Saturday, September 28, 2013


Herbs that help stimulate hair growth:

Dulse: used to replace salt; high in iodine; minerals and vitamins.
Horsetail: use as a tea or capsule; helps to stop falling hair.
Rosemary: used as a hair rinse and oil for the scalp; strengthens the scalp.

Shampoo: designed to cleanse the hair and scalp but should not be used excessively because it can over shampooing can cause dryness.
Hair Oil: has been used in Ancient Africa for medicinal purposes; supplement hair’s natural moisture when the scalp does not produce a sufficient amount of sebum on the hair shaft. Hair care

Trichology: is the branch of medicine that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp. Forensic trichology can determine the approximate age, body mass, race, and other important traits of the hair's owner. If you are having trouble with severe hair loss, baldness, breakage and a problematic scalp, a Trichologist most likely will be able to help clients by giving them an analysis and assessment of the issues. A digital microscopic instrument is used to examine hair condition.

Tips for Damaged Hair:

Use moisturizing and conditioning treatments that penetrates the core of the hair strand and through the skin without clogging. Products with heavy mineral oil and petroleum can clog up scalp and block moisture from penetrating.

Keep hair supple and moist by using moisturizers and conditioners and hot oil treatments. Moisturizers and conditioners should be applied from the scalp to the end of hair strands. This helps to combat dryness, breakage, brittleness and unruly hair. ( I can hear one of my former instructors saying, "get those ends" or when we did relaxers, she would walk around shampoo area shouting, "Neutralize 2-3 times to close those porous ends to prevent continuous chemical processing-eventually causing further damage to hair" of course after this, you have to condition and restore lost moisture.

Trim of dead/damaged and/or porous ends. When the hair has overly porous and dead ends occur, the hair will begin to become more porous/split from the ends all the way towards the scalp and cause more hair breakage and excessive shedding. Remember that when hair is damaged to the point of being dead, you can't resurrect it. Cutting/trimming off the dead hair is the best solution and focus on nurturing the remaining hair that is undamaged and prevent further damage.

Proper Tools: Do not brush damp hair without using a wide tooth comb/detangling brush to lesson stress and weakness caused by pulling and stretching the hair. Avoid overheated implements (curling irons, blow-dryers & pressing combs). Using tight rubber bands and tight hats that can rub out the edges of the hair and break off hair.

Certain medications have been linked to hair loss. Chemotherapy, other cancer medicines, isotretinoin and other acne medicines can cause hair damage as well as lithium, which is effective as a treatment for bipolar disorder. One should seek the help of a physician to see if medications can be changed.

Over Shampooing is also a factor in some hair breakage issues. Excessive shampooing or the wrong shampoo can rob the hair or its natural moisture (Sebum) from the scalp and hair. With African American hair textures that are more on the kinky side, this type (4a & 4b and even 3a & 3b) of texture generally does not need as much shampooing as other textures that are straight and have more moisture. Use shampoos that have moisturizers in it. Oily hair that has a lot of moisture can use shampoos that are not as oily or moisturizing. This is too avoid heavy and weighted down hair caused by overuse or too much conditioning and moisturizing.
Moisturizers/Oils/Conditioners & Its Properties
Shea Butter- Moisturizing, Healing, Sealant/Coat, good for Eczema & Psoriasis,
Castor Oil-Moisturizing, Humectant, Sealant, Omega 6 fatty acids, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-bacterial, Antiviral, Anti-fungal, Anti-oxidant, Softness, Supple, Conditions, Increase/Stimulates hair growth by blood circulation, Highly-penetrating, 
Coconut Oil-Moisturizing, Healing, Luster, Penetrating, Conditions, 
Avocado Oil -Moisturizing, Softness, Conditions, Strengthening, Sealant, Nutritious, Protein-packed, Anti-oxidant, Emulsifier, Lubricant, 
Olive Oil-Moisture, Conditioning, Healing, Nutritious, Psoriasis, Eczema.
Protein - Conditioning, (Proteins-Keratin/Wheat/Amino Acids are found in many conditioners), Strengthens hair bonds/amino acids in hair, and adds durability/pliability and life to brittle dry hair (especially due to chemicals). 

List of some protein conditioner are (not all natural but effective)
1. Organic Root Stimulator-Hair Mayonnaise or Organic Root Replenishing Pak, 
2. Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream, 
3. apHogee 2 minute Reconstructor (Keratin protein)-especially for naturals-is less harsh than those designed for chemically treated hair, 
4. Dr. Miracles Deep Conditioner, 
5. Home-Made Hair Mayo (Ex: whipped eggs, mayo, olive oil), 
6. K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor, 
7. Motions Oil Moisturizer Silk Protein Conditioner, 
8. Palmer Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack, 
9. Aubrey Organics GPB,
10. Nuance Salma Hayek Wheat Protein Repair & Restore Conditioner (Sulfate free). 
Just to name a few... Caution!!! The overuse of protein conditioners can make the hair hard and stiff. It is not recommended to use often but only when needed and in between other conditioners (moisturizers).
Proper application of Moisture to hair & skin:
  • Heavy oils and some butters can weigh down hair and block pores, and block moisture just as build up and dirt does. Avocado, Olive or Coconut Oil can help carry oils & certain butters through the cuticle (outer layer) to the hair's cortex (inner layer) and help water to retain/attach to inner layer. Many of these oils can be mixed half and half to add to skin or hair.
  • Using the what is now called "L.O.C" or "L.O.L.C.B" (liquid, oil, cream/liquid oil, leave in, cream, butters) a scientific method, seems to work best for many because it has the balance of water, oil and good cream to hydrate, stick/retain and seal all at once. You can create your own LOC solution for example: water, castor or black castor oil, coconut and/or olive oil and my favorite Jojoba oil and Almond oil that I use in most of my product line & the addition of Aloe juice/gel. 
  • This is not a new formula/solution. Growing up, I remember my mom and other women including myself when I was old enough to do my own hair, and now on my clients. We used these methods-only didn't give it a name.You can make your own spritzer or solution by putting it in a bottle with a spray or spout top that you can pick up from your local beauty supply store or pharmacy.
  • It is wonderful how we go back to His Garden (God's natural gifts and benefits He created for us from the beginning) and after we try alternative/substitutes, we find that He already had a plan. Not there is something wrong with all alternative but all are not beneficial and using natural ingredients have proven to improve the alternatives!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


                And......................Hair it is!

