NOURISHING HAIR MASK WITH HIBISCUS

We usually share our natural hair care recipe on our Facebook Page every Friday.  But, to accommodate a broader audience, we are sharing the recipe of the week on the blog both in Haitian Creole & English.

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Ingredients you will need:
2 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of coconut milk
3 tablespoons of hibiscus powder

Preparation
Mix the hibiscus powder with the honey in a bowl. Then, add the coconut milk to the mixture. Stir well.

Application
Cleanse your hair with your sulfate free, paraben free and silicone free shampoo or cleanser. Apply the mixture all over your hair and massage it to the roots. Leave it for one hour than rinse your hair.

Results
Coconut milk moisturizes and makes your hair shine. Honey is a natural humectant and smoothens your hair. Hibiscus increases circulation in your scalp, prevents split ends, soothes the scalp, thickens and defines your hair (look at the picture). After the mask, your hair shines, is defines and manageable.

Who can use this recipe
Any transitioning or natural hair individual can use that recipe. For permed hair, use the powder with your conditioner for better results.

Where can you find hibiscus powder
If you are in Haiti, you can find it at Kay Afro Alice or at Onaturell. If you are abroad, you can look for it at any ayurveda store online or at your site.

Please make sure, the mixture as the proper consistency not to create a mess on your clothes or in your surroundings.

Don’t forget to share pictures of how you used the recipe with us.

We wish you all a nice weekend and look forward to sharing another recipe with you next Friday. For suggestions, please email us at afroalice@gmail.com.

The Current Most Trendy African Hairstyles

As a natural hair enthusiast, I keep a close eye on the evoluating world of natural hair and afro textured styles and based on my observation during the past three months or so, below are the current trendiest hairstyles in the natural hair community.

1- Faux Locks

Faux locs are protective styles performed with yarn or marley bulk hair or regular kanekalon hair to achieve dread locks. They are great options for people who want to try the dread look without having to actually lock their hair and people who are thinking about locking their hair and rock them as the “trial look”.  Whether your hair is permed, texturized or natural, you can wear faux locks.  The look became even more known when Disney Star,  Zendaya Coleman, wore faux locks to the latest Oscars and sparked one fashion critic who insinuated prejudices about her look.

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Faux locs bun

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Faux locs on curly hair

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2- Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are protective styling performed on flat twisted or cornrowed hair where a latchhook is used to insert the braid under the braided hair to create the do.  They are great transitioning styles. They are a great alternative for people who want to wear another hair color without coloring their own hair and they work great to achieve fuller hairstyles.

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Kay Afro Alice Natural Hair Salon

Kay Afro Alice Natural Hair Salon

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3- Havana Twists

Havana twists are medium-sized or big chunky senegalese twists created with Marley bulk hair or any  full afro textured braiding hair. They look great, do not take time to do and take down.

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Havana bun

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Havana twist

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4- Ombré Hair Coloring 

The Ombré hair coloring is applying color gradually to your hair ends.  It looks better on medium to long hair. You dye your ends with a brush that gradually distribute the color with different highlights.

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Which one of these looks have you already tried?

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Some Habits Causing your Hair Growth To Reduce

Many naturals in the community are complaining about their hair not growing enough, not growing at all or about their hair having stopped to grow.  In our little talk on our Facebook page today, we discussed three little habits that could cause your hair to stop growing:

1- If you do not sleep enough- While you are sleeping, your body rejuvenates, repairs, renews.  If you keep on missing the amount of sleep your body needs to do this job, then, your body, skin and hair will be affected.

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2- If your vitamin intake is low – Your body needs nutrients to function properly. Those vitamins boost up your body, your health and of course, your hair too.  Make sure your intake of iron, zinc and other vitamins are sufficient to promote hair growth.

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3- If you do not drink enough water – No need to drown yourself but you definitely need to drink enough water to allow blood circulation, follicle nutrients to travel and of course for your hair to be moisturized from within.  Water as well as water found in fruits and vegetables can help a great deal.

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How much sleep do you have everyday?  How healthy is your diet?  What amount of water do you drink everyday?

Curly in our Neighborhood- Vwazin nou ak Cheve Natirel – Carolina Contreras- Miss Rizos

If you are in Haiti or a fan of our Facebook page Afro Alice, you surely know we will host a natural hair event tomorrow and our special guest is Carolina Contreras or Miss Rizos.  We’ve taken the time to interview her so that you can get to know more about her. Read on.

