LOC method: What it is and why you should use it

The LOC method is a phenomenon that has been around for quite a while. You find it on hair care forums, Pinterest boards and word-of-mouth advertising as soon as someone complains about their dry hair tips. This method works so well for many hair types and is super easy to use. So I want to dedicate a whole article to it today. Let’s jump right in with the definition!

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Curly woman has to tell everyone about the LOC methodWhat is the LOC method for hair?

The LOC method is short for “the Liquid Oil Cream method”. This stands for a hair care regimen aimed at helping with dry hair by sealing as much moisture as possible into the hair. That can mean desiccated tips or curly to kinky hair types with overall dryness. So even if your roots get greasy quickly, you might benefit from the LOC method for your tips! Basically as with any body care, you just use it where you need it.

As results you can expect:

  • sleek and shiny hair
  • less frizz
  • a bit more time than usual for your hair to dry

How to do the LOC method

The acronym LOC tells you, in which order to use various hair care products in order to achieve maximum results.

So first you start with Liquid, to add moisture to your locks. Then you add Oil in order to “lock in” the moisture. And finally you seal the deal with some Cream, which keeps the oil in place. Let’s look at the products you can use for those different steps a little more in detail!

LOC method products

While the LOC hair method is more about the order in which you use types of products, some products seem to work better than others for certain hair types. A general recommendation is to stay as natural as possible and avoid the “evil” chemical ingredients that are bad both for you and our environment.

Let’s look at some general product ideas for the different steps. This collection is in no way exhaustive, but should give you a good starting point. For more details on which products to use for different hair porosity, see below that.

1. Liquid: Add moisture

Liquid step of the LOC method: waterThis can simply be the water in your hair after washing. Other possibilities are moisturizing conditioners* or Aloe Vera gel*. If you opt for conditioner, make sure it does not contain alcohol. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect.

2. Best Oil for LOC method: Lock the moisture in

Oil step of the LOC methodHere you really have a wide variety of options. Any oil that you usually use for your hair will work. If you don’t usually use oil for your hair, check your kitchen. Olive oil or sunflower oil can be used for your hair! Ideally you get started with lighter oils though. Examples are almond oil or argan oil*. Only move towards the heavier ones if that is not enough care for your hair.

2. LOC method Cream: Seal the oil in

Homemade hair cream for the cream step of the LOC methodAgain, there are many options you can choose here. If you first want to try the whole LOC thing, simply check your hand cream for possible “evil” ingredients (when in doubt, rather avoid alcohol, for example!) and use that one. Or try my homemade hair cream. Or, if you want to invest a little more into your hair products, you can buy hair creams online*. There are variants for every hair type and need.

LOC method curly hair

Many people with curly hair swear on the LOC method. Curly hair is dry by nature and can benefit from every little bit of moisture it can get. So a regimen like LOC not only adding moisture but also sealing it into the hair, is a godsend for us curlies. Usually people with curly hair already have a collection of products at home. If you are one of them, just try applying them in the LOC order. You might be surprised how different the effect of the same substances can be! If you are not too sure about which things to use for your LOC regimen, read on.

I won’t go into too much detail here on what hair porosity means and how you can find out about your own hair porosity. A nice explanation and various tests for it can be found here at theNooPooMethod.com. For the purpose of this article, I will just tell you which type of LOC products to use for which hair porosity.

LOC method for low porosity hair

Low porosity hair does not absorb products easily and has a tendency for buildup. So for the LOC method you want to use light products and support the absorption with “opening” the hair a little. This can be done with using warm water for the “L”. For the “O” and “C” steps you want to use lighter products. As light oils for hair I personally really like Jojoba oil, Almond oil and Argan oil. Finally, use a not-too-rich cream as a finish. If you like perfumed creams, maybe check out the Heymountain hair creams. Many longhaired people swear they are the best.

LOC method for HIGH porosity hair

High porosity hair has a tendency to not keep the absorbed moisture in, although it does absorb liquids easily. So you really want to make sure to add Oil and Cream! People with high porosity hair will really benefit from the LOC method. (I speak of experience!) For the Liquid step I would recommend using Aloe Vera gel* rather than just water. Also with the “O” you can go a little heavier than your low porosity friends. My personal favorite is Macadamia oil*, as it is rich, but pretty neutral in smell. Other people swear on coconut oil. For me that can sometimes rather dry my hair out even more, so better check how it’s working for you. And then we are already at the last step, Cream. Any rich cream will benefit you, think Shea cremes or winter variants.

