Slippery elm is one of those organic ingredients that is slowly becoming popular in the natural hair community. It is being used by multiple manufacturers due to its potency. It has incredible health benefits for our hair that you will love. But, many of us don’t know what slippery elm is as we may have heard about it overnight. Slippery elm is known as slippery elm bark powder. It is derived from the bark of a tree which is native to the eastern side of Central and North America. The scientific name is ‘Ulmus Rubra’ and has been used for centuries due to its healing power.
The slippery elm is rich in vitamins and minerals that your hair will absorb and love. It contains beta-carotene, selenium, calcium, amino acids, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, b vitamins, and vitamin c. They can penetrate the hair shaft to provide your hair with exactly what it needs.
Here are 5 benefits of slippery elm:
1 – STRENGTHENS THE HAIR
Amino acids are derived from protein which makes up 90% of our hair strands. The protein makes up a part of the protective barrier that covers each hair strand. Our hair goes through a lot through manipulation, chemicals, and even heat styling. Once damaged it is difficult to repair if we’re not applying protein to our hair strands. Since slippery elm is rich in protein, it can penetrate the hair shaft to repair the weak and old strands. As well as, prevent other harm from damaging your hair strands. So, your hair will be less inclined to breakage, knots, tangles, and frizz.
2 – CONDITIONS THE HAIR
The nutrients in slippery elm can penetrate the hair. It will restore and renew your damaged hair. Therefore, allowing your kinks to reach an optimally healthy state. Once the slippery elm is mixed with water or water-based ingredients, it becomes a gel-like substance. This makes application easier as it a little will go a long way for the hair to be conditioned from root to tip. It is the perfect addition to your wash day products for example a conditioner.
3 – DETANGLES THE HAIR
Most naturals dread the detangling process on wash day because it can be time-consuming and painstaking. Slippery elm is a natural detangler that will soften the hair to remove knots and tangles. Also, it will clump and separate the hair together where it naturally wants to. This will save you time and energy when detangling. Cleansers and conditioners formulated with slippery elm are what you should look for as they will keep your hair tangle free before you detangle. Therefore, making styling way much easier for your wash and go and/or twist out.
4 – NEUTRALIZES THE SCALP
Slippery elm is rich in vitamin B which our scalp needs. Vitamin b will heal your inflamed scalp so it can function as it optimally should. Your scalp will produce sebum production so which can encourage faster and healthier hair growth. Slippery elm is a great addition to your shampoo. After applying, you’re able to massage your scalp to promote blood circulation to the scalp.
5 – TREATS DULL HAR
Slippery elm is rich in fatty acids that will restore life to your curls. Is your hair frizzy, not as bright as it used to be, or non-voluminous? Through the consistent use of products rich in slippery elm, you are able to restore your hair to its former glory. Slipper elm contains polyphenols and other essential nutrients that will smooth and provide sheen to your hair. Through the use of conditioners and deep conditioner in your hair every week, your hair will look and feel better.
STRANDS OF FAITH PRODUCTS MADE WITH SLIPPER ELM:
3N1MIRACLE CLAY WASH
This Clay Wash was specifically formulated for All Hair Types in need of a thorough cleanse and detox from the environmental elements. It gently removes build-up and detoxes the strands from heavy metals and minerals that may have built up as a result of using hard water. It is packed with nutrients and minerals from 3 different Clays (Rhassoul, Bentonite, and Kaolin) that will Cleanse, Detox, and Detangle your hair.
1) Thoroughly wet your hair from root to tips
2) Section the hair into 4 or 6
3) Apply the clay wash from tips to roots using the praying hands' method
4) Massage it into the scalp using the pads of your fingers to encourage blood circulation
5) Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes so the clay will penetrate the hair strands
6) Rinse thoroughly so that there are no remnants in your hair.
This Twisting Butter is thick but very creamy and will provide soft, hydrated twists/curls. It was specifically formulated for Naturals who have a hard time maintaining the moisture levels in their hair.
This butter is filled with organic oils and butter and does a great job at sealing in the intense moisture. Many naturals have claimed that they have gotten over 9 days of moisturized hair with the twisting butter alone. It is a great sealant that will penetrate the hair so that it is soft, shiny, and manageable.
1) This can be applied wet or dry which is totally up to you.
2) Section your hair into 4 or 5 sections
3) Take a small subsection from the bigger section for twisting.
4) Apply the butter from tip to root evenly using the praying hands' method
5) Twist the small subsection tightly.
6) The result will be a well-defined twist out that is glowing from the inside out once you unravel when your hair is dry.
This Cleansing Co-Wash is not your typical Conditioner Co-Wash. It is formulated with a cleansing agent for naturals who require a gentle cleanser without the use of sulfates which are very drying to the hair. Our shampoo is rich in an essential oil called Babassu oil which has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It can neutralize the scalp to unclog the pores and promote hair growth, and sebum production.
The Cleansing Co-Wash is meant to be used in between shampoos as it reduces dryness, dullness, and brittleness. However, if your hair is layered with products for example gel all week long, then it is best to go with a shampoo.
1) Drench your hair with water until it is completed saturated.
2) Apply a decent size amount to your scalp and hair.
3) Massage the co-wash into your hair to promote blood circulation to the scalp using the pads of your finger.
4) As well as, pull the co-wash down towards the length of your hair to cleanse.
5) You can let the conditioner sit for 10 minutes then rinse
7) Rinse your hair with cold water so that the hair cuticles will close and seal the moisture in your hair
At Strands of Faith, the ingredients we use in our products go through a thorough review. We always check that the ingredients are safe for textured hair. As well as will provide as many benefits as possible to improve the health of your kinks.