Category Archives: Hair care

How To Care For Your Braids and Hair Extension

braidMost people are under the wrong impression that when they have their braids and hair extension on, they can only do little to care for it. There is more to moisturizing and styling your braids/extension, and will not only help your braids/extension last longer will also make it attractive and good looking at all times.

It’s not only important to care for your braids/extension, the hair under should be cared for also, for proper growth, braids/extension shouldn’t be viewed as a non-maintenance style.

How to shampoo braids/ extensions

Extension /braids needs to be washed, this may be once a week/every 2 weeks. The best way to cleanse them is by letting water soak your head and use your hands to squeeze the braids / extension to make sure they are saturated.

Apply shampoo in your scalp, massage the shampoo into your scalp where the braids / extension are parting, then use your finger to make the shampoo through your braids/extension. Fully rinse your scalp and hair, letting the water down wards motion rinse all the shampoo away.

Synthetic hair braid/ extension don’t need a conditioning but human hair extension can benefit from it.

Keeping extension/ braids tangle free

Before going to sleep, cover your hair with silk or satin scarf/cap and can also plait in a loose braid, this will also further prevent tangle.
In the morning, comb through your braids/extension with your finger and then use a wide tooth comb or any comb through it. If your extension is of human hair, you can use a little water/ leave in conditioner mixture on them to make detangling easier.

Taking care of your scalp and hair

While wearing braids/ extension, you have to take care of your scalp and under hair.
Sometimes, the scalp may feel itchy. If it isn’t time for a shampoo. One thing you can try to alleviate the itchiness and clean the scalp is to apply an astringent to cotton wool and apply to scalp partings. Moisturize after with oil for scalp not thick cream because they clog the pore and slow hair growth.

Have a spray bottle with oil and little water to spritz your braids and extension not to scalp, giving it the moisture it needs

If you don’t care for your hair, who will?

If there is anything i have missed out, please kindly share them with me and other readers in the comment section.

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Stay beautiful in and out.

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Hot oil treatment for hair

hot-oil-treatment I’m an African and Africans can have long and attractive hair with proper care which most of us hardly give our hair. Hair contribute to one’s beauty and appearance and with daily hair care and prompt treatment of our hair and any hair problems is a vital way to boost and maintain the beauty of an healthy hair.

My hair is thick and dry ever since have started using homemade and natural treatment for my hair, it as really improve in growth, texture and shine. I now hardly braid my hair or even use extensions.

So homemade treatment is not only affordable, it also really cares for your and which prompt care you will notice improve in your hair like mine.

Things you need for hot oil treatment
– Coconut oil
– Olive oil
– Shea butter
– Cocoa butter
– Shower cap
– Pan

Quantity should be determined by length and volume of hair.

* Put coconut oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil in a pan and heat, then mix together well. Apply mixture to shampooed hair from root to tip.

* Massage mixture well into hair to penetrate, then place shower cap on head. You either place dryer over head to heat or you use a silk or satin scarf/cap on the shower cap, leave for few hours or overnight.
* Wash off with Luke warm water and use apple cider vinegar mixed with water /green tea to do the final rinse to help seal in moisture and give a natural shine to hair.

Benefits of the treatment

– Conditions the hair

– Moisturizes the hair

– Scalp and shaft stronger

– Improve hair growth


* Always moisturize your hair at least 3 times weekly or daily.

* Never braid your hair immediately after relaxing, wait for a week or more because the hair shaft is still sensitive and can damaged hair and scalp.

* Comb hair morning and night to improve blood circulation and prevent tangling.

* Use shampoos and conditioner that contains natural ingredient /natural ones to prevent chemical damage to hair and help hair growth.

* Hair treatments to be done at least once a month or more.

*Eat healthy we are what we eat and drink lots of water.

If you don’t care for hair, who will?

Stay beautiful in and out.

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split-ends-330x495 THE HARMATTAN (winter season) in my country has really not been good to my hair, it falls when I’m combing, breaks at the tip when moisturizing it. Split end is a common problem faced by all especially when it gets to dry season of the year (harmattan or winter) it’s cold and dry and the moisture both in hair and skin is just sucked out.

As you all know beauty treatment be it face, skin, hair, or even make up and dressing should be done according to season requirement. Believe me i understand all the pain, anger attached to split end, it’s falls on your cloth or robe while dressing up and so on.

Now, I’m going to share with you some natural homemade treatment for split ends, I will also talk about some things that cause split ends(because believe me not only weather condition that causes it, there are other things we use or do to our hair that is actually causing the harm).

Some causes of split ends are highlighted for you below;

– HAIR STYLING TOOLS: blow dryer, coiling irons. straitening irons operate at high temperature level when used on the hair, high temperatures stripes the hair of moisture

– HAIR COLOURING PRODUCT and strong shampoo, also result in moisture loss. No matter how a hair dye claims to be herbal, they still have chemical that stripes the hair of it’s moisture content, only henna (lalee) doesn’t. For shampoo, some are harsh and strips the moisture, so when buying , always opt for a quality shampoos with a balanced hair ph. Level.

Lastly weather and pollution, weather which in my own case was the cause of my split end but that is now ancient as i have treated it.