LOC method everyday?

One last point I want to address is frequency. People get excited about this regimen and then soon after ask themselves:”But wait? How often should I do the LOC method?” Well, this depends a little bit on your hair type and usual washing frequency.

If you are a curly, kinky or otherwise pretty dry hair type, I definitely recommend doing the LOC method after every wash. If you are one of the aforementioned hair types, but only wash your hair very rarely, you can even do it in between washes. Then only use Aloe Vera, not water.

For most people, I would not recommend doing this every day though. The reason for this is, that having your hair constantly wet or at least moist is not a good idea. While it might look better in that moment, this puts a lot of stress on the hair.

So this is the LOC method. Let me know how it is working for you! And if you want to share it with someone, you can simply use the following infographic!

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Homemade hair cream: The Easy Way

Homemade hair cream with only two ingredients - cream jarHair cream, let alone homemade hair cream, is not something many people use regularly. I say, maybe you should! Do the tips of your hair stay dry when the roots already start being a little oily? Have you tried balancing shampoos? Still no success? Don’t worry. Today I will show you a recipe for a homemade hair cream which will help with this.

As usual with my homemade beauty tips this recipe doesn’t need a huge amount of ingredients. And it can easily be customized to whatever your hair and your nose like best! So without further ado let’s jump right into what you will need for your homemade hair cream.

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Ingredients for the homemade hair cream

The great thing about this recipe is that you can make this recipe with as little as two ingredients! Obviously it is way more fun to mix and match and tweak. Still, if you are going minimalist or just don’t feel like playing around too much, you only really need the following two things:

You will need the same amount of each ingredient. So for the basic recipe you would use 50% of shea butter and 50% of oil.

For choosing the oil consider that the cream will stay in your hair as a leave-in after washing. So you want to use a nice smelling or neutral oil. Personally, I love avocado oil* for its nourishing effect on my hair. But I wouldn’t want to walk around smelling like it all day… So I would choose another oil from my list of favorite hair care oils that I told you about in my post about my long hair care. A good example for a neutral oil I like to use is almond oil. And if I want to smell like a cookie, I use the Monoi Tiare Tahiti vanilla* flavored coconut oil. (Seriously, that one smells sooo good!)

Some essential oils for a nice smell of the homemade hair creamSo when it comes to the oil, you can really play around with what you like. You can also mix different oils. Or put in a few drops of essential oil to perfume your homemade hair cream. Just make sure you get to the 50% shea butter, 50% oil proportion in the end.

How to make the homemade hair cream

First, you need to melt your shea butter. This step can vary in length a little bit, depending on which type of shea butter you have. Make sure to not heat it up too much! Only use low heat.

Once you have a liquid, you can add your oil. And then you start mixing it all together. Just treat it like whipping cream. Depending on the amount of cream you are making, you might want to take out the mixer. Or, if you just have a small amount, you can simply use a fork and build some muscle!

Now all you have left to do is waiting for your concoction to cool and to stir it every now and then. This will prevent the shea butter and oil from separating again.

How to use the homemade hair cream

As I mentioned above, you want to use the cream as a leave-in. Ideally you apply it to the tips of your hair after washing, when your hair is still wet. Or, if you use the LOC method or Liquid-Oil-Cream method, you apply it directly after the oil portion. There is no need to wash it out, as it will be absorbed by your hair.

One word of warning though: This homemade hair cream consists of FAT! It will do wonders for your dry tips, but that is also where it should stay! Do not put it on your scalp and length, it will most likely be too much. If you have a hair type that does need that amount of extra care, increase the amount you use after every wash. This way you can work your way up and find out how far you can go.

As always, do let me know how you liked this recipe and what you did with it! And if you want to save it for later, find a prepared pin below. Happy mixing!

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Cassia for hair – help your hair be strong!

Cassia for hair in powder formAn important part of my long hair care is to regularly use Cassia for hair. Cassia is a plant-based powder, made from the tree Senna italica. Using it as a hair treatment regularly has helped me immensely to grow my hair to hip length. So today I want to share with you what exactly the so-called “neutral henna” can do for your hair. And the exact way I use and apply it.

