The Top 4 Ways To Grow Out Your Hair Naturally

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Article by Victoria Howell.

Winter has a huge influence on our hair, making it incredibly dry, brittle, and very hard to grow your hair. We have you covered with our all-vegan winter haircare tips to ensure your New Year kicks off with a bang, with glossy, long hair in no time!


Tip 1: We Are What We Eat:

If you want to have long and healthy hair, review your diet. Thick, beautiful hair requires foods rich in healthy fats; including avocados, pumpkins, seeds, beans, coconut oil and any other kind of nuts. All these foods contain Vitamins A and C that stimulate the scalp and hair growth. Equally food in high dose of protein protect your hair from breakage and split ends so are also important additions. Alongside these vital healthy vegan foods some companies also provide vegan supplements with particular focus on your hair, nails and skin which can support during the winter months.


Tip 2: Avoid Heated Styling Tools:

You’ve heard it a million times before, but its so true…avoid those curling tongs/hair straighteners when trying to grow your hair! Their temperature can reach over 400 degrees and harms your hair like nothing else. Still want to tame those locks while growing out your hair? Use nourishing mousses, balms and gels in order to make your hair shine. There are such an array of products out there, each meant for a specific hair type and need so choose the one right for your particular hair query, whilst focusing on growth.

If you really cannot live without those straighteners, ensure you minimise the damage with heat-protectant. Although not a miracle worker these sprays can reduce the damage the high temperatures work on your hair.


Tip 3: Help Your Hair:

Regularly apply special masks to your hair in order to moisturize, nourish and hydrate it. You can even create a nourishing, natural hair mask from the things in your fridge! Choose avocado, coconut oil or cucumber to stimulate your scalp and hair follicles. These products will strengthen your roots and ends and can be left for as little as five to ten minutes to have an effect.

It’s official! Long, beautiful hair can be achieved…even in the cold winter months!


Article by Victoria Howell.

Victoria Howell is one of our contributors, based in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from New York University she began pursuing writing full time, with a primary focus on haircare, haircuts and styling. Victoria works at Hair Salon Prestige; a natural hair salon based in Manhattan, New York. 

Victoria Howell is one of our contributors, based in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from New York University she began pursuing writing full time, with a primary focus on haircare, haircuts and styling. Victoria works at Hair Salon Prestige; a natural hair salon based in Manhattan, New York. 

Find out more about Prestige Hair Salon here: http://hairsalonprestige.com/

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Health: How Africans Survived On Traditional Medicine Long Before The White Man’s Medicine

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The magic tree called Neem

In 1832, the Scottish merchant McGregor Laird led an expedition to the Niger Valley and out of 48 people that accompanied on the expedition, 37 lost their lives. These experiences led to the belief that Europeans could not survive in coastal West Africa, which came to be known as ‘The White Man’s Grave.’ Because Europeans noticed that Africans survived much better in the region from these fevers. Despite malaria killing many Africans as well, they acquired resistance to malaria in their childhood, baffling European physicians.

The loss of 37 expeditioners not only revealed that Europeans can’t settle in Africa that time but also demanded how Africans had been able to survive on that harsh continent of deadly malaria? From generation to generation, ancestors pass on their expertise in herbal medicine preparations to families. One of Africa’s powerful concoctions against malaria is prepared from leaves of a neem tree.

The neem tree, biological name (Azadirachta indica) is a unique tree, and the leaves are the most complex leaves on the planet. The neem tree has over 130 different biologically an active compound. The trees grow in tropical and semi-tropical regions.

About the Neem Tree:

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a tree in the mahogany family. Native to India and throughout Southeast Asia, neem trees grows in tropical and semi-tropical regions. The neem tree grows quickly and can reach heights over 100 ft tall. With its surprising variety of uses and benefits, the neem tree is known as the ‘cure of sickness’ in West Africa, because of its extreme bitterness.

The main components of neem leaves include protein (7.1%), carbohydrates (22.9%), minerals, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, and carotene. But the leaves also contain glutamic acid, tyrosine, aspartic acid, alanine, praline, glutamine and cystine-like amino acids, and several fatty acids. Without toothpaste or brush, a piece of chewed neem tree gives a clean teeth brush and fresh mouth each morning. Another life-saving tree is the Kuntan tree (Uapacca Guiniensis.) The cover of the tree was used to treat fractured bones.

Enjoying corn porridge without sugar

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The miracle berry or fruit , known as Asaba in the central region of Ghana, serves sugar because it contains a protein called miraculin that tastes sweet enough to replicate the effect of sugar.

There was no sugar, yet our ancestors enjoyed herbal tea and corn meal porridge. A plant which bears small reddish fruit, called miracle fruit, serves as a substitute for sugar. The fruit contains a protein called miraculin that tastes sweet enough to replicate the effect of sugar. After eating berry fruit, everything sour, such as lemon or vinegar tastes sweet in the mouth.

Africa is endowed with many plants that can be used for medicinal. Some of the herbs heal high blood pressure, skin diseases, sore throat, arthritis, digestive problems etc. Many of the drugs consumed throughout the world for health purposes, were manufactured from herbs taken from Africa and Asia because those herbs grow in tropical countries. For example, African ginger is a very powerful medicine.

Many around the world wonder how Africans live, especially those in the villages without electricity. Frankly speaking, there is everything available to make life easy for them just like those living in modern cities. Before health centers were built our ancestors deliver babies at home successfully and the child’s umbilical cord was treated with herbal medicine.

Food Preservation in Africa

Have you ever wonder how Africans preserved food without electricity? If there is no electricity, there wouldn’t be any fridge or storage facilities but food is best preserved in such a way that it doesn’t get rotten. With smoldering wood, generating intensive heat, which adds a layer of desiccation to preserving qualities, fish, meat and other sea foods are smoked. The heat of the fire dehydrates all the liquid from the fish or meat and makes it last longer without rotten.

Salt and the sun also play a major role in traditional food preservation in Africa. For example, fish are well preserved with salt and Cocoa beans are spread in the sun to dry for many days, before they are exported or used to manufacture cocoa products, such as chocolates, drinks, beverages and body lotions consumed locally.

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Fish smoking is one of the oldest traditional ways of food preservation in Ghana.

The Palm Tree: The Subsistence Of Life In Africa

Below is a link to another article revealing the traditional life in Africa.

https://joelsavage1.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/the-palm-tree-the-subsistence-of-life-in-africa/