Si w ann Ayiti osinon si w se yon abone paj Facebook nou an, ou okouran ke n ap gen yon ti rankont demen swa nan Petyonvil epi moun ki envite spesyal nou an rele Carolina Contreras oswa Miss Rizos. Nou sispek ou anvi konn plis sou li e nou te pran tan entevyouwe l pouwou.  Li pou w wè.

Carolina Contreras Miss Rizos

Carolina Contreras
Miss Rizos

 

1- Tell us about yourself. Palem de wou

I was born in the Dominican Republic, but spent most of my life in Boston, Massachusetts. I studied French and Peace and Justice studies in college, which allowed me travel to many parts of the world. I love learning new languages, exploring the world and eating great food!

Mwen fèt Repiblik Dominikèn men mwen leve Boston ki nan eta Massachusetts.  Mwen etidye Fransè epi m fè lot etid ki gen rapo ak jistis ak lapè, sa ki pemet mwen vizite anpil kote nan lemonnantye.  Mwen renmen aprann nouvo lang, eksplore toupatou epi manje bon manje.

2- Tell us about Miss Rizos.  Pale nou de Miss Rizos 
About 5 years ago I decided to move back to the Dominican Republic and about 6 months into my trip I decided to return to my natural hair. So many women were asking a million questions like how I did it and what products I was using etc. so I decided to create an online space in Spanish to tackle these questions and to inspire women to love themselves just the way they are, naturally.
It started with just 25 readers, mostly my family members and then all of sudden it just grew to thousands of people from all around the world! It’s amazing and how much inspiration I get from the readers of the blog!
Sa fe senkan depi mwen deside retounen al viv nan peyi m te fet la epi si mwa apre mwen te retounen Sendomeng, mwen te deside retounen natirèl.  Anpil fanm tap pozem kesyon sou koman mwen te fe retounen natirel epi ki pwodui mwen itilize, se konsa mwen te kreye yon blog nan lang panyol pou ede medam sa yo epi pou enspire yo aprann renmen tet yo jan yo ye a.
M te komanse ak 25 lektè- moun nan fanmi m sitou epi yon sel kou mwen fin gen yon paket milye moun nan lemonnantye ki vin lektè blog mwen an.  Mwen renmen sa epi moun sa yo enspire m anpil.
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3- we are very happy that you will be visiting our country in three days. How excited are you about it?  Nou kontan ke w ap vin vizite peyi nou nan kek jou.  Koman w santi w parapo ak eksperyans sa w pral fe a?
I’m beyond excited! In 2010 and 2011 I got to work in the border towns, but this will actually be my first time in the capital. Growing up in Somerville (right outside of Boston), my best friends and boyfriends were mostly Haitians and I ate lots of Griot and Poison with rice and piclis! So, I’ll go ahead and be honest and say that I’m excited to eat some Haitian food!
What I’m most excited about though, is meeting other women who have opted to rock their fros! I want to learn some tips and tricks from the women there and share some of the knowledge I’ve accumulated in the past years.
Mwen two kontan!  Mwen te pase Ayiti deja nan lane 2010 ak 2011 men se te nan vil ki toupre fwontyè a, kidonk se ap premye fwa map vini nan kapital la.  Lem te Somerville (yon kote ki andeyo Boston), pi bon zanmi m yo ak menaj mwen yo se te konn Ayisyen e m te konn manje anpil griyo ak pwason ak pikliz.  M pa kache diw!  M pa ka tann pou m al manje bon ti manje ayisyen.
Sa ki banm ke kontan tou se rankontre m pral rankontre lot fanm ki chwazi retounen natirel yo.  M vle aprann nan men yo epi m vle pataje sam konnen ave yo tou.
4- How did you return natural?  Koman w te fe retounen natirel?
About 4 years ago I decided that I was ready to love all of me. I transitioned for like 3 weeks and then big chopped.
Gen anviwon 4tran de sa, m te deside pou m renmen tet mwen ak sa m ye net ale.  M fe tranzisyon pandan 3 semen epi mwen koupe cheve a.
5- What’s your current hair routine? Ki woutin swen ou genyen kounya pou cheve w?
I keep it really simple most of the time. I apply coconut oil every week, wash once a week with non sulfate shampoo and conditioner. I usually apply a bit of conditioner or leave in and oils to seal. I’ve been pretty low Maintance lately because of my traveling schedule.
Woutin mwen byen senp.  Mwen mete luil kokoye nan cheve a chak semen, mwen lave l yon fwa chak semen ak yon shanpou ki pa gen silfat epi ak rens.  Apre sa mwen mete yon ti rens oswa yon krem pou penyen ak luil pou ki kenbe cheve a idrate.  Mpa gen twop tan pou m fe twop bagay nan tet mwen paske m vwayaje anpil.
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6- How did the idea to visit Haiti came to you?  Rakonte nou koman w te vin deside vizite Ayiti?
I did an event in Santiago, Dominican Republic and met a few of the women from Afro Alice and after a few email exchanges, the trip was conceived. I’ve always wanted to visit Haiti and this seemed like the perfect time!
M te oganize yon evenman Santiago, nan Repiblik Dominikèn epi m te rankontre kek nan medam Afro Alice yo epi apre kek ti pale, m te deside vin Ayiti.  M te toujou vle vizite Ayiti, kidonk m te we se te bon le pou m vini!
7-  What makes you think the event on Thursday will be a success? Sa k fe w panse rankont Jedi a ap yon siksè?
The Afro Alice community seems to be a strong one and from the looks of it, they like to throw fun events! I measure a successful event if I was able to learn something and teach something, and I’m sure that will happen!
Kominote Afro Alice la sanble se yon ekip solid e yo sanble renmen rankontre epi amize yo!  Yon evenman byen fet nan jem se le mwen aprann yon bagay nan men lot moun epi mwen aprann yo yon bagay tou e m panse nap kapab fe sa nan rankont lan demen.
8- A message to the Haitian community? Ki mesaj wap voye pou kominote moun Ayiti yo?
There is so much happening between the our two neighboring countries and I feel like there is a great need to come to together. This subject of hair allows us to share common ground and to understand how many of us experience similar struggles. In many ways I feel like I serve as an ambassador of my country and my message is one of love and justice.
Gen anpil bagay ki fe de peyi nou yo pa byen youn ak lot men mwen panse li enpotan pou youn met ansanm ak lot la.  Cheve nou ap pèmèt nou ini nan yon bagay epi ede youn konprann ke nou ap mennen menm lit la.  Mwen santim tankou anbasade pou peyi m e map pote yon mesaj lanmou ak jistis pou Ayiti.