Curly, Kinky, Wirey, Coarse, Wavy,Thick, Coily, Super Curly! Are here to stay! Yay!

Well, finally; wearing natural hair is not a fad and it is more socially, emotionally, psychologically and corporately accepted. I see professionals rocking their locks and braids, natural textured hair weaves and wigs, and their own loose kinky or curly hairdos even more today. I'm excited that people are feeling more comfortable with wearing the hair that they were born with and getting away from using the negative term "Bad hair" for coarse/kinky/tightly curly hair.

Unfortunately, we still have those older relatives and friends who are still conditioned (unaware/unconscious) to hate/dislike their own birth-given hair texture and they make negative remarks when you decide to wear your own hair out. This happened to me. I wore my natural hair out and one of my relatives (approximately 10 years older than I) turned up/disfigured his face and asked, "when was I putting my weave back in..." He didn't like "me" as I am... is really what he was indirectly/unaware/ignorantly stating...although he argued against that fact.

Naturally, I defended myself, and revisited our African American history of being taught to hate and deny my African heritage and rather, embrace another culture/race's appearance, and re-educated him on these facts. Consequently, I have received many many compliments from others and have inspired those who are contemplating to go natural. I have also learned to not waste too much time and energy doing this because some just don't want to hear it.
On another note!                 Hair it is!

Hair is large part of many women's adornment/beauty, and protection of her skin. Not this is not to discount the many women who wear bald heads for both beauty, growth issues and medical reasons.

More content coming...

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 I have always wanted to make dolls with various African American/African Textured hair and with various body shapes from Very slim to full-figured. Someone beat me to the punch! But I Ain't mad at them. It is so great to have our daughters see the variety of beauty in different Ethnicities and cultures. So check out this company "Natural Girls United" and their natural hair dolls. Site:

Saturday, September 14, 2013


meet CHERYL of many hats 

Licensed Cosmetologist.
Mother, Author. Clergy,

Natural Hair Care Stylist.
Mental Health Care Professional.                                 
Board Certified Pastoral Counselor. 
Inspirational Life Coach.

CHERYL the cosmetologist

2007-Present (His Garden Naturals’ Salon Services) NY/Abroad 
2003- 2007 (Mr Don’s Salon) Jamaica, NY
1998- 2002 (Y.O.U Salon) Jamaica, NY
1998-1999 (Mulcare Beauty Studio & Spa) Saint Albans, NY
1995-1997 (Hair Exclusives) Jamaica, NY
1992-1995 (Kuumba Nia) Laurelton, NY
1989-1992 (By anointed Hands Salon Services) Brooklyn/Queens, NY
Education:1997—1998 (LIBS-Learning Institute of Beauty in Sciences) Hempstead, N.Y. License/Certificate: Cosmetology

my Social Scene: 

CHeryl the stylist, formulator & blogger

Nurtured Naturally Blog is owned/edited by Cheryl as an extension "His Garden Naturals." Here, Cheryl provides info about living a nurturing lifestyles regarding natural hair care, and nurturing the body, spirit, home, relationships, family, and work, Also offering discounts, DIY videos/topics, discussion forums and more.

His Garden Naturals' Handcrafted Products:
"His Garden Naturals" Body & Hair Care is Owned & formulated By Cheryl. Cheryl is dedicated and committed to glorifying God in all that she does by serving others in various ways. 
Story Behind Brand:
The Establishment 
"In August 2011, I decided to work on my long-time dream and passion of creating my own line of natural spa and hair products made from certified organic and natural ingredients. I remember recording my first attempt in a journal I purchased to use strictly for His Garden Naturals. Well, my first attempt at making my first batch of body butters was so successful that I asked my salon clients, family and friends to test the product for themselves for a small nominal fee that would be an investment to help me purchase more ingredients and equipment needed that would allow me to make variety of products. The following month, my brother Craig loved the product and philosophy, and immediately invested his time and money into His Garden Naturals by designing the company's logo and helped purchase more quality equipment and implements needed for me to formulate.

  I had begun to sell my first set of body butters and lip balms at community craft and holiday boutiques, a women’s church function, and a salon. I approached the owner of "Vital Health Foods" store to inform him of what I was doing because I had inquired about how and where to order the best ingredients (essential oils, base and natural preservatives to be accurate) about 10 years prior, and he remembered. He quickly advised me and gave me some direction as of where to begin and he also invested in His Garden Naturals by becoming one of my suppliers and investor as well. I brought in some samples of my products and he began to use them on himself and was delighted to sell some of my products in his store. Now I'm continuing to shop my line of products to spas, salons, health food stores, on my website, mail order, local businesses, craft-fairs and other local businesses.

She originally named the product line "God's Garden" but later settled on 'His Garden Naturals' She believes in using her gifts and talent to bless others. Cheryl wanted to make a product that acknowledges the creator (God) as He is the one who has given humanity all things to richly enjoy-Bible (1 Timothy 6:16-18), especially in a society that is constantly denying God's presence, providence and will.

CHERYL THE preacher