Thursday, October 4, 2018

My Short Blonde Hair Routine and Slideshow

Hey guys!

In this video, I talk about how I take care of my short color treated  hair and the products I use to keep my hair on my head.

Friday, September 14, 2018

5 Natural Hair Myths!

                                                          5 Natural Hair Myths

Hey guys!!!!!
I know that it has been a really long time since my last blog post. Now that we are approaching the fall season, I wanted to talk about some topics that will really help you avoid damaging your hair without even realizing it.
There are a lot natural hair tips that are spreading like wildfire online.  Many instructional videos and articles may have good intentions but can really be misleading. Some online tips can actually cause a person to damage their hair in the long run.
Here are the top 5 natural hair myths that have been circulating online.

1.      You cannot possibly moisturize your hair too much because natural hair needs all of the moisture that it can get... right?
WRONG. Your natural hair does need extra moisture but it is definitely possible to over-moisturize your hair. If you constantly add moisture without balancing your moisture levels with protein, your hair will eventually get too soft. It will feel like soft cotton when wet. When the hair is in this state, it will eventually break off because it is holding too much moisture.
To add the proper amount of moisture, start by moisturizing once a day and then increase to 2 times a day if necessary. If your hair feels too moisturized, decrease to every other day.

Product recommendation: 

                                     HydrathermaNaturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion

2.      You don’t have to comb your hair. Detangling your hair is enough. This will prevent breakage from occurring.
FALSE.  I have seen many YouTube videos instructing people to detangle their natural hair in the shower and to only finger comb to avoid breakage. This is far from the truth. I do believe in detangling natural hair in the shower while saturated with deep conditioner. I also believe that a person should actually comb their hair (with a very large tooth comb) to remove the hair that has shed. If you don’t remove the shed hair, it will cause major tangles and breakage in the long run. Hair tends to shed between 70-100 strands a day and this shed hair needs to be removed to avoid major issues later.

3.      You don’t need protein ever. Why would I? I’m natural.
FALSE. I probably see this one the most. Just remember that your hair is made of protein and over time as the hair strand gets older, it becomes more porous along the hair ends. Porous hair tends to break because it is weaker. This is one of the reasons why older hair breaks on the end. Protein is needed to fill in the porous gaps and strengthen the hair.

Product recommendation- 

                           Hydratherma Naturals Protein Balance Leave In Conditioner 

4.      You must stay away from shampoo and cowash only so that your hair will not dry out.
FALSE. While I definitely believe in cowashing, I believe that it should only be done in between shampoo sessions. Conditioners will not adequately clean the hair.   With a buildup of conditioner on the hair, it will prevent moisture from entering the strand. The buildup must be removed so that moisture can adequately enter each hair strand when you moisturize.
  .     You can color your hair without damage.
FALSE.  Since your hair is 100% natural is can withstand more abuse however, coloring your natural can still cause damage if done incorrectly. Coloring the hair (or any chemical process) will increase porosity along the hair strand leading to breakage. Be sure to take extra care of your hair if it is colored and be sure to increase the use of protein in your regimen to prevent breakage.

 *Hope these hair tips will help you to avoid damage to your natural hair in the future!

Get more healthy hair tips in my latest book "300 Healthy Hair Tips for all Hair Types"Available at, Amazon and Kindle!

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch ya at the next blog posts!
Saleemah Cartwright
Hydratherma Naturals – CEO
All products are available at
Be sure to use the coupon code HYDRALOVE at checkout for additional savings!
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#hairgrowth #hairbreakage #stopbreakage

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hair Growth and Nutrition. 8 Healthy Tips to Get Your Hair Growing!

Hair Growth and Nutrition. 8 Healthy Tips to Get Your Hair Growing!

Healthy hair starts from within. To ensure that your hair grows healthy and strong, you definitely need to feed your body healthy vitamins and nutrients.  Here are some nutritional tips that will encourage healthy hair growth.