ACE

Afro Alice

 

My Naps in Color :)

I colored my hair the night before last night….

My hair has been straight black for the past ten months and I was getting bored with it.  Therefore, on the night of October 16, just before my picnic, I colored my hair.

The color I used: Dark and Lovely Honey Blonde 378 ( I bought it for 250 gourdes / 6.50 usd at Janet Beauty Supply in Petion Ville).  Because that color doesn’t complete my tone as it is the same color with my skin, I did highlights with it instead of dying or block-coloring my hair.

The process

The Steps

The Steps

First – my hair before.  Very black.  From the general hair chart, my hair is 1b color.

Second  – I parted my hair in different medium sections for the highlights.

Third  – the color box

Fourth  – What’s included in the box: the liquid and the color

Fifth – I mixed the liquid and the color in the white bottle and apply to my hair body.  Notice that I didn’t apply color on the roots.

Sixth and Seventh  – I aluminium-foiled the colored part for maximum effect.

Eight and Ninth – I left it for 45 minutes and that’s how it went out

Tenth and Eleventh– I wash  the color out

Twelfth and Thirteenth– I protein deep condition my hair using a mixture of Olive Oil mayonnaise, avocado, oils and honey.  Put a hot cap on for fifteen minutes.

Fourteenth – I rinse thoroughly and flat twist the hair using Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie

The results

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N.B.- The color is permanent and suitable to natural hair (it will not alter your texture).

If you have questions about my color application, please write me at afroalice@gmail.com or contact me via Facebook on our Afro Alice page.

 

Let’s talk about Hair Length & Retention

This morning, on one of my forums, some of the napphies were complaining about their hair not growing or not long enough. It made me think about some small dos that we tend to neglect but that bid high on our hair length in the long run….

1- Brushing– yes! If you brush your hair with a hard brush, you brush your hair frequently and you brush your hair when it is wet, then, you may lose some strands in the process.  Therefore, brush your hair with care and with a soft brushe (denman brush, boar bristle brush, etc) or just do not brush your hair.  Doing this is more a preference than a requirement.

2- Too much manipulation– Manipulating your hair everyday, touching it every once in a while, frequent combing and styling rip away some of your hair strands.  How do you think the locked people achieve such lengths?! Their number one secret is low manipulation.   Keep your hair in protective styles, keep your hair in low manipulation dos so that you can retain maximum hair length.

3- Use of shampoo– I foresee your surprised face when you read this but yes, it does take away some of your hair.  Shampoo is harsh and a majority of them take away the natural oils from your hair.  Plus, I truly believe shampoo is not a must in a naturalista’s regimen. To cleanse your scalp, you can use other products as Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water or bentonite clay (there’s a way to use it properly) or baking soda (ATTENTION though). 

