Avocado Hair Mask

Last night was one of those nights. You know the kind where you just feel like pampering your tresses. I finally put my semi-over ripe avocado to good use. Yes, loves. I made an avocado hair mask. My curly hair loved it!

DIY Avocado Hair Mask

Avocado has a high-fat content with a variety of nutrients. Not only is it good to eat, it leaves hair with more elasticity, soft and moisturized.

 Avocado Contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin C
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B-3
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Magnesium
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Folate/Folic Acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Avocado Hair Mask

My hair loves coconut oil, so I added it to my avocado mix. You can use an oil of your choice, such as olive oil. If you use olive oil instead, use 1-2 tablespoons.

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Avocado
1-2 Tablespoons of Honey
1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

Directions:

Slice open and scoop out the avocado into a bowl. Add your honey and coconut oil. Be sure to mix well. I didn’t use a hand mixer, but I got a pretty smooth consistency. Add a drop of essential oil of your choice for some extra ooh-la-la.

After you’ve gotten the desired consistency, put the mask on your hair. Some people dampen their hair first. I added mine to dry hair just fine. Apply liberal amounts of the avocado hair mask all over. I focused heavily on my ends because they were a bit drier than usual. Put on a shower cap and chill, do chores, blog, etc. for 20-40 minutes.

You can use heat to speed up the process. If you use heat, apply it for 10-15 minutes.

After you’ve indulged your hair in this wonderful avocado mask, shampoo, condition and style as desired.

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Avocado Hair Mask

Hair Bow Style Tutorial

Enjoy this quick visual tutorial on how to do a hair bow style!

Hair Bow Tutorial

Naturally Professional & Changing Cultural Symbols

I spent this evening as a panelist with a very knowledgeable and fine group. Tonight’s event was hosted by the University of Memphis’ National Association of Black Journalists. We discussed being “naturally professional” — the stereotypes of natural hair in the corporate world.

Are there stereotypes associated with natural hair in the professional work environment? Yes. Some people view natural hair as untidy, or that it reflects rebellion and personality/attitude issues.

 

There was much to discuss and learn. From a sociological and cultural perspective, hair is symbolic. It carries a meaning, whether you like the meaning or not. Can we redefine symbols and change their meanings? Certainly. However, most people are resistant to change, especially when it comes to changing their minds, which rests on their values, beliefs, and ideas.

Beauty Culture

Realistically speaking, it is 2013 and we must confront the issue of what messages our chosen hairstyles and natural textures send to society. Most importantly, we must confront what those messages mean to us on an individual basis. Change happens one person at a time. Only you can choose to change your own mind, and how you see yourself and society. This includes ideas about beauty.

Isn’t that the real issue with conversations about hair ? Ideas about beauty? These are values or standards imposed upon us that we choose to internalize or not. Our society has sold to us its standard of beauty. As a culture, we bought it. That price tag was pretty hefty.

The perspective that I shared tonight was that whether you are natural, have relaxed hair, wear a wig, weave, or whatever; at the end of the day you must love you. If you can only love yourself based on the texture or style of your hair, we need to fix something. When you peel back all the layers, all the superficial stuff, do you love who you are? Do you accept yourself?

I honestly hate “natural” hair being solely applied to people of color, as though other races don’t have natural hair. I also hate the term “ethnic” hair, hair care, and hair styles being applied to people of color. We are not the only ones who have an ethnicity. Everyone has an ethnicity. A shared culture or nationality equals ethnicity.

The Movement

In keeping with the theme, there are many reasons why a person joins the “natural hair movement”. Whatever the reason, I sincerely hope it is a personal choice to open your perspective and just be who you are, and not a cover-up for the symptom of self-esteem issues, whose root has not been dealt with. Yes, someone with natural hair, just like someone with relaxed hair, can STILL have self-esteem issues that are not connected to hair, but to something much deeper.

However, if your personal choice to wear your hair natural boosts your confidence and feelings of self-worth — good for you! Still, be sure that you are you, not matter what you have or what you look like. True beauty radiates from a pure heart.

“Just Say No” to Self-Righteousness

I caution natural ladies to not think of themselves in a self-righteous manner, as though embracing natural hair means you love yourself and God more than a woman who chooses to wear relaxed tresses. Having natural hair does not mean you will avoid damage, split ends, and the like.

I equally caution ladies with relaxed hair to not think of themselves in a self-righteous manner, as though having relaxed hair makes them more polished and sophisticated. Straight hair is not more beautiful than other textures.

The Big Question(s)

Are we truly “not” our hair? We say that: I am not my hair. But do we mean it? Is this conversation just an extension of racism and colorism within our own culture and society in general?

The question of the evening was: Is natural hair professional? Yes. Just like any type and texture of hair, no matter what color you are, your hair is expected to be groomed, especially in the corporate world. If it’s groomed, it’s professional: kinky, curly, wavy, straight, and everything in between. The issue is that mainstream society has not caught on to this realization that your hair texture is not a reflection of your skills, efficiency, intellect and productivity. Through promotion, education and creativity, we can plant this thought: All hair textures —regardless of race and ethnicity— are beautiful.

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History of the Hair Braid Infographic

Do you know what makes YOU beautiful? Hint: It’s not the hair or the clothes.

1 Peter 3:3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. (NIV)

Enjoy this great infographic!

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The History of the Braid Infographic

DIY Hair: Twisted Sister

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DIY: Button Bobby Pins

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This DIY is easy peasy, ladies—button bobby pins. It’s a perfect refashion project. Just think. You can snag some buttons off pieces you no longer need or wear. Oh, the possibilities! Vintage, antique and modern buttons abound…

Supplies:

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  • Buttons
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hot Glue Gun or Super Glue
  • Needle & Thread
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For more details, head on over to A Homemaker’s Journal.

Enjoy!

DIY button bobby pins

DIY: How to Tie a Royal Turban

Another head wrap tutorial, ladies! This one is for the turban lovers. Go royal with it.

 

Enjoy!

How to Make a Cascade/Waterfall Braid

Now you can learn how to make a cascade/waterfall braid. Check out the video tutorial by Cute Girls Hairstyles. In the video, Mindy’s hair is short. She demonstrates your hair doesn’t have to be super long to pull off this style.

DIY Cascade Waterfall Braid

How to Wear a Tichel/Mitpachat

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So what’s a tichel or mitpachat? It’s a head scarf or head covering traditionally worn by married Jewish women. Well, I’m not Jewish by decent, and I’m not married, but I do believe in covering my head when I pray; and I like nice head scarfs, turbans, headbands, veils, hats, etc. Okay, so I like hair accessories.

I’m on this kick where I like learning new ways to tie a scarf. A cute scarf or hat can be a girl’s best-friend on a bad hair day.

Cover Your Hair has a plethora of hair accessories. I have a couple of scarves I got from Israel that I’ve been playing around with. You don’t have to travel far to get a nice scarf. There’s also the option to make your own with fabric from a craft and fabric store—no super sewing skills required.

Enjoy this video from CoverYourHair.com on how to wear a tichel/mitpachat.

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DIY: Bow Head Wrap

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Remember The Big Hair Bow Hair Show? We’re back to the hair bows, but with a DIY bow head wrap. Thanks to Helecia at youtube.com/iknowlee for this tutorial. By the way, hang on to your scrap fabric, ladies.

For more DIY hair accessories, check out DIY: Turban Headband.