My healthy hair and skin secret

April 2, 2014

As you know, I am trying to tow the natural path. For my hair and body, I use African black soap popularly called ose dudu in Yoruba. I started using this around October 2013. Fast forward six months later I have a fair glowing skin. It’s clear, soft & smooth. My class mates have been commenting about how smooth and clear my skin is. When I got home after the…

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Behentrimonium methosulfate is not a ‘sulfate’

March 12, 2014

What is Behentrimonium Methosulfate? Behentrimonium methosulfate (BMTS) is a quaternary ammonium compound used in conditioners, shampoos, and lotions to give them a slippery feel. It is NOT related to Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) which can be extremely drying to the hair. It is: An anti-static agent and is one of the mildest detangling ingredients out there. It is recommended for use in baby products which are left on the skin;…

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Fatty alcohols: Cetyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Cetostearyl alcohol.

March 12, 2014

Alcohols (e.g denatured alcohol, ethanol and propanol) can be very drying on the hair and skin but there is a different group of alcohols called fatty alcohols which do not behave like ‘real alcohol’. Examples include: Cetyl alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol and Cetostearyl alcohol. They are commonly derived from palm oil and coconut oil and are usually found in hair conditioners (both rinse-out and leave-ins). They do not penetrate the…

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Mineral Oil Drama: is it really all that bad?

February 25, 2014

Okay! My Ayurvedic phase continues and I’ve finally noticed amla oil! Amla powder is incredible for facials and of course hair as it strengthens roots, defines curls and promotes growth amongst others. From research, amla powder can be used alone or alongside other ayurvedic powders like brahmi, bringraj, neem etc, all with different uplifting properties for your hair. They may smell a bit earthy though as they are herbs after…

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Tunrie Goes Ayurvedic?

January 23, 2014

Well, hello everyone. On one of my many internet/blog-surfing sojourns, I discovered bloggers, real life, human people (lol) applying clay, ‘Nne’, mud to their face and hair! You can imagine my surprise! ‘What is all this about? Where is the order?’, I thought until I looked it up. And was I sold! I immediately got a hand of the whole thing, the internet called it “Ayurveda”; apparently some age-old practice…

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Coconut oil hair benefits

July 1, 2013

Coconut oil is very beneficial for the hair: It is easily absorbed by the hair. It can be used for doing the Greenhouse effect. It is good for doing a pre-shampoo conditioning (prepooing). When you apply it to the hair before shampooing your hair, it gets absorbed by the hair. The hair is unable to absorb excessive amounts water. This reduces the extent of expansion the hair follicle undergoes. As…

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Oils for hair

May 16, 2013

The list of oils for hair is endless but I’ll talk about a few of the ones that I use. Oils for hair can be grouped into carrier oils and essential oils. The carrier oils can further be grouped into: Easily absorbent oils Ceramide-rich oils Others Easily absorbent oils Coconut Oil: Although this oil is not a protein, it helps the hair retain its protein content. As a result, if…

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Black vs Clear Castor Oil

May 8, 2013

 Castor oil is a carrier oil made from castor beans. It contains a lot of fatty acids and phytochemicals which are believed to offer many skin and hair benefits. According to many scientific sources, it is the only known source of a fatty acid called ricinoleic acid, an omega -9- fatty acid. This fatty acid nourishes the hair and is also said to kill some viruses and fungi. As these micro-organisms…

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