African-American hair grows best when cared for with natural products that do not contain drying or pore-clogging ingredients. The basic tenets of African-American hair growth include regular shampooing, deep conditioning and applying natural moisturizer that is free of petroleum, wax and mineral oil. Also, the addition of scalp stimulating essential oils can aid the rate of hair growth by promoting scalp health. Nicole M. Hewitt, M.S.W., also outlines some of the most important elements to look for when selecting products for African-American hair care in the workbook, "Hair and Skin Care for African American and Biracial Children."
Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Shampoo With Sea Moss
This product sticks to the basic rule of promoting hair growth by using essential oils such as rosemary, nettle, lavender and sage, all proved to stimulate hair growth and nourish a healthy scalp. Carol's Daughter products are specifically formulated for ethnic and African-American hair that requires greater levels of moisture and oil while being free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil or artificial colors that may dry hair or clog scalp pores.
Free of any drying preservatives or chemicals, natural coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for African-American hair. Due to it's natural effectiveness, it supports the health of the scalp as well as hair growth. Extra virgin coconut oil is best and should appear clear and have a fresh aroma and taste. Pure coconut oil does not have an oily feel and is absorbed quickly by hair and skin.
Essential Oils of Rosemary, Lavender and Sage
The essential oils of rosemary, lavender and sage are natural stimulants that promote healthy hair growth and a healthy scalp. African-Americans can infuse daily moisturizing products with these oils or prepare a hair rinse to provide consistent stimulation to the scalp. Dried herbs can be made into a hair rinse by adding herbs to boiling water in a 1-part herb, 2 part-water ratio. you should steep the leaves for approximately 10 minutes and allow up to 20 minutes for roots and bark to release their medicinal effects. Folk remedies have long purported the use of peppermint, rosemary and sage for hair health and growth.
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