4- Lack of moisture– Your hair needs moisture to grow and blossom.  Natural black hair is very fragile and requires more moisture.  If your hair is not enough moisturized, not only will the ends break but you will definitely have less hair.  Make sure your hair regimen is set in a way for your hair to get all the moisture it needs.

5- No protection of your hair when you are going to sleep– If you need to retain length, not only do you need to keep the moisture in your hair at night by wearing a silky/satin cap/bonnet or use a silky/satin pillow but you should also take the habit to put your hair in a pineapple puff or twist/braid them.

Jael from naturalhaircommunity.com

Jael from naturalhaircommunity.com

6- If you don’t have a healthy diet– You are what you eat.  Your hair is you.  If you don’t eat properly to provide your body the necessary vitamins, your hair will suffer from it.  Make sure you eat properly and intake enough iron, biotin, zinc, vitamine E,D,A and B1 so that you can grow longer hair.  Alternatively, take supplements to grow healthy long hair.

7- No protection of your hair against the environmental hassles– You need to protect your hair whenever  you will be exposed to the sun ( aloe vera, tea tree oil and leaves are exemples of great sunscreens for  your hair), to cold or chlorine water.

8- Heat damage – I know nhappies experience shrinkage and use heat to go full hair length or at times, we want to straigthen our hair for a new look.  Heat can damage your natural hair, it is to be used with very much care. 

9- Harmful ingredients in your products – Take the time to review the ingredients in the products you are applying on your hair.  There are so many products to avoid in natural hair products: petrolatum, parabens, sulfate and lead to name a few. 

10- Stress– There is a correlation between stress and hair loss.There are generally two types of stress-induced hair loss: telogen effluvium and alopecia areata.Telogen effluvium occurs when sudden or severe stress causes an increase in the shedding of hair, which is generally triggered by ongoing stressful events or chronic stress. The condition is generally temporary and hair will typically grow back within 6 to 9 months.  Alopecia areata is more destructive. Intense stress may trigger a type of hair loss called alopecia areata. In this condition, white blood cells attack the hair follicle, which stops hair growth. Hair falls out relatively quickly – typically in clumps or patches within a few weeks of the stressful event. Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/028591_hair_loss_stress.html.  Manage your stress, relax, take it easy! 

11- Hard on the hair– Some people rock tight puffs, ponytails or leave braids in their hair for too long.  If you need long hair, you should be gentle with your hair.

 

Your Hair is YOUnique- Get to Know It

I have met those newly naturals who love their hair but don’t know much how to prove it to their crown….I have talked to those women having hair problems but can’t really tell you much about it…..I have received tons of emails and messages from natural women wanting to develop or reinforce their hair regimen. All of them with one common problem: they do not know their hair!

Your face is unique, your nails are unique, your body is unique and your hair is unique too.  That’s why it is crucial that you know your hair to be able to manage it, style it and make it grow to its fullest length. Let’s consider four factors in getting to know our hair.

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1- Its type -Your hair has specific care and styling needs based on its texture, that’s why it is important to find your hair type. For more information, refer to my article about hair typing.  https://afroalice.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/decision-made-what-comes-next/

2- Its porosity– To retain length, to be healthy, your hair needs moisture.  Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.  Your hair cuticle determines how easily moisture and oils penetrate and goes out of the hair.  Therefore, knowing your hair porosity helps you in choosing the proper products to keep your hair moisturized and healthy.  For information on determining your hair porosity, refer to this article. http://www.naturallycurly.com/texture-typing/hair-porosity

3- Its growth rate– The mistake a lot of women do is comparing their hair length with other same-age-hair pals.  This is not correct.  Hair growth is genetic and is also affected by external factors like care, environment, situation and etc.  Knowing your OWN growth rate helps you stay away from the comparison and really know your OWN hair.  To calculate your hair growth, refer to this article. http://www.provenhairgrowth.net/hair-growth/rates

4- Its state– Getting to know your hair implies keeping track of its situation. When you know your hair state, you can better prevent damages, you can solve hair issues quicker and more efficiently and you avoid comparing your hair with others’.   Do you have dry hair? Do you have oily scalp? Do you currently have dandruffs? Do you have sensitive scalp?  Are you stressed?  Did you recently have a surgery? Do you live in a cold, humid or hot environment?  Do you work indoor or outdoor? How is your diet? Do you exercise?  Genetics? How do you care for it?  Your hair has a history and its state relies a lot on it. 

Get to know your hair, fall in love with it, treat it as unique (anyway it is).