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Benefits of Cassia Obovata for hair

Cassia is like a natural conditioner for your hair. It will leave your locks more shiny, fuller and stronger. Some people also report it helps with their dandruff. Basically it has the same effect as Henna, just without the coloring. Nice, right? Another big plus of Cassia Obovata are the properties. Because of it’s ingredients, it has antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Cassia for hair growth

Cassia itself does not contain any active components to stimulate hair growth. That being said it will still be a very beneficial factor in your journey to longer hair. At least it was for me! Let me explain this a little.

For many people the biggest problem when growing long hair is not the speed of the hair growth. If you are healthy, it will be between 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8 inches) per month. Nothing much you can do about that. The reason why some people’s tresses are not gaining any length is simply breakage. Rubbing on clothes, being dry… There are many possible reasons for your hair breaking off at the tips. And this is something that Cassia helped me with greatly. My hair is hip length now, so the tips have seen numerous years come and go. Still, with the strengthening through Cassia they became stronger and more resistant. Thereby my tips break less and my hair can keep getting longer.

Cassia hair dye

While Cassia is also called “neutral Henna” it is not a hair dye like the real Henna. It has one active component though, that might give your mane a slight yellow-ish tint. On darker hair it will almost be invisible, on blonde hair you might notice it. Don’t worry about it too much though, because it will wash off. Other than Henna, Cassia does not bind permanently to the hair. One word of warning though: Be careful if you have dyed hair already, the results might be unpredictable!

Cassia Obovata on gray hair

The strongest effect of the gold-coloring component becomes visible when you use Cassia Obovata on gray hair. As the base color is very light, it can easily be changed. Many people try to change their gray or white hair to a golden blonde with Cassia. As I personally do not have any experience with that, I can only tell you what I heard from other people about it. Supposedly, there will be a golden shine to your hair if you do a Cassia treatment regularly. It does wash off though and will not have the same effect as a golden hair dye.

My Cassia hair treatment

When I get ready to use Cassia for hair, I first make sure there will be a few hours in which I don’t have to leave the house. (Yes, this is a hair treatment you want to leave on for a few hours.) Then I collect my ingredients:

–  Cassia powder* (about 150 grams or 5.3 oz)

– hot water (just not boiling anymore, 350ml or 1.5 cups)

– a few drops of oil

By the way, Cassia for hair is strengthening, but can also have a little drying effect, hence the additional oil. I usually use Camellia Seed oil*, but any oil your hair likes will do.

Now I mix all the ingredients in a bowl till I get a mustard-like consistency. Make sure to work slowly, as the powder starts out quite dusty!

Cassia for hair in creamy formOnce the mixture has cooled enough, I start applying it with a paintbrush to my hair. This way I don’t get the green cream under my fingernails and can still distribute it evenly. And then it’s already time to wrap it up! Wrapping your hair will keep the heat in and intensify the beneficial effects of the Cassia treatment. Just make sure to use an old towel, because it will get stained!

The hardest part of using Cassia for hair

The recommendation is to leave the mask on for at least an hour. If I have the time, I actually sit with it for several hours. And then comes the hardest part of the whole treatment: Washing it off. If you have ever used plant-based hair treatments like Henna or Amla* before, you know what I’m talking about. It will take quite a bit of water and patience to remove all the little globs of Cassia. Some people help it with a little bit of conditioner, some just put their head in a bucket of water and swing it around a few times. Whichever way you do it, once this last big step is done, you can start admiring your shiny and freshly strengthened hair!

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Homemade hair mask: Questions answered!

Soft hair on the face after a homemade hair maskA regular homemade hair mask should be part of your long hair care. Not only can you match the ingredients to exactly what your hair needs at that moment. In addition you will find out which ingredients your hair likes and which it doesn’t. So the longer you stay with it, the better your skills at making your own perfect homemade hair mask will be. Awesome, right?

How to make homemade hair mask

First of all, to make your own homemade hair mask you want to check the status of your hair. Is it dry and brittle? Damaged? Or are you trying to fight frizz? Depending on this you might want to use different ingredients for your mask.

(I know, there can be way more hair problems. Here I just picked the most common ones.)