1.      Hair Vitamin Supplementation. It is always better to receive your vitamins and nutrients from healthy food sources. With the typical diet, many desirable nutrients may still be missing. If you feel as though your diet may be lacking in some nutrients, I suggest that you supplement your diet with a high quality hair vitamin that supports healthy hair growth. By doing this, you will be able to provide your body with all of the nutrients that it needs for healthy hair and general health.
Product recommendation- Hydratherma Naturals Hair Growth Plus Vitamin with Biotin, MSM, Silica, Keratin, Hyalauronic acid, collagen and many other herbs extracts and vitamins to support healthy hair, skin and nails.

2.      Give MSM a try. While taking supplements, be sure that your hair growth supplement contains MSM. MSM is an organosulfur compound that occurs naturally in plants.  MSM is believed to extend the growth phase of the hair growth cycle. This can possibly speed up your hair growth process. If you are allergic to sulfur be sure to consult your health care professional before taking MSM or any supplement containing it.

3.      Water Water Water! As I mentioned in a previous tip, water is the ultimate form of moisture in our bodies so it is extremely important that we drink plenty of it. At least 8 glasses a day will properly keep you hydrated. Fruit juices and sodas are not the best options to hydrate the body because they are loaded with sugar which can cause inflammation. Inflammation can actually impede healthy hair growth.  If you are not a water drinker, try infusing it with fruit. Adding lemons, strawberries and even cucumbers to your water will add vitamins and enhance the flavor as well.

4.      Eat a protein rich diet. Hair consists of keratin which is a protein made of amino acids. Your body must produce or ingest these amino acids in order to grow healthy hair. Diets that are extremely low in amino acid proteins will result in hair that is weak and fragile. High protein sources include eggs, dairy and meat. You can also get your protein from non-animal sources. See next tip.

5.      Vegetarianism and protein intake. If you love eating plant based, you can still ingest healthy levels of protein. You can incorporate protein shakes or protein bars into your diet to boost your protein levels.  Healthy proteins are also available in many veggies including broccoli as well as legumes and brown rice. With a little research and meal planning, ingesting adequate amounts of plant based protein is not necessarily a difficult job.

6.      A lack of protein can be problematic when it comes to healthy hair growth. If you are not getting enough protein in your diet, hair growth will be stunted because your body will naturally ration the protein and use it for other (more important) life sustaining metabolic activities. Your body will try to hold on to the protein and the hair will be the last recipient of the distributed protein.  Hair loss may begin to occur within two to three months after your protein intake has dropped significantly. 

7.      Vitamins B7, C and E Rock! Eat a diet high in vitamin B7 (encourages growth and helps to reduce hair loss), Vitamin C (helps to grow and strengthen hair) & Vitamin E (encourages sebum production for a healthy scalp). Stock up on your fruits, veggies, nuts and healthy meats (or other high protein sources) to get these vitamins naturally.  If you decide to use supplements, just be sure that you are not taking more than the recommended daily allowance.

8.      Vitamin A is great for your hair but too much vitamin A may be problematic. When taking supplements, remember that more doesn’t always mean better. This is especially true for the fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and K. Fat soluble vitamins are stored in the body for longer periods of time and can pose a greater risk for toxicity when consumed in excess. Taking too much Vitamin A may contribute to hair loss according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Vitamin A is fat soluble and your body will store any excess that you take in. This can result in toxicity resulting in hair loss. Make sure that you are not taking more than the recommended daily allowance.  The Daily Value for vitamin A is 5,000 International Units (IU) per day for adults.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch ya at the next blog posts!
Saleemah Cartwright
Hydratherma Naturals – CEO
All products are available at
Be sure to use the coupon code HYDRALOVE at checkout for additional savings!
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#hairgrowth #hairbreakage #stopbreakage

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hydratherma Naturals : Why Isn't Your Hair Growing? 7 tips to get on the ...

Hydratherma Naturals : Why Isn't Your Hair Growing? 7 tips to get on the ...:      Why Isn't Your Growing?       7 tips to get on the right track! A.P.I E. of Hair Care.        In nursing school, I learned ...

