dryness and many times frizziness, once the emollient is removed. Some synthetic emollients can accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. They are also non-biodegradable, causing a negative environmental impact.
Types of Synthetic Emollients
- PEG compounds (eg PEG- 45 Almond Glyceride) may contain the toxic by-product dioxane
- Synthetic alcohols (anything that contains the phrase benzyl –, butyl-, cetearyl-, cetyl -, glyceryl-, isopropyl-, myristyl propyl-, propylene-, or stearyl-) eg Isopropyl Palmitate, Diglyceryl Caprylate) have been shown to cause allergies and dermatitis.
- Hydrocarbons (eg mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin) contain carcinogenic and mutagenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and can cause chemically induced acne.
- Silicone Oils (eg dimethicone, cyclomethicone, copolyol) can clog the skin like plastic wrap and cause tumours when painted on lab animals (according to the Material Safety Data Sheet supplied by the manufacturer).
Natural emollients actually nourish the skin and care for it. They are metabolised by the skin’s own enzymes and absorbed into it. They are readily biodegradable and are of edible quality.
Types of Natural Emollients
- Jojoba Butters
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Argan Oil
- Avacado Oil
- Borage Seed Oil
- Castor Oil
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Hazel Nut Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Mango Butter
- Pumpkin Seed Oil
- Rose Hip Oil
- Sunflower Seed Oil
- Walnut Oil