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Natural Hair Salon Houston TX: Natural Resources with Tamika Fletcher

I am a strong beliver that once you go natural, your world changes.  Not just because of your hair style – but a new desire to live healthier than you did before.

Co-owner of Natural Resources Salon, and creator of Earth’s Nector – Tamika is no joke!

She knows her stuff.  I’ve tried to watch ALL of Tamika video, and believe me there are many.  The videos alone demonstrate her creativity for natural hair styles, innovation for diy products and the actual knowledge of the science behind product benefits.

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Natural Resources Salon

Name and What do you do at your salon… (owner, stylist, etc)
My Name is Tamika Fletcher and I the co-owner and a stylist at Natural Resources Salon.

What inspired you to do so [co-own Natural Resources Salon]?
When I went natural the DIY approach was close to my only option. I recognized a need for quality natural hair service as well as natural products that were natural and worked without excess chemicals and fillers.  I also recognized the need for general natural hair education. Most cosmetology curriculum begins education with relaxers.  I believe
educating my clients on natural hair feels like an oral history story I’m meant to share from my chair!Natural Resource Salon Houston TX

What makes your Natural Resources Salon stand out from others Salons?
Natural Resources is the only Houston-base natural hair salon that offers safe, locally produced hair extensions called Wildflower hair.

Natural Resources has appeared on every news station in Houston offering expert advice on healthy haircare.

Natural Resources offers in-house hair loss prevention laser treatment.
Natural Resources is the only natural hair salon in Houston that offers 100% organic beauty products, called Earth’s Nectar, created by the owners.

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What came first, creating natural hair products, or your natural hair journey and why?

My natural hair journey was first. I loved experimenting with products but I could never figure out which ones worked best for my hair.  It seemed like after prolonged use of any product my hair rejected it.  Understanding ingredients were the key to unlocking my search for better products. Once I understood which ingredients work best on curly hair  the journey was much easier.

Tamika Fletcher at Natural Resources Salon Earth's Nectar
What is your favorite hair recipe?
I call it Green Eggs and B.A.M Hair smoothie

I pack a small amount of each ingredient below into 1/4 c and blend into a green creamy paste. Apply to wet hair for 15 minutes.  Rinse with lukewarm water. Enjoy nourished shinier curls the natural way!

Banana
Avocado
Molasses
Egg yolks
Yogurt
Mayo
Vitamin e capsule.

What inspired you to create Earth’s Nectar?
The products were inspired by a request or general hair complaint that my clients expressed during appointments or consultation. I wanted products and services that addressed their chief complaints –  dryness, brittle hair, itchy scalp, thinning hair etc. I looked to nature for solutions  to  their problems.  Each year we add products that directly address a need.

Earths nectarWhat projects can we expect from you in the near future?
I also tape a monthly segment on Deals on The Live Well Network! DIY ideas that any one can try from their kitchen for hair and skin care.

We are planning to create more YouTube tutorials in the near future on DIY beauty and style so stay tuned to Natural Resources TV on Youtube.

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Build Your Natural Hair Essential Kit in 10

natural hair essentials must have kit

Here are mine…

  • Shampoo and Conditioner
    For obvious reasons.

  • Micro fiber towel
    After washing your hair – micro fiber verses terry cloth towels prevent snags.  You can find an inexpensive towel in the car supply section, or just use an old t shirt.

  • Butterfly Clamps
    Before styling – use clamps to part in a minimum of four sections

  • Wide Tooth Comb
    Helps rake large sections of kinks

  • Rat Tail Comb
    Use the end for neat parts.  I’ve been known to be resourceful, and even use the end of a pen!

  • Denman Brush
    I was very skeptical about using this plastic brush on my thick kinky hair, but wow – now I can’t live with out it.

  • Oil
    Add a few drops of oil to each section.  My top favorite oils are jojoba, coconut, vitamin E, aragan / Moroccan oil or castor oil.

  • Spray Bottle
    I get the most twist-out definition by competing twists on dry hair with light sprays of water

  • Satin Bonnet
    No style is complete – without preserving it at night with a sexy, well not so sexy cover

What is in your natural hair essential kit?

Taming the Beast – How to be a Natural Hair Ambassador Without Coming Off Like a Jerk

imageBy Terez Howard

So, you’re natural now, and you want every other black girl to be natural like you?

It’s not an uncommon reaction when you discover the wonders of your curls and coils.  Your natural hair can do things that your permed hair could never have done.  The online community of naturals spurs you to take your message of natural hair care to the streets.

But if you aren’t careful, your helpful mission could turn into a beastly re-run, the kind that no one wants to revisit.  If every other word out of your mouth gets glares and constant backlash, you might want to consider refining your approach.

Here’s how you can retain your status as a natural hair ambassador without coming off like a jerk:

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Olive Oil

Written by Laquita

imageOlive oil seals in moisture, conditions, and improves the strength and elasticity of your hair, it also helps with dry, itchy scalp and kills head lice. Olive oil can be applied to dampened ends to seal in moisture as an effective way to prevent split ends. Mix olive oil with your favorite conditioner, and use it as a deep conditioning treatment.

Olive oil is the only vegetable oil that can be consumed as it is – freshly pressed from the fruit. It has a high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidative substances. Olive oil also protects against heart disease by controlling LDL cholesterol levels, while raising HDL cholesterol levels.

Store olive oil in a cool and dark place, tightly sealed, because when exposed to oxygen, light or high temperatures the oil can easily go rancid.

Recipes

Honey & Olive Oil Hair Mask
Mix ½ cup honey and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Work a small amount at a time through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on 30 minutes. Shampoo well and rinse. Remember your final rinse should be done with cool water to close the hair cuticle.

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5 Ways To Nurture Your Inner Product Junkie Without Breaking The Bank

imageBy Terez Howard
Terez Howard, who has been researching natural hair for 5 years, endeavors to help ladies learn more about their precious tresses.  At her blog, she shares her Sisterlocks journey.

Ultimate curl definition. 
The softest, silkiest fro imaginable. 
Guaranteed to stimulate long, healthy hair growth.

When you read advertisements like that followed by realistic testimonials that say, “This really works!”, don’t you feel impelled to give that super product a chance?  We naturals might like to believe that we have the strength to not try every up-and-coming natural hair care product on the market.  Some of us do.

On the other hand, some of us label ourselves product junkies.  As the name suggests, we are addicted to hair care products.  Our hair care arsenal looks like bomb shelter, but instead of canned food and a first aid kit, we have rows and rows of gels, shampoos, conditioners, serums, cleansers, clarifiers, glosses, moisturizers, creams, lotions and detanglers.  How much can one head of hair handle?

Less is more.
The more products we pile on our natural tresses, the greater the need to cleanse our scalps of nasty product build-up.  The first couple days after we load our hair with product might give it the look we desire.  But after those couple days, too much product will start to irritate the scalp and weigh down fragile strands.

Less is more.  The absolute least amount of product that gives the greatest results will help your hair and scalp stay cleaner longer, looking cute in the process.
But what if you haven’t found that miracle product yet, the one that detangles, moisturizes and defines your unique curls?  You don’t have to give up cable because you are a product junkie.  You also don’t have to quit cold turkey from buying natural hair care products.

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