Homemade hair mask for dry hair

Naturally dry hair needs moisture. So you definitely want to put an ingredient to remedy that. A very good example is Aloe Vera gel. Combine it with something fatty, like Avocado or egg. Or mix it directly with olive oil, macadamia oil… whichever oil you have around! Be careful with coconut oil though, for some people it has a rather drying effect!

Homemade hair mask for damaged hair

This one is not so straightforward. First of all, you cannot “repair” hair. So while doing a mask is gonna help you have healthier hair in the future, split ends will not magically be glued back together – Sorry!

However, there are some hair treatments that can make your hair more resistant to damage like rough clothes or treatment. (No hair treatment can protect your locks from bleaching and heat! Just minimize that or don’t do it at all!) A popular treatment to start building a protective layer around the hair is Cassia for hair. As damaged hair oftentimes is already dry, make sure to put a little oil, yogurt or Aloe Vera gel into the mix as well!

Homemade hair mask for frizzy hair

Frizzy hair needs a little weight to it. While doing a hair mask will not be the final solution to your frizz problem (I will write another full article about this), it can help for your hair to be less dry. Basically, you want to use similar ingredients as the people with dry hair. Make sure to use nothing drying, nothing too strong (definitely no alcohol in your products!).

How to apply homemade hair mask

Depending on the consistency of your DIY hair mask, there are different ways to apply it to your hair. If it has a creamy consistency, more like a hair pudding, consider just taking it into your hands. This way you can distribute it evenly and really  work it into the hair.

If your homemade hair mask turns out to be totally liquid like my homemade conditioner with MSM, the application is easy. Just fill it into a spray bottle and sprinkle your mane from all angles. Most likely you will end up with a consistency between the two extremes: Too liquid to use it like a cream, too firm to use a spray bottle. For this kind of homemade hair mask, I will tell you a little trick. Simply go to your crafting corner or the nearest arts and crafts supply store and buy a paint brush like this one. (Just make sure it’s a clean one, of course!)

Paint brush painting a wallThis way you can “paint” your hair with your homemade hair mask without dripping it everywhere. Genius, right? I use this all the time especially for hair masks with staining ingredients. Definitely don’t want my Cassia for hair to become Cassia for the floor…

Can you leave a homemade hair mask on overnight?

Oftentimes people ask if it is okay to leave a homemade hair mask on overnight. In most of the cases the answer is: Yes, definitely! (Unless your mask contains a very drying or a coloring ingredient, that is.) Usually the only think you need to take care of is protecting your clothes and bed sheets. So if you are planning on leaving your hair treatment in your hair overnight, make you to wrap it thoroughly in and old T-shirt or towel. If your hair mask contains oil, do not use your favorite towel!! Oil can be super hard to wash out and tends to ruin towels in the long term.

Homemade conditioner with MSM: DIY conditioner with 2 ingredients

loose braidToday I want to tell you about a newfound recipe for a homemade conditioner. I recently  stumbled upon this recipe with only two ingredients. Needless to say, I had to try it!

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So what does this magical DIY conditioner consist of? Super easy, you only need these two things:

tea spoon with MSM powder and white empty shampoo bottle
Just a tea spoon of MSM and an old shampoo bottle to “Shake it out”

1. water (ha! Who would’ve thought?)

2. MSM powder*

Okay okay, technically you also need some kind of container to mix the two in. But that’s it! Put a teaspoon of MSM powder in an old shampoo bottle or something similar, fill it up with water and shake, shake, shake. (Seriously, when you feel you are done shaking, just shake it another time. The powder can be resistant.) Proceed to wash your hair as you normally would and end with pouring your DIY conditioner slowly over your scalp. No further rinsing needed.

As simple as this recipe sounds, it really works. I tested it and didn’t even use oil or anything else on my hair after washing. Here you see it really just air dried, not even combed, no leave ins, no other hair products. Still it clearly is shiny.

Picture of my hair air dried after rinsing with the homemade conditioner
MSM DIY conditioner on hair – results

Excuse the bad lighting, I hope you see the result nevertheless. There is reflection! Even on my curly hair, which normally really needs some kind of oil or cream after a wash to not look kind of dull. Imagine what this little homemade hair care recipe could do to to naturally sleek hair!