These few natural homemade recipes will not only treat your split end ,but will also prevent it, like I always say if you don’t care for hair, who will? Also the appearance of your hair brings the beauty in you out. There goes the recipes, I have used and still using to care for my hair. I hope it works for you just as it does for me 

#avocado/olive oil/egg yolk/honey
Mix well in a blender and apply to hair from root to the damaged tip, leave in 4 to 5 hours or better still overnight, cover with shower cap. Wash off with Luke warm water and condition.

#coconut milk/coconut oil/honey
Mix well in a blender and apply to hair from root to tip cover with shower cap, leave In for 2hours or longer. Wash off with Luke warm water and condition.

#Egg yolk/olive oil
Mix well and apply to hair then cover with shower cap. Wash off with Luke warm water and condition.

#papaya /yoghurt
Remove papaya skin and seed and blend with a cup of yoghurt, apply to hair and cover with shower cap for 1hour. Wash off with Luke warm water and condition. Ripe banana can be replaced with papaya.

#olive oil/coconut oil/costar oil/jojoba oil
Mix well and warm in a pan and apply on hair for 2hour cover hair with plastic cap. Wash off with Luke warm water.

#mayonnaise/honey/egg yolk/aloe Vera gel
Blend together and apply on hair, cover with shower cap and leave for 2 hours. Wash off and condition.

#onions juice/honey
Mix well and apply on hair, cover with shower cap and leave for 1 hour or longer. Wash off with warm water and condition.


Hair should be shampooed before applying any treatment to remove dirt and build up.

Never wash hair with hot water; instead Luke warm water. Hot water depletes the moisture in the hair.

Treatment can be left overnight for better result.

Treatment can customize with essential oil for herbal infusion.

Quantity of the treatment should be according to your hair length and volume.

Shower cap or plastic bag to cover hair to heat and hold hair in place (I use a black plastic bag because black is a conductor of heat.

Always trim your hair least once in two months.

Hope you find these remedies useful. If you have other remedy (ies) that you know, please do share them with us via the comment section. You can also send your comments or suggestions by tweeting at me @Ellasbeautytips and at my Facebook page (ellasbeautytips).

“If you don’t care for your hair, who will?”

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Best Oils For Your Hair

Argan Oil

Argan Oil


Often referred to as the Miracle Oil or Liquid Gold, Argan oil is a fantastic natural sunscreen, heat protectant and an intensive repair treatment all in one! In fact, if you’re looking for a multi-purpose natural hair product, this is something you should definitely try. It will improve the elasticity of your dry, brittle hair, help reduce the frizziness of your locks making them softer and more manageable, repair damaged tresses and reduce further breakage as well as aid hair growth! Sounds unbelievable? No wonder Argan oil is one of the most popular natural oils for hair!

Coconut Oil

. Coconut Oil.


A well known secret of hair growth, beautiful healthy hair and healthy scalp – this natural oil for hair is a product ladies swear by! Give it a go in case you’re into organic hair care and love to experiment with natural hair products or in case you wish to try something new. Coconut oil works wonders for both dry and oily scalp, promoting that healthy balance, helping your damaged hair regain its natural shine and vitality, protecting it from both inside and outside!

Grape seed Oil

Grape seed Oil


Next on my list of fantastic natural hair care products to take into your consideration is, of course, the super-popular Grapeseed oil! This odorless, non greasy oil is widely-known as a natural sunscreen for hair but can be used as a carrier oil (in case you’re into making your own concoctions) or applied as a hair/scalp treatment. It helps restore scalp’s natural balance and is an ideal anti-dandruff treatment for all of those who, for some reason, can’t tolerate coconut oil, plus a fantastic hair repair and strengthening treatment, thanks to vitamin E and linoleic acid.

Pomegranate seed Oil

Pomegranate seed Oil


Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acid named Punicic Acid, Pomegranate seed oil should be on your list of natural oils for hair to try out in case you’re in the market for a natural hair product that could help you repair and protect your dry and damaged tresses. Use it alone or mix your very own DIY infusion to help your hair regain its silky smooth texture and shine and fear not – pomegranate seed oil is actually a very popular ingredient of many rejuvenating skin and hair care products and is proven to work wonders for both skin and hair in need of some serious repair.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil


Looking for a natural hair product to soothe your itchy scalp and help you have the hair of your dreams? Why not give Tea Tree oil a shot, then? Its anti bacterial and anti fungal properties are well known within the cosmetic industry plus there’s also that fantastic cleansing effect you’ll love. Simply add it to your homemade shampoo or conditioner to crank up their cleansing ability without the harsh drying effects of commercial products.




Not sure if this one falls under the category of natural oils for hair but, hey, coconut oil happens to be of thick consistency too and it’s still technically an oil so I’m just going to go with the good ol’ “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken” and list it anyways! Why? Because it’s fantastic! Simply warm it up to use as a hot oil treatment and you’ll be hooked!

Amla Oil

Amla Oil


Last but not the least, this fab natural oil for hair definitely deserves to be a part of your natural hair care! Also known as Indian Gooseberry oil, this fantastic ingredient is well-loved by ladies all over the globe. The “why’s” of it are actually quite fantastic too and I bet you’ll surprised to know this oil isn’t only a great conditioner, traditional hair growth treatment and dandruff remedy but also a well kept beauty secret you’re going to want to make your own in case you’re stressing about your grays! Yes, ladies, it’s true – when applied regularly, Amla oil can restore pigmentation and help you bid your premature graying problem goodbye!

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If you don’t care for your hair, who will?

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