Q: I have a question… I wanted to know if you have a perm in your hair and you want to grow it out to a nature state how long does that take????
A: It depends on how healthy you are. If you eat right, exercise and practice anything mentally calming, your hair should grow normally. It also depends on if you wear protective styles such as braids, twists, or anything that keeps you from combing or brushing your hair to much or on a daily basis. I recommend wearing protective styles through out your transition period (when you are growing your new growth in). Also while transitioning, wash and deep condition the hair once a week and clip ends every other week. Plenty of water in your body is helpful, and also let your hair air dry to keep water on it as long as possible. It also depends on how long you want to transition. If you are comfortable with short hair, then let the new growth come in over a few weeks with out a perm then do the big chop. If not, it may take a year or more for all of your hair to grow out naturally, just by clipping the relaxed ends. I hope that helps Jasmine!
Q: Jasmine showed me your blog page. I was excited about the page. I am curious about the flaxseeds
I have a bag of flaxseeds I am not sure how to use them. Please assist if you can let me know some great recipes or what to put them on.
A: for recipes, I found a web site that seems to have a lot of different ideas for flax seeds: http://www.flaxmatters.com/recipe.home.php…I will have to get me some flaxseeds now!
For healthy food advice, I turn to Care2. They are an all natural and environmentally friendly website that gives good solid information about home remedies and healthy living. I searched Care2 for flax seeds…
What you can do with flaxseeds:
Toss about one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds:
• Into oatmeal.
• Over breakfast cereal.
• Into smoothies.
• Into yogurts.
• Over salads.
Flax seeds are very rich in Omega-3 oils, those essential fatty acids
that are so important for our health, and the health of our skin and
Flax seeds have interesting chemical attributes, also, which makes them
great for everything from egg substitutes, to body scrubs, to a perfect
and perfectly pure hair setting lotion! Here are some easy, do-it-
HAIR SETTING LOTION
Flax seed gel can be used successfully to help set hair.
¾ cup water
1 tablespoon flax seed
Combine the water and flax seeds in a small pan, and bring to a boil. Simmer until the mixture is gelatinous (about 10 to 15 minutes). Strain out as many seeds as you can. Dip a comb into the gel, and comb through the hair before setting with curlers or pins.
FLAX SKIN LOTION
Flax seeds make for a very softening gel for the skin.
1 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoons aloe vera gel (optional)
Combine water and flax seeds in a small pan, bring to a boil, and simmer until the mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and strain out as many seeds as you can. Add the glycerin, and blend with a hand mixer. Refrigerate, and discard after a week.
Variation: Make a simple gel by just boiling together the flax seeds and water, and skipping the other ingredients.
Make the flax seed lotion, but eliminate the glycerin, and add a drop or two of pure essential oil fragrance, if desired.
For an egg substitute, use the same recipe as hair setting lotion. The recipe is the equivalent of one egg. (Although this isn’t a body care formula, it is a great one to have, so I thought I’d pass it on with the rest of these flax recipes!)
1. Oatmeal Pb Cookies Recipe
20 min | 10 min prep
SERVES 6 , 6 cookies
- 1/4 cup no calorie peanut butter
- 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup multigrain oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon sugar free chocolate chips
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup Splenda granular
- 3 tablespoons water
- preheat oven to 350.
- mix flaxseed with water and set aside.
- mix all dry ingredients first.
- add in chocolate chips and flaxseed/water mixture.
- bake for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees.
Thanks for the questions! Keep them coming!
Fellow natural hair blogger Kinjee just posted her hair journey! (Thanks again Kinjee!) She mentioned that she did not know what to do at first when pertaining to styles as she transitioned…I can relate! Now, I think from her blog pictures, I think she has got it down! Go Chica! I thought it may be helpful to post some pictures of natural hair styles that are easy (I am a DIY fan), affordable, and still sexy! So I will start by posting some of my own, and please feel free to comment on your own!
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This is a flat-twist twist out. Kind of crunchy hold so it can last. Done by my old hairdresser in ATL. I miss you Star! This is a transitioning style.
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This is a new and fun blog dedicated to black women who are living (or want to live) a healthy natural lifestyle from their hair follicles to their toe cuticles. I created this blog for women to have support as they transform (and struggle a little) with growth and ultimate care of newly natural tresses. I hope to be able also comment on how to live a fruitful, healthful, natural lifestyle including diet, product use, exercise, and stable cognition.
About a year and a half ago, I decided that I would go natural. I did my research, read some books, and contemplated for a few months. I stopped getting my perm in early Nov 2008, and I transitioned with protective styles for 10 months. Sept of 2009, I did the big chop. No, I did not cry. Now I am doing what it takes to grow my hair strong and healthy. I have taken advice from YouTubers, Bloggers, and random shoppers in grocery stores. I have learned a lot about my hair by doing my own styles; I tried a non-natural hair dresser, and a natural/locs hair dresser. Both cost too much, so I forced myself to DIY! Anyway…enough with my story. I will write a page about that. This blog will allow me to give my advice to people that are going through the same struggles as I did. On this blog you will receive useful product reviews, interesting book reviews, hot web links, sexy pictures, Hollywood-like videos, crazy polls, in-your-face surveys, and much more! I would love to hear from you all about what you like, dislike, can’t live without, or can’t live with. Or anything else you wish to comment on. So please follow me on this So Nappy journey! The bumpier the ride the better!