Why Isn't Your Hair Growing? 7 tips to get on the right track!

     Why Isn't Your Growing? 
     7 tips to get on the right track!

A.P.I E. of Hair Care. 
      In nursing school, I learned the acronym A.P.I.E to problem solve. The same acronym can be used to solve hair issues.A- ASSESSMENT, P-PLANNING, I-IMPLEMENTATION and E-EVALUATION. This process is used in the health care field when dealing with health issues but it can also be utilized to solve hair issues.
Assessment: First you have to know what your specific hair issue is. Is your hair too dry, too soft, breaking or experiencing slow growth? The first step is identifying what the problem is.
Planning: Educate yourself on what the issues are and how to solve those issues. Develop a plan to get your hair healthy again. Your strategy may consist of things like deep conditioning your hair weekly, moisturizing twice a day, protective styling and /or trimming as needed. It is important to write down your plan so that you will easily be able to recall what you are going to implement.
Implementation: Work your plan. This can be the hard part so it is very important to stay consistent and dedicated. Some people may be super enthusiastic in the beginning but as time goes by, the enthusiasm may diminish. Because it this, I recommend that you take hair pictures monthly. This way you will be able to see your progress. Pictures don’t lie.  This will keep your motivation going and inspire you to keep moving forward.
Evaluation: This should be done after roughly 2-3 months. This is the time that you evaluate your plan.  Is your plan working? Is your hair progressing as expected? Does you plan need to be slightly changed? This is the moment when you decide if you are on the right road or if you need to revise your plan.  If revision is necessary, it’s all good! Just move forward with a slightly different plan.
Check out these 7 tips!


      Did you know that you can ‘over moisturize’ your hair? Many people don’t know this fact. Over moisturized hair can lead to breakage. Be sure that your hair is properly balanced with moisture and protein. This will greatly reduce breakage. Read on……..
            1. Retention is the goal.  If your goal is to retain length, realize that unbalanced hair riddled with split ends will break just as fast as it grows. This is the reason many people will say “My hair will not grow”. This is so far from the truth. Hair will continuously grow from the scalp daily but if the hair is breaking at the same rate that it is growing, the hair will appear not to have grown at all. In actuality, length is not being retained.  There is a continuous cycle of growth and breakage that is occurring. This cycle will never end unless you become aware and stop the breakage. The goal is to let those inches add up by keeping the hair balanced with moisture and protein. Healthy ends will not break.
       2. This is MAJOR! Maintain a great moisture and protein balance in the hair to prevent breakage. As mentioned previously, too much moisture will cause the hair to be very soft and will cause breakage. Using too much protein in your regimen will cause the hair to become very hard and brittle. This will also lead to breakage. Keeping a balance is very important to prevent breakage and promote length retention.
       3. How do you know which one your hair needs? I get a lot of questions about how to get started with maintaining a great moisture /protein balance. How do you know which one your hair needs? After washing and deep conditioning your hair, look at a shed hair strand. Lightly pull the strand of hair. If your hair is spongy or gummy when it is wet, more protein is needed. If (when wet) it breaks right away when you pull (without elasticity) you need more moisture.  If your hair is deficient of protein, I would suggest that you start your regimen with a protein treatment for the first couple of weeks. If your hair is moisture deficient, start with a moisturizing deep treatment. Just listen to your hair and it will tell you what it needs.
Product Recommendations- The Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment and/ or Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment will help get your hair into balance. Maintaining a nice moisture / protein balance is the key.

Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment
Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment

      4. Retaining length by balancing the hair throughout the week. Weekly balancing of moisture and protein levels may not be enough for most. If your goal is to have longer and thicker hair, be sure that you take care of your hair ends everyday by keeping them balanced with moisture and protein daily. If your hair growth is ½ inch per month and your hair breaks at the same rate, the length and thickness of your hair will remain the same. If you stop the breakage at the ends, length will be retained. You can do this by giving your hair a boost of moisture and light protein daily to keep it balanced.  Be sure that the protein that you add daily is very light so that protein overload will not occur.
Product recommendation for daily use- Hydratherma Naturals Protein Balance Leave In (adds light proteins to strengthen) and the Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion (adds moisture and encourages growth). Daily use of our Protein Balance Leave In Conditioner and our Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion along with sealing in moisture with our Hair Growth Oil will help you to maintain a nourishing balance during the week.