If you are a rather inquisitive person, you might ask yourself at this point: “What is the MSM in the homemade conditioner good for?” I am not sure I can answer this conclusively, still I want to offer some insight.

What is MSM and what do you use MSM powder for usually?

You might have met MSM in the last few years as a dietary supplement. MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane, a naturally occurring sulfur compound. People swear it helps with skin problems like acne, fights candida and it has also been promoted among the many vitamins for hair growth. It can even brighten your skin. (Why you would want that and if that makes sense is a completely different topic.) If you are interested in how much truth is to those claims, you can find a little background information on TruthInAgeing.

So why use MSM in a homemade conditioner?

Well, after everyone started taking MSM orally for the various benefits promised, the idea of trying it topically wasn’t far away. After all, sulfur bathing has been around for a long time. Traditionally people with various kinds of skin problems would get treatment with sulfur creams, soaps and gels. So if MSM* is good for your skin topically and there is a credible connection between MSM and hair growth… of course you should also try it topically on your hair!

So can you put MSM powder directly on the hair?

Well. As you can see in the above picture, I am clearly not a blonde. While I find the idea intriguing to maybe even use the MSM powder* in a homemade dry shampoo recipe, this will not fly for brunettes. It is a crystal white powder after all and I’d rather not have the people around me ask why there are white crystals on my head… Joking aside, to really distribute the MSM, I very much recommend to just solve it in water. So yes, you can put MSM powder directly on the hair. With water. Or maybe even another carrier liquid like apple cider vinegar. I still want to try that one.

So, have a go at it and let me know what you think of this homemade conditioner! Do you want more ideas for DIY hair care?

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Easy DIY MSM Conditioner with two ingredients Easy DIY MSM Conditioner with two ingredients

The top 5 long hair instagram feeds to follow

Example for a long hair Instagram pictureLong hair Instagram feeds are appealing to many people. And I totally get why, as long hair is a very visual topic. Naturally a lot of long haired beauties have taken their material to Instagram. It is the perfect platform to not only display artistic hairdos and regular measuring pictures. They also share hair care advice and connect with other rapunzels all over the world. For everyone looking for a little bit of inspiration I created a list of the top 5 long hair themed accounts to follow.

@longhairsociety

Basically the perfect place to start your exploration of long hair Instagram pictures from. This account collects theme related shots from all over Instagram. So you will definitely find the well-known long hairs. And also many users who might not have a purely long hair Instagram feed, but share the occasional long hair picture.

@haselnussblond

Not purely but mainly focused on long hair, sometimes also featuring recipes.  The interesting thing about this long hair Instagram account is how the owner deals with the topic of hair loss – not typical for the rapunzel show-off world. Obviiously it is definitely worth a look for everyone struggling with this.

 

@haartraum

First of all this account shows off the impressive knee long (yes, you read that right!) mane of the account owner. Additionally there are a lot of ideas and tips for hairdos. The feed is an extension of her website www.haartraumfrisuren.de, roughly translating to “dream hair styles”. No worries, most articles seem to have an english version as well.  Also, a lot of the tutorials seem youtube-based, so even if you don’t understand you can still see the how-to.

@silvousplaits_hairstyling

This feed is created by Shannon. Shannon not only has beautiful red hair, she also really knows how to work with it! From Vikings to Game of Thrones – if you are into recreating elaborate hairdos from your favourite show, Shannon will very likely have a how-to for it!

@ladyamalthea84

This blonde lady jokes about similarities to Rapunzel from Tangled. And scrolling through her feed you will see where she is coming from. Princesslike silky blonde hair and lots of nice braiding ideas.

 

Long hair care – the Lioness’s mane care

The topic of long hair care has fascinated me recently, so I now look more carefully at my own. By now I have collected quite a few tools used to detangle, comb, oil and clean my hair. So I want to share an excerpt of my “hair toolkit” and routines today.

Update: This post is 2 years old by now and by now quite a few things changed in my hair care. (Also my hair got much longer and healthier in the meantime.) If you are interested in how my long hair care changed, let me know in the comments!

