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Tips To Help You Grow and Maintain Your Locs

So you finally made it to the stage where your locs have dropped and you’re gaining more length. Continuing to maintain and care for your locs is crucial for keeping them healthy and retaining length. Below are my top tips for maintaining and taking care of your locs.

Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

It’s inevitable, you are bound to get lint in your locs. Every few months try doing an apple cider vinegar and baking soda soak. You can find out more about it here.

Aloe Vera Gel

Consider using aloe vera gel when retwisting your locs. Unlike regular gels, aloe vera gel is 100% natural. This means that your locs won’t have as much product build-up. 

Dr. Bronner’s Shampoo

At least every 3 weeks, I wash my locs. Over the years, I have tried a ton of shampoo brands. But the one brand that has given me the squeakiest clean has been Dr. Bronners. Dr. Bronners comes in a variety of scents and sizes. I prefer the tea tree oil or the peppermint scented ones. Best of all Dr. Bronners is 100% natural.

Fewer Products The Better 

The fewer products are better. I try not to use a ton of products in my locs because it’s very easy to get product build-up and lint in your locs. Product build-up can lead to damaged locs. Plus it allows me to save both time and money. Find your staple products and stick to them. 

Beware of hair ties and Scrunchies

As my locs grew longer, I used to keep my locs up in a bun all of the time to keep them out of my face. Little did I know that I was damaging my locs. The parts of locs that were in direct contact with my hair ties were starting to thin out. Limit your usage of hair ties and scrunchies and instead use scarves or loc socks that come in many different colors and are less damaging to your locs.

Try Wrap A Loc Instead

At the beginning of my loc journey, I would use pipe cleaners to get those nice, bouncy curls. However, the pipe cleaners would snag my hair. Then I stumbled upon a product that changed the game, wrap a loc. Although they are a little pricey, they are worth the investment. No longer does my hair get snagged. They are easier to use than pipe cleaners. They last a long time and are easy to store. Can you tell me I stand by these?

Moisturize, moisturize,  moisturize 

This was a challenge for me because I couldn’t use the same products as when I had loose natural hair. I also didn’t want to build up products into my locs. Now, I moisturize every other day using water and coconut oil or sweet almond oil. In fact besides my shampoo, and aloe vera gel, I only use light oils on my locs. Find oils that are lightweight.

Leave Them Alone

Seriously, leave you’re locs alone. Locs grow best when you’re not touching them all the time which can be very tempting, especially in the beginning. That also means not retwisting your locs every 2-3 weeks. Retwisting too often can lead to breakage. I retwist only four times a year. Now you don’t have to be as extreme as me but retwisting less really does allow you to retain more length.

Those are my top tips for maintaining and retaining length when it comes to locks. What are some of your tips? Let us know in the comments section below!

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DIY Pumpkin Hair Mask

Tis the season! Pumpkin is literally everywhere right now. From pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin teas, pies, and patches, we can never escape hearing or seeing the word pumpkin in the fall! In addition to the flavor, pumpkin is packed with vitamins and nutrients that work great for the hair as well as skin. The vitamins and nutrients found in pumpkin work well to prevent and stop excessive hair loss, boost hair’s moisture levels and promote hair growth. While we’ve been enjoying the season of pumpkin, we decided to share this unbelievable pumpkin hair mask that works great at restoring moisture to dry, lackluster hair. If you’ve been searching for the perfect pumpkin themed hair remedy, keep reading to find out how you can make this DIY Pumpkin hair mask, to give your hair the extra boost of moisture it’s been craving this season.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree 
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil 
How to apply
  1. Shampoo and condition hair with your favorite shampoo/conditioner combo
  2. Detangle hair
  3. Mix ingredients together until well combined 
  4. Apply the mixture from roots to ends of your hair
  5. Cover hair with a shower cap/plastic bag for 15-30 minutes
  6. Rinse well with cool water
  7. Style hair

Will you be trying this moisturizing pumpkin hair mask?

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12 Must-Have Products For Type 4 Natural Hair

With hundreds of natural hair products on the market, it can be difficult to find what works best for your type 4 hair. Fortunately for you, we’ve done all the hard work and narrowed down 12 products perfect for your hair type. Get ready to add a couple of new products to your stash! 

Shampoo

Soultanicals’ Shea Yurvedic Butta Shampoo / $16.00

A shampoo that cleanses, moisturizes, and detangles? Yes, ma’am! This shampoo by Soultanicals cleanses without stripping your hair and makes detangling a breeze.

Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo / $11.00

Another sulfate free detangling shampoo is Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo. Like the name says, this shampoo provides the right amount of slip for those pesky tangles! 

OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Shampoo / $5.79

If you’re looking for a sulfate-free shampoo for natural hair that doesn’t break the bank, this one’s it. Its creamy formula cleanses your hair of product build up without leaving your hair dry and brittle.

Deep Conditioner

TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask / $16.99

TGIN’s Honey Miracle Mask is a Godsend! Containing raw honey to hydrate your strands and jojoba oil to seal in moisture, this deep conditioner should be your wash day staple.

Soultanicals Hibiscus Hair Healer / $16.00

Another gem from Soultanicals is their Hibiscus Hair Healer Healthy Scalp Therapy Mask. Containing Amla, Magenisum, and Morrocan Clay this masque detoxifies while it nourishes. 

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intenstive Hydration Hair Masque / $9.49

Another honey infused masque that provides ample hydration is this one by Shea Moisture. For best results, use with indirect heat for an even deeper conditioning treatment. 

Leave-In/Detangler

Soultanical’s Knot Sauce Coil Detangler / $16.00

Isn’t our love for Soultanicals obvious? Made with marshmallow root, nettle, and slippery elm, this detangler has some serious slip. Don’t take from us, try it yourself–you’ll fall in love too! 

Kinky Curly Knot Today / $11.89

If you’ve been natural for a while, you probably have this in your hair care arsenal. The Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner and detangler is a natural hair staple and for good reason. It provides amazing slip and moisturizes your coils.

Mielle Organics Pomergranate and Honey Leave-In / $12.99

No list of the best natural hair products is complete without mentioning Mielle Organics. Not only does this leave-in smell delicious but it leaves your hair super soft.

Stylers/Gels

Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curly Magic Curl Stimulator / $15.99

Achieve the wash-n-go of your dreams with Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curl Stimulator. While the price may be a little steep for a styler, it is well worth it–your bouncy coils will thank you.

Kinky Curly Curling Custard / $18.49

What we love most about Kinky Curly Curling Custard is the hold. It gently holds curls without making them stiff. Sounds like the perfect gel, right?

Camille Rose Curl Maker / $22.00

With a super sweet blend of marshmallow and agave leaf extract, this styling gel shapes and holds your coils. 

Are there any other products that belong on this list, naturalistas? Let us know in the comments.

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22 Creative Ways To Wear A French Manicure

A French manicure in 2019? Yes, ma’am.The early 2000’s aesthetic is having a major moment and the French manicure is making a comeback. If you want to rock this nail trend with a modern twist, check out some of these super cute French manicure ideas.

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Which French Manicure are you feeling? let us know in the comments!

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5 Natural Hairstyles Perfect For Summer

As a long time naturalista I am constantly trying new hairstyles and seeing what does and doesn’t work for my hair. With summer right around the corner it is imperative to have a good natural hair routine as well as go-to style so hair is the last thing you have to worry about. Here are natural hairstyles perfect for summer!

  1. The Wash-n-go
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I’ll start by saying the wash-n-go is not for everybody, at least it’s not truly a wash-n-go for everyone. My hair is fairly simple I can wash and detangle it in 10 minutes in the shower, add my products and do my little routine fairly quickly. My sister has a tighter hair texture so wash-n-go’s take much more time to achieve and aren’t as easy. If your hair is pretty simple to work with a wash-n-go may be ideal for you for the summer months as it doesn’t require much maintenance and is perfect for the water.

2. Box braids                                                

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Who doesn’t love box braids for the summer? Box braids are versatile, always in style and can last up to two months when care for properly. You can literally rock box braids the entire summer and look cute the whole time! Investing in box braids will save you money on hair products and salon visits during the summer and even more if you can do them yourself.

3. Buns

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A good bun is a timeless and pretty effortless hairstyle. Buns can be worn at upscale events, to day parties, turn ups, the beach, you name it. Buns are a great way to keep your hair simple yet cute all summer long and you don’t have to worry about your hair touching your back or rubbing against your clothes as you hop from summer festival to last minute summer vacation flights.

4. Twisted style

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As much as I love wash-n-go’s it’s fun to play around with quick and easy hairstyles. I love how this hairstyle is simple and easy to do but also adds a cute twist to the average wash-n-go. 

5. Fro Hawk

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Another great and simple to do hairstyle is the fro hawk. This style is so easy and cute all you have to do is a cornrow braid on both sides of your hair then pin up your hair that is left out.

How will you be wearing your hair this summer?

