Stop using chemical cosmetic products
It seems like creamy crack wasn’t the only addiction black women have. We are also addicted to hair and body products that are filled with chemicals like parabens, alcohol, preservatives, glycol and so on.
Even worse, I still see a lot of naturals still using hair dyes, which is just as damaging as relaxers, if not worse. Eliminate these products and you’ll finally stop the damage being done to your scalp and hair follicles. You should also be wary of makeup, lotions, soaps and perfumes that are also intoxicating your body.
Instead, you should be using natural ingredients to cleanse, moisturize and seal your hair. Nature provides it all. For instance, shampoo/conditioner I like to use are made with shikakai*, amalaki, reetha, bhringraj and brahmi*. I then seal in the moisture (wet hair) with oils* and butters* like murumuru, moringa*, coconut* and olive*.
Stop heat styling your hair
Just as your hair isn’t meant to have chemicals in it, nor is your hair designed for harsh heat, especially when done excessively. Heat can be just as damaging to your hair as a chemical — both fry your hair and dry it out, causing it to become brittle and break off.
It’s counterproductive for anyone who is looking to achieve healthy hair. So rather than looking for ways to repair or minimize the damage (such as by using chemical heat protectants), just eliminate the culprit and problem solved!
Detoxify your body with natural herbs
And I don’t just mean doing a colon cleanse. But a real detox that will address cleaning away the accumulated gunk that sits in all of your organs and even on and in between your blood cells. There are herbal detoxes available that you can use to rejuvenate your entire body.
I actually recommend this to be the first thing you do when you go down a holistic path. You can detox as you drink smoothies and eat healthier, making the process much faster.
When you combine different methods that address your body from the inside out, the end result is going to be a healthier looking body.
I have personally taken this approach and was able to achieve clear skin (after suffering from acne for over a decade), grow relaxed hair past my bra strap (even without doing the big chop) and I feel and look youthful. You aren’t your hair, you’re a body. So treat it well and it will look amazing from head to toe!