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Detangling, brushing, “mechanical cleaning”

The Tangle Teezer

I´ve been reading about it many many times on the internet before I actually stumbled upon it randomly in a local drugstore one day and instantly bought it: the Tangle Teezer*. I have thick, curly and easily tangling hair, so I never enjoyed brushing. Even with the most careful approach I ended up getting stuck. I damaged my hair and had to brutally “unknot” it.
Now with the Tangle Teezer? Obviously it still takes some time and care to detangle. Nevertheless I manage so much easier and it is so so so much less painful! Sure, plastic is not the most hair friendly material. And yet no other brush has given me this comfortable way of ordering my curls so far. Normally I use it shortly before the next wash. As you might know, brushing destroys curls and leaves the hair fluffed up. So after brushing I have to braid or bun it up, no more loose flying mane!

The dust comb

A quite new, but already much appreciated tool in my long hair care tool collection is a Hercules Sagemann* dust comb. Believe it or not, your hair gets dusty, especially if you have thicker hair. Daily washing is not recommended and in my case also really not helping in letting the hair look better. (It’s soo dry!) So I am trying to make the interval between hair washes longer and longer. Nevertheless I want to clean my hair in between, just not with water, but mechanically.

 Here is where the dust comb* comes into play. It has very fine rows of teeth. Those help getting out dust, dandruff and everything else the hair might have collected. It also distributes the sebum along your hair. No, this is not disgusting! It is actually the perfect mix of oils etc for the dry lengths of the hair. Naturally, the comb is not able to brush my hair all by itself. I have to do a thorough session with the Tangle Teezer before. But after those two rounds of first detangling and then combing my hair feels awesome! Clean, sleek, silky. (Because I am naturally curly I will still look like an exploded pillow, but the feeling…!)

Long hair care: Putting the mane away

As I wrote earlier, I can only wear my hair open and flying shortly after washing and before brushing – not the longest period. So most of the time it is in a braid or a bun. For now I am very minimalistic with my accessories used for this: Every now and then a hair donut*, mostly just my invisibobbles*. Awesome fact about those phone cord like little things: With them you can easily pull off nice looking updos, no need for those pesky little bobby pins that you always(!) lose after a few uses.  Below is a Youtube tutorial from the official invisibobble channel in which the nice blonde lady makes a pretty braided updo with only one invisibobble! I´m sold.

Long hair care: The washing process

My hair is not only quite long by now, but also a very thick mop. This means washing is more than a 5 minute time investment. As a teenager, my locks went from frizzy but rather straight to kind of curly and unmaintainable. I was desperate! I tried every hair product I could find. Shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays, coloring experiments, you name it, I tried it. Little did I know that those products would only make the “inner” state of my hair worse, giving me more frizz, dryness etc in the long run.

In the last years I found more and more silicone free shampoos in drugstores. So I changed to using exclusively those for washing. At first, my mane seemed to become worse without the silicone film, but in the long run my hair got stronger and healthier. I achieved less split ends, more growth, more natural shine without using extra products. This also made the washing process very straightforward: Wet the hair, put shampoo in, let it air dry. Admittedly the last step can take up to a few hours.

Recently though I have been reading more about the whole hair topic again. And I found a new way of washing, maybe even better than just silicone free: Using Indian herbs! Yes, this sounds weird at first and it is a bit more complicated than the shampoo process, but you gain some big advantages with the herbal wash. First of all, they don’t contains tensides. This is not only better for your hair (less stress), it also means less ecological damage. Second of all, while they still have a cleaning effect due to the saponides they contain, they can also help with dandruff, eczemas and other scalp problems – all natural.

Washing my hair with Indian herbs

Some long hair care tools: khadi hair washing powders, macadamia hair oil, khadi hair oil, hercules sagemann dust comb,jaguar hair scissorsI have been using the powders from Khadi in my last few washes after buying some at a local wholefood shop. As recommended on many forums I got the herbal wash powder*, which is a mix of different herbs, Shikakai powder* and Amla powder*. I mix 2 spoons of the powder with boiling water to turn it into a thick, grainy paste which I then apply to the scalp and hair. With shower cap and towel wrapped around, I then let it soak for about half an hour. And then it’s time to wash it off. Because of the grainy consistency the washing out part can take quite some time till all the crumbs are out. A solution for this might be filtering the paste through a coffee filter before using it.