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3 Pre-poo Hair Treatments For Beautiful Natural Curls

I’ve been natural for about 10 years now and have definitely tried my fair share of natural hair products. While I love my trips to the hair care aisle trying to find which product I’m going to try out next, I also absolutely love all things DIY. When I first went natural there were not many options when it came to natural hair products so I had to improvise and in doing so I found some amazing diy recipes that really helped restore and reboot my natural curls. Whether your hair is heat damaged, color damaged, or you simply need a good conditioning treatment, these recipes are sure to have your curls bouncing back in no time. Here are 3 of my all time favorite pre-poos.

1. Mayo Protein Treatment

Protein treatments are great for restoring protein in dry and damaged hair.This particular protein treatment is amazing because most people have all of the ingredients at home. I remember once a month when I was a little girl my mom would do protein treatments in my hair. This protein treatment consist of mayonnaise, olive oil, and 1 egg. You can also add honey to the recipe.

Ingredients:

Hefty scoop of mayonnaise

1 egg

3 tbsp of olive oil

1 tbsp honey*

Combine all ingredients, add to damp hair,cover hair with a plastic bag, allow mixture to stay in hair for 30 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water then shampoo and condition hair. 

2. Avocado and Coconut Protein Treatment

Another great protein treatment might require a trip to the health food store but it is definitely worth it. This protein treatment is great at restoring limp lackluster or dry curls. Your curls will bounce back in no time. 

Ingredients:

3-5 chunks of raw shea butter

1 egg

1 soft avocado

5 tbsp castor oil

1 tbsp of organic raw honey

2-3 tbsp of raw unrefined cold pressed organic coconut oil

Heat shea butter for one minute, heat coconut oil for 30 seconds then combine all ingredients and add to your hair. Allow it to sit between 30 minutes to an hour before rinsing, washing and conditioning.

Growing up hot oil treatments were a bi-weekly condition. An oil was heated, usually olive oil and added to my damp hair followed by a plastic cap. Hot oil treatments soothe and smooth dry, damaged hair while the essential oils help to promote growth and circulation.For this recipe you can use any carrier oil you choose, some of my favorite are; jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, apricot oil. 

3. Hot oil treatment

Ingredients:

3-5 drops rosemary essential oil

5-7 tbs carrier oil

2-3 drops peppermint essential oil

Heat the carrier oil in a microwave safe bowl until warm, add the essential oils then apply to hair. Add a plastic cap to hair to lock in the oil. This treatment can be left on anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight. Once you are ready to take treatment out, rinse then shampoo and condition hair. 

Will these pre-poo treatments can be great for hair, they also can be damaging if overdone. Be sure to space these treatments out as much as possible. Once a month is great, two weeks is fine if your hair is damaged and needs some extra loving and weekly hot oil treatments is doable if needed. Remember avoid heat as much as possible for the beautiful, bouncy curls. 

What’s your favorite pre-poo for natural hair?

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Essential oils for hair growth

We know we’re not the only one picking in our scalp looking for hair to come up. The process can be very long and annoying. But with the right essential oils, you can get your hair to grow faster. Here are six essential oils that will support your scalp and hair follicles.

 

1.Tea Tree

Tea tree oil improves the circulation of blood, which helps get rid of toxins and stimulate dormant hair follicles. Tea tree oil has properties like antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant that helps your hair stay clean and healthy. It also unclogs your pores, this help promote hair growth. To use, add a few drops into a carrier oil like coconut oil, mix the two and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes then wash it out thoroughly with cold to warm water.

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2. Rosemary

When you apply rosemary essential oil on your scalp it stimulates hair growth by keeping the follicles active while improving cellular metabolism. 

Apply 4-5 drops of rosemary oil on your scalp and massage it in until you feel your scalp tingling. You can also add drops to your shampoo and conditioner. If you want to grow your brows thicker you can also apply 1 drop on your eyebrow hair and massage it in.

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3. Lavender

Lavender essential oil has the ability to soothe your scalp and keep hair shafts and follicles away from bacteria that could stop hair growth. Lavender essential oil also soothes your scalp. It can be used by adding drops to your shampoo or conditioner.

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4. Cedarwood

When you apply cedarwood essential oil on your scalp it stimulates the scalp and increases circulation. It also helps with dryness, dandruff, and brittle hair. 

You can use cedarwood oil as a hair mask by adding two drops of cedarwood essential oil with a few drops of coconut oil. Massage the two in your scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes before washing it out.

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5. lemongrass

Lemongrass oil help strengthen your hair follicles. It helps eliminate dandruff by keeping your scalp hydrated. You can massage 2-5 drops into your scalp, let it sit in for 2-5mins then rinse it out with cold water followed by a cold wash or shampoo. 