Hydratherma Naturals Protein Balance Leave In Conditioner

Hydratherma Naturals Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion

Hydratherma Naturals Hair Growth Oil

      5. Elasticity. What is it all about? A great measure of healthy hair is normal elasticity. Hair elasticity measures how much the hair will stretch and return to a normal state. Hair in great shape will stretch 20%- 50% of its original length. It will then return to its normal shape. This occurs without breaking. If breakage occurs, the elasticity is low. Balancing the moisture and protein levels will help you to maintain healthy elasticity.

      6.  Porous hair. What exactly is it?  Typically, overly porous hair is caused by chemical treatments, heat damage and over manipulation of the hair. Porosity varies from person to person.  It is the ability of moisture to enter and exit the hair.  Porous hair soaks up moisture quickly but loses it quickly as well. Overly porous hair can be more prone to breakage because of the spongy gaps along the hair strand. Those with porous hair tend to need a bit more protein in their hair regimen to fill in the porous gaps and strengthen the hair.  After the porous gaps are filled moisture will better be retained as well.
      7. Maintain normal porosity. A porous hair strand has a raised cuticle layer with gaps along the hair strand. Porous hair absorbs too much moisture which sounds great right? The problem is that the strand also leaks out moisture.  This prevents moisture retention. Overly porous hair tends to be chemically treated, damaged in some way, dull and dry looking. One way to normalize porosity is to stop the practice that is causing the damage and slightly increase the use of protein in your hair care regimen as noted in previous tip.
       I hope that this blog post was helpful to you guys!
Thanks for reading and I’ll catch ya at the next blog posts!
Saleemah Cartwright
Hydratherma Naturals – CEO
All products are available at www.HydrathermaNaturals.comBe sure to use the coupon code HYDRALOVE at checkout for additional savings!
Social Media links
#hydrathermanaturals #hydratherma #healthyhair #naturalhair #heatdamage

#hairgrowth #hairbreakage #stopbreakage

Friday, January 19, 2018



Hey guys! In this blog post I will discuss exercise, natural hair and hair growth.
Exercise is very important when it comes to promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. Many people overlook the correlation between exercise and healthy hair growth. I will discuss how important this correlation really is.  I will also discuss how to manage our hair while exercising so that we won’t let our hairstyles prevent us from being active and healthy.

Exercise and hair growth. Are you hitting the gym to lose weight or just to get a lot healthier? This is awesome but did you know that exercise may increase hair growth rates? Many people who exercise on a regular basis may experience faster hair growth which is an amazing benefit.  This happens because exercising increases blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles. The added blood flow provides much needed nutrients and oxygen to the hair root causing faster hair growth.

      1. Hairstyles and Exercising.  So you go to the hair salon and get that super cute silk press and Lord knows that you don’t wanna sweat it out! You decide to take a few weeks off from your workouts so that you can be sure to get your money’s worth. Decisions …Decisions!!! If you are sincerely dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, you can definitely look cute and wear hairstyles conducive to that healthy lifestyle.  We shouldn’t let our hair prevent us from exercising and being in optimal health. There are many hairstyles that we can wear while keeping up with our fitness goals. Buns, braids, two strand twists and a wide array of protective styles can be worn while exercising.  We can definitely get our workout in and still look super cute.  Sooooo…….what do you do with that super cute silk press? Try putting your hair in a tight bun with a cute headband. Wait until your hair totally dries to remove the bun and try pin curling it that night for heatless bouncy curls the next day. This really works J.
      2. Sweaty hair issues! If you are working out regularly and sweat profusely, you may need to cleanse your hair in between workouts. If this is the case for you, try co-washing during the week as needed. As mentioned previously, co-washing is rinsing your hair with water and conditioner. If you shampoo and deep condition weekly and you are working out daily, you may want to co-wash your hair 1-2 times during the week to rinse out the sweat, salt and any buildup that may be present. This will keep your hair and scalp very healthy. It is totally not necessary to shampoo after each and every workout. This will cause dryness which is what you definitely want to avoid. Try conditioner washing with the Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boosting Deep Conditioning Treatment or the Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment. Just wet your hair and apply the deep treatments. Let it sit on your hair for up to 15 min and rinse.