As I got different powders, I am still experimenting with the right mix and the best way of preparing it. Do I leave it overnight and then filter? Do I mix it and use it as soon as it cools enough? And how often do I need to wash like this? The results on my hair were really good from the first try though. So the testing process is more fun than obligation. My locks became really shiny, way sleeker and they feel stronger somehow, saturated. Maybe they are eating the herbal powder, I’m not sure.

Depending on which powder mix I use, my washing cycle hasn’t changed for now. After 3-5 days the tresses need a wash. Any washing is a mechanical strain tough. So my goal for the winter months is to get to only washing them once per week. After having tried a few herbal washes, I’m positive I will reach this goal. Without having to run around with a greasy head.

Long hair care: Hair care oil

 As I wrote earlier, I have a history with trying loooots of hair products to tame my wisps. But then I started going silicone free and wanted to stay as natural as possible in hair products. I went from using honey rinses over avocado puree and beer as a mousse to oils. The latter is what I am still using. No need for preparing an oil treatment, you just take the oil and gently massage it into scalp and hair. Also, if you look at the properties of many virgin oils, they are pure health for your hair.

While I have tried many hair oils my favorite at the moment is linseed oil. This is definitely dependent on hair type etc and will differ a lot from person to person. But for me this particular oil gives me the best results. It doesn’t leave my tresses stringy or dry. Instead I have very soft, silky and shiny hair after leaving the oil in for a few hours.

Other oils which are great for long hair care are macadamia oil, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, argan oil, pumpkin seed oil…just to name a few. If I have more time and feel like giving myself a treat, I also sometimes cook up my own mix. (In case you haven’t noticed, I am really into homemade beauty tips!) For my homemade hair care I experiment with different oils or adding shea or cocoa butter. I love experimenting with ingredients both for their properties and definitely also for their smell. There are just so many ways to create your own awesome homemade hair mask or homemade hair cream!

Long hair care: remove split ends

Once my whole head is all oiled up I either braid it or bun it up in order to no get everything oily or – when I have enough time and something nice to watch – I get out my Jaguar hair scissors. No matter how careful you treat your hair, you will always find some split ends somewhere. This means that cutting those out is an important part of long hair care. So whenever there is a possibility, I hunt for those and get rid of them.

 For this to actually make a difference for the better it is really important to use proper scissors! Do not use nail scissors and definitely not craft scissors. Buy special hair scissors* and have someone sharpen them regularly. Otherwise you achieve an effect opposite of the desired one: Instead of getting rid of split ends, you cause even more!

How do you manage your hair? Do you do something special? Or do you mostly just ignore it? Let me know in the comments!

Are you interested in hair care for growth? Or do you just need some tips to keep your long hair healthy? Here I am sharing my hair care routine, that I am using to grow my hair long in a healthy way. Read all about my long hair care now!Are you interested in hair care for growth? Or do you just need some tips to keep your long hair healthy? Here I am sharing my long hair care tips, that I am using to grow my hair long in a healthy way. Read all about my long hair care now!

*These links are so-called provision links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I can earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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Headache long hair: How to deal with it

Headache long hairHeadache long hair or happiness long hair? If you have long hair, chances are you love it but at times also hate it. Specifically, you’ve probably had at least one case of a mean headache from how you styled your hair. Those headaches can become a serious problem and I have heard of several people, who cut off all their beautiful locks just to solve this.

Reasons for headache long hair

If it happens more regularly to you there are a few different possible reasons:

  • Either you are naturally more sensitive to headaches (not only from hairdos)
  • you have very heavy hair (very unlikely) or
  • you need to adjust the way you style your hair to prevent those pesky headaches

First of all you want to identify the source of the headache: Is your updo pulling on the root of the hair, this way giving you a fake facelift and causing pain? Does your neck have to do more work than usual, because your updo requires your neck muscles to balance the head in a way different from “normal”? Putting all the weight of your hair in a big bun that is not in the right position will increase your chances of of creating a headache. The same is true for your hair being drawn in a direction other than it’s natural way of growth. If you are unlucky, you might experience both versions and start to think you will just have to abstain from updos… But there are some things you want to try first!

Avoid headache long hair

1. When you put your hair up, make sure the weight is evenly distributed over the head. This way you can avoid forcing your neck muscles to find a new way of balancing. Granted, the Tymoshenko crown is not everyone’s style. If you don’t like the way it looks on you at all, just use it when you are at home and want your long hair out of the way.