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6. Peppermint

Peppermint oil stimulates blood circulation to the scalp which helps increase the number of hair follicles. You can add 2-4 drops to your shampoo or conditioner. 

 

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How To Combat Your Dry Scalp This Winter

It can be hard to keep your scalp moisturized, especially in the winter. All the moisture in your hair can be drained because of the cold temperature. This can cause your entire scalp to be dry which can lead to dandruff. But to avoid dealing with this there are a few tips you can follow.

Change your Shampoo

Use products that contain natural ingredients, stay away from products that contain sulfate. Sulfate dry out your scalp fast because it cleans both the built-up dirt in your hair as well as the oils and moisture that your scalp and hair shafts need. Moroccan oil hydrating shampoo and shea moisture Jamaican black castor oil shampoo are both good hydrating shampoos. Moroccan oil shampoo is high in fatty acids and vitamin e which make it a good treatment for dry flaky scalp. Shea Moisture Jamaican black castor oil shampoo has natural ingredients like Jamaican black castor oil and raw shea butter that deeply moisturizes dry brittle hair while healing, growing and strengthen the hair. For best results wash your hair in cool to warm water. Hot water can dry out your hair shaft and damage your scalp. 

  

Hair Mask (DIY)

Hydrating hair masks can handle dry scalp and damaged hair. Hair masks are packed with all different types of hydrating ingredients to help replenish dry scalp and brittle hair. There are four hair masks we highly recommend. Papaya Hair Mask is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and potassium that can help keep your hair in hydrated in the winter time. The fruit can bring shine to your strands making it look healthier. As for the olive oil that is added, it can add more moisture and help prevent breakage.

Ingredients
1 papaya
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Blend both papaya and olive oil together until smooth. Once you’re done, apply the mask to your hair then cover it with a shower cap. Let it sit overnight and wash it out in the morning or you can let it sit for 20-30 mins.
 
Hot Coconut Oil Mask has fatty acids that help with breakage and get rid of flakes or dandruff.
Ingredients
1/4 cup of coconut oil
Wash your hair first, then heat up the oil in a microwave and apply it to your hair and scalp then cover it with a shower cap. leave the oil in your hair covered for 30 minutes or overnight, your choice. This is what you call a hot oil treatment.
Avocado and Banana Mask are packed with protein and amino acids that have helped improve dry scalp and softens hair. The bananas in the hair mask contain antioxidants and Vitamin C which causes your hair to shine and glow.
Ingredients
1/2 avocado 
1/2 banana
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of honey
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until the ingredients are creamy. Then, part your hair into sections, apply the ingredients in your hair from root to end. Keep it in for 30 minutes or wear the mask overnight.
Mayo Mask is packed with amino acids and nourishing oils that help keep your hair conditioned.
Ingredients: 
1 cup of Mayonnaise 
1 teaspoon of castor oil
1 egg
Mix all the ingredients together well, then pour it on your hair then cover your hair with a plastic shower cap. Let it stay in for 20 minutes then follow up with hydrating shampoo, make sure to wash your hair really good to get rid of
that mayo and egg smell.
Moisturize daily

Diet

A diet rich in fatty acids like flax seeds and salmon can help eliminate dry scalp. Also staying away from coffee and alcohol can help alleviate dry scalp. Caffeine is a diuretic that can cause the body to lose water. Staying hydrated is so important when it comes to your scalp. Adding more hydrating drinks and foods to your diet will balance out your scalp issues.

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How to treat dry scalp: Dry and flaky scalp in the winter

It can be hard to keep your scalp moisturized, especially in the winter. All the moisture in your hair can be drained because of the cold temperature. This can cause your entire scalp to be dry which can lead to dandruff. But to avoid dealing with this there are a few tips you can follow.

Change your Shampoo

Use products that contain natural ingredients, stay away from products that contain sulfate. Sulfate dry out your scalp fast because it cleans both the built-up dirt in your hair as well as the oils and moisture that your scalp and hair shafts need. Moroccan oil hydrating shampoo and shea moisture Jamaican black castor oil shampoo are both good hydrating shampoos. Moroccan oil shampoo is high in fatty acids and vitamin e which make it a good treatment for dry flaky scalp. Shea Moisture Jamaican black castor oil shampoo has natural ingredients like Jamaican black castor oil and raw shea butter that deeply moisturizes dry brittle hair while healing, growing and strengthen the hair. For best results wash your hair in cool to warm water. Hot water can dry out your hair shaft and damage your scalp. 