      3. Try oil rinses. This is another option for those who exercise daily. The method is super easy.  After your sweaty workout, just wet your hair to rinse out the salt and sweat.  Then apply a small amount of oil to your hair and scalp. Massage and rinse. Your hair will be very soft and well lubricated.  This is one of my favorite ways to refresh my hair after a workout.  If you decide to do this method in the shower, be careful not to fall. The oil will make the shower floor super slippery J
         4.  Swimming and hair damage.  If possible, it is best to seek out a salt water pool because it is chlorine free which is healthier for your hair and body. If this is not an option, be sure to protect your hair while swimming in a chlorinated pool.  Chlorine can be very damaging to the hair and can cause breakage and severe damage.  If you protect your hair, you can easily avoid the damage and breakage that chlorine can bring. A great way to protect the hair while swimming is to wet your hair first and then apply oil to the hair before placing on the swim cap. Just think of the hair as being a sponge. If you place a dry sponge in the pool, it will absorb a lot of chlorine. If the sponge is already wet before placing it in the pool, it will absorb very little chlorine.  Wetting your hair is like placing a wet sponge in the pool. Minimal chlorine will be absorbed and applying oil will further protect the strands. I swim almost weekly and this is the method that I personally use to prevent damage. This method works like a charm and I have not experienced any breakage.                                        
      Product recommendation – Hydratherma Naturals Hair Growth Oil with Emu

Proper cleansing after swimming. After swimming, be sure to cleanse your hair appropriately to be sure that the chlorine is removed. This is extremely important because you do not want for the chlorine to be left in your hair. This will definitely cause breakage. If you wet your hair and apply oil to your hair before swimming, chlorine absorption should be minimal. The small amount of chlorine left should be easily removed.
Product recommendation: Hydratherma Naturals Amino Clarifying Shampoo

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch ya at the next blog posts!
Saleemah Cartwright
Hydratherma Naturals – CEO
All products are available at
Be sure to use the coupon code HYDRALOVE at checkout for additional savings!
Social Media links
#hydrathermanaturals #hydratherma #healthyhair #naturalhair #exercise

#hairgrowth #hairbreakage #stopbreakage

Monday, January 8, 2018

My 2 year loc journey

Hey guys!
It has been 2 years since I have started my loc journey! I
always say…I’m growing my locs and my locs are growing me. Thanks so much for
sharing my journey with me!
Hydratherma Naturals Loc Packages are NOW available
Use coupon code LOCLOVE at checkout for 20% OFF the Loc  Package!

Watch my 1 year loc journey-
Watch my detailed 7 month loc journey here -

Method that  used to
start my locs-

How to get rid of loc frizz without cutting your hair

I have experienced no product buildup because Hydratherma
Naturals products are water soluble / water based.

Hydratherma Natural Products used on a regular basis:

-Moisture Boosting Shampoo every 7-14 days
-Deep condition as needed with the Hydratherma Naturals
Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment or the Moisture Boosting Deep
Conditioning Treatment
-Daily Moisturizing Growth Lotion on wash day only
-Hair Growth Oil- Daily and as needed
-Follicle Mist- Every few days to add moisture and to
strengthen my roots
-Foaming Sea Silk Curly Styler or the Botanical Defining Gel
for retwist
-Herbal Gloss Heat Protector- For added shine

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