2. Make buns close to your head – the more they “stick out” the further away from your natural balance you get.

3. If you love ponytails, but always end up with a mean headache, try the “double tail” variant. First separate a section of hair from the top of your head. Don’t take too little, it should be about half of all your hair. Make a ponytail exactly where you want your final ponytail to be. Afterwards take the rest of your hair, brush it towards the first ponytail and maybe even wrap it around once. Now fix it up with a second hair tie. This way the weight should be distributed a bit better.

girl braiding hair, trying hairdos

4. Make sure you find a good balance between making your hairdo too loose and too firm – both extremes can contribute to your discomfort.

5. For very easy hairdos you can also make it a habit to undo them every few hours and fix them up in a slightly different spot. This way you don’t have the pressure in the same place all day.

6. Figure out which way of styling your hair is the most painful for you. Then do some research to find styles giving you an easier time. If taking your hair straight back is a sure fire way for you to get a headache, maybe try braiding them along the temples and then back.

festive hairdoHow are you dealing with headaches from your hair? Got any tips? Thank you for letting me know in the comments!

6 Tips on How to prevent a long hair headache

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Long hair and growing – The lioness’s mane

I have almost always had long hair, at least shoulder length. Not counting that one time a hairdresser (not understanding the workings of curly hair) chopped off about 40 centimeters… They left me with straw pointing straight away from my head into all directions!

Obviously there are no pictures from that time. I did not leave the house for two weeks and afterwards avoided cameras in general for a while. When even before I did not particularly like going to the hairdresser, it now happens once a year or not at all. Luckily my hair is fine with me just snipping away some split ends every now and then. It still grows, for the length and curliness it requires pretty little maintenance and when it does not look presentable I just braid it or put it in a bun – problem solved.

Flashback picture from baby lioness with long hair
Flashback picture from baby lioness with long hair

Hair care with oil and other findings

Recently I found myself playing around with my hair some more, reading a lot about different hair treatments and oiling it regularly with different organic oils. The best effects I got so far were from linseed oil, but I just like to change it up and try something new regularly.

So while researching about this hairy topic, I stumbled upon some pages where a lot of people made a real science out of growing and nurturing their hair. They have awesome pictures of strong and healthy hair till knee length or even more! While this might be a bit long for my daily life, especially considering my job and the fact that even now already my hair tends to get too heavy for my neck when bunned up, I couldn’t resist but jump onto the measuring train. I just love to measure things, of course I had to!

My current hair length

In this picture you can see that even in the curly state, my hair is already almost waist length. Honestly, I am a bit surprised, considering the fact that about a year ago my hair was about shoulder length. And I really did not go out of my way to get it growing. Mostly I just left it alone and even cut off a few centimeters this spring.

In the picture you can see a lock sticking out a bit lower. That is the one I pulled straight to show how long my hair would be if not curly and also to measure with tape. The method for measuring I used is called “Madora method” or “Dr. George Michaels measurement method” after it’s creator and you can see how it works here. According to this way of measuring my hair length now is 83 cm (ca. 32.6 inches) and about 67 cm (26.4 inches) in “real hair length”.

As till now I have not measured length let alone monthly growth, I have to work with assumptions here. But apparently the average hair growth is about 1.5 cm a month… That would leave me around 100 cm in exactly a year! Hair falling till the butt! That is something I haven’t had since the early days of puberty, but why the hell not?

How can I get long hair?

So in the meantime I will be learning about protective hairstyles. I also want to find ways to nurture the hair externally and internally. Another idea is to measure it monthly to see how I’m on track. To navigate the bountiful online resources for this topic, I also had to determine my hair type. Not every long hair care method works for the same hair . If I wash my hair daily it becomes horribly coarse, dry and unmanageable. People with fine hair on the other hand cannot do my “mechanical cleaning” methods unless they really like the “wet look”.

As in the big forums and most blogs I found so far people were using Fia’s Hairtyping System, I took the cue. So my hair type would be called 2cMiii. I guess. While I am not entirely sure on the first 2 letters, I am definitely sure on my hair being thick. My ponytail circumference is a solid 12 cm (4.7 inches). Gonna have fun with those updo hairstyles once I have really long hair…

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