  

Hair Mask (DIY)

Hydrating hair masks can handle dry scalp and damaged hair. Hair masks are packed with all different types of hydrating ingredients to help replenish dry scalp and brittle hair. There are four hair masks we highly recommend. Papaya Hair Mask is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and potassium that can help keep your hair in hydrated in the winter time. The fruit can bring shine to your strands making it look healthier. As for the olive oil that is added, it can add more moisture and help prevent breakage.

Ingredients
1 papaya
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Blend both papaya and olive oil together until smooth. Once you’re done, apply the mask to your hair then cover it with a shower cap. Let it sit overnight and wash it out in the morning or you can let it sit for 20-30 mins.
 
Hot Coconut Oil Mask has fatty acids that help with breakage and get rid of flakes or dandruff.
Ingredients
1/4 cup of coconut oil
Wash your hair first, then heat up the oil in a microwave and apply it to your hair and scalp then cover it with a shower cap. leave the oil in your hair covered for 30 minutes or overnight, your choice. This is what you call a hot oil treatment.
Avocado and Banana Mask are packed with protein and amino acids that have helped improve dry scalp and softens hair. The bananas in the hair mask contain antioxidants and Vitamin C which causes your hair to shine and glow.
Ingredients
1/2 avocado 
1/2 banana
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of honey
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until the ingredients are creamy. Then, part your hair into sections, apply the ingredients in your hair from root to end. Keep it in for 30 minutes or wear the mask overnight.
Mayo Mask is packed with amino acids and nourishing oils that help keep your hair conditioned.
Ingredients: 
1 cup of Mayonnaise 
1 teaspoon of castor oil
1 egg
Mix all the ingredients together well, then pour it on your hair then cover your hair with a plastic shower cap. Let it stay in for 20 minutes then follow up with hydrating shampoo, make sure to wash your hair really good to get rid of
that mayo and egg smell.
Moisturize daily

Diet

A diet rich in fatty acids like flax seeds and salmon can help eliminate dry scalp. Also staying away from coffee and alcohol can help alleviate dry scalp. Caffeine is a diuretic that can cause the body to lose water. Staying hydrated is so important when it comes to your scalp. Adding more hydrating drinks and foods to your diet will balance out your scalp issues.

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Six tips to protect your edges

I think it’s safe to say most women change hairstyles more than 5 times a year. But sometimes we forget how important it is to take care of our hair in between hairstyles. Especially our edges because your edges are the most sensitive. Here are 6 simple ways to save your edges.

Moisturize 

It doesn’t matter what hairstyle you’re wearing, moisturize your hairline. Balancing moisture and protein in your hair is very important because it improves hair elasticity, which prevents breakage. 

Ponytails

If you’re pulling your hair back into a tight ponytail all the time, the tension can cause strands of your hair to break or pull out the root. A ponytail is one hairstyle you don’t want to keep in for long if you’re trying to hold on to your edges.

Parting

When braiding your hair, stay away from skinny parts near your hairline. Your parts should be big enough for your scalp to breathe during the course of the hairstyle. If you’re someone who loves wearing extensions, leave your edges out. If you do not tell your hairstylist to leave your edges out, when doing a weave installation they will braid your hair in with the rest of your braids. This is going to cause a lot of pulling and pain, damaging your edges.

Silk 

Taking better care of your hair means throwing away your bandana. Throw the whole bandana away. Bandanas soak all the moisture and oil out of your hair. The last thing you want is dry and brittle hair, causing your hair to fall out. If you want to hold on to your edges you might want to invest in a silk scarf, silk bonnets or silk pillowcases. Silk maintain the natural oils in your hair. It also reduces friction on your hair. Some women like satin bonnets and that’s fine. Silk or satin? we will leave that to your discretion. 

Glue

For those of you who wear lace fronts or full lace wigs, we don’t recommend glue at all. You may have seen ghost bond adhesive and got2b glued all over your timeline but truth be told it can damage your hairline. One way you can install your wig without damaging your edges is by using the elastic band method. It holds your wig in place with no glue necessary. To know more about the elastic band method go to youtube and type in “elastic band method.” 

Hair Vitamins 

Just like your body, hair needs vitamins to stay healthy. Age, genetics, and hormones can affect hair growth, but a lack of nutrients can be the main reason for hair loss. If you have thinning edges you might want to start taking hair vitamins. We recommend Sugar Bear hair vitamins and Mielle healthy hair adult vitamins. The Sugar Bear vitamins are vegetarian gummy bears. Packed with biotin, folic acid, and vitamin D. Mielle Vitamins are also packed with biotin, folic acid, vitamin a,c,e, b-1, and much more vitamins. 

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