There are people who believe that African hair cannot grow without plaiting it, and that there is nothing to use in other to keep it beautiful, soft and easy to comb. Therefore, one must cut it.
But I disagree. I believe that God who created the African woman, gave her beautiful hair that serves both for her natural covering and adornment and He has also provided what the African woman can use to take real good care of her hair. There is nothing impossible before God. When we believe it is impossible for our hair to grow, we limit ourselves. But if we humble ourselves and ask God for wisdom, he will help us discover things we do not know.
I have been praying and searching for natural oils which can help take good care of my hair, and the Lord has revealed this to me, and I can humbly say that God has provided everything we need.
God has created us all different in everything, even when it comes to our hair, God gave us different kind of hair. Some has it soft, some has it hard and struggle to comb. Some has is long and easy to comb. But as of breaking, all hair breaks, depending on the weather and what you apply. Some put strong harmful chemicals which makes their hair to break even more and damage the scalp of the hair. But if you apply healthful oils which are natural and has no chemicals, your hair will grow healthier and beautiful. The bible says that the glory of a woman is her hair, and God has given it to her as a natural cover.
After many years of researches and experiments I did on how to keep hair natural, I came to realize that God has provided natural oils for our hair in every country.
To have your hair soft and easy to comb, that is a wish and desire of every Christian woman. And to make your life easy I have come up with different natural oils. After I used these oils and experienced their wonderfulness myself, on my hair and my daughter’s hair, I praised God in my heart to say God you really did provide for us what we needed.
The word of God in 1 Peter 3:3 and 1 Timothy 2:9 forbid us to plait our hair. Some believe that African hair can only be maintained and grow by plaiting but this is not true. Plaiting hair actually increases the risk of boldness and loss of hair. There are also other who go to the other extreme of cutting their hair and cover it. But short or cut hair is man’s hairstyle. It is the same as wearing trousers which is an abomination before God. (1 Corinthians 11:14-15, Deuteronomy 22:5.)
There are also other who put artificially hair in order to keep their hair. But this together with covering of the hair causes the hair to fall and enhance the animal passions as stated in the Spirit of Prophecy in the following quote: “The artificial hair and pads covering the base of the brain heat and excite the spinal nerves centering in the brain. The head should ever be kept cool. The heat caused by these artificial coverings induces the blood to the brain. The action of the blood upon the lower or animal organs of the brain, causes unnatural activity, tends to recklessness in morals, and the mind and heart are in danger of being corrupted.” – The Health Reformer, October 1, 1871. – Healthful Living, p. 185.1
My dear sisters, today I have good news for you. You can let your hair grow as long as possible and take good care of it without going to any extremes. God has provided a solution for your hair. He made you beautiful. He gave you beautiful hair and provided all you need to take good care of it. Because He is a lover of natural beauty.
This homemade hair food is easy and simple. All oils used are good for hair and body, and they are healthy. People spend lots of money to buy hair food, which doesn’t give satisfying results. But I found this way simple, easy, healthy and cheap for me. I have shared this recipe with many different people and they have all come back with positive results. I hope it will be of good help to you too. Don’t expect the results too soon, ask God to help you and take one day at the time.
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THESE OILS
COCONUT OIL makes hair soft and easy to comb. It acts like a natural relaxer.
CASTOR OIL also makes the hair soft, thick, shiny and easy to comb. It is also good for the skin and for health, it works as a colon cleanser (when swallowed).
SHEA BUTTER does the same work as coconut oil, it does magic on the hair. Once you apply it on your hair it makes your hair so soft, shiny and easy to comb. (I guess this is what all ladies out there want)
Shea butter is good to use as lips balm, it last long and keep your lips moisturized. It has vitamin A and E. It nourishes the skin and makes it tender. Shea butter is good for babies too, for skin and hair and it’s non-toxic. Good to apply on stretch marks. It gives relieve to nasal congestion, also relieve sinus congestion. It removes the dandruff. My husband used to have trouble with dandruff, until we find out about shea butter. And when he applied on his hair, the dandruff disappeared up to date he has no trouble. It is best to choose the natural product over the refined ones although it may not look very appealing and may have some tiny bits of the seeds. But it is as natural as you can get. If the characteristic smell doesn’t appeal to you, bleached and de-scented butter may serve your cosmetic purposes. But such chemically extracted and refined products may not offer all of the health benefits Shea butter is known for.
OLIVE OIL is very good for hair. In cooking it is one of the best. When my kids were babies, I always use olive oil for their skin. When my daughter was born, she had such nice and beautiful hair, her father advised me to be massaging her hair with olive oil. And that is what I did until I find out about coconut oil, castor oil and shea butter. Up to now she still has beautiful hair. And I never cut her hair since she was born.
The best things about this recipe is that you can apply it on your hair, prepare it the way you want and go out wherever and whenever you want to go. You can also apply on your skin.
Here is some other option of natural oils. In case you don’t have what, I have used: rosemary oil, garlic oil, neem oil, avocado oil. If you at least have 3 of these oils, it is ok. If also you don’t have shea butter it is ok, just use what you have.
Sometimes I add neem powder or rosemary powder to the hair food mixture. But this time I did not have it with me. (just 1 tsp or ½ tsp, depending on how much your mixture is)
30 ml of olive oil
30 ml of unrefined coconut oil.
30 of castor oil
200 grams of unrefined raw Shea butter
Melt the Shea butter by putting it in a small glass bowl then place the bowl in a pot of hot water.
Leave it until shea butter is melted (don not allow to cook or be too hot as this will destroy the necessary vitamins that will nourish your hair). Once shea butter has melted add other oils, mix well and pour immediately on a container. Place it in the fridge until thickens. Then take it out and store it in a cool place. Use as your everyday hair food.
In case you cannot find Shea butter where you are, you can mix equal part of olive oil, castor oil and coconut oil (or one of the options I gave above). These oils can be found anywhere in the world and they can be applied on the hair with good result too.
Note: You can use the same as ointment for your skin and as a lip-balm for your lips.
You can also download it from here: MY HOMEMADE HAIR FOOD
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