|Posted by HenJa Designs on July 11, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
*waves* I hope the summer is treating you all GREAT!! I haven't been on "vacation" yet, but I have been enjoying myself!!
But anyways! On to the best haircuts for ladies with ROUND FACES (which is said to be the perfect shape!)
1. Mixed Length Layers
Adding mixed length layers avoids "boxing" of the face and keeps the beautiful round shape that you have.
Mixed length layers can also be considered "long layers" with a mix of shorter layers up top
2. Angled Bangs
Angled bangs are the opposite of what one may call a "Chinese bang". It is not blunt; it gradually gets longer as you get closer to the outside of your face.
3. Tapered Pixie Cut
With the "perfect" shape face, a pixie cut is PERFECT! Add edge and style to your hair by cutting it short and leaving a long dramatic bang
4. Long Barely There Layers
This one is pretty self explanatory. This look can be achieved with thinning shears. [A professional is highly recommended]
5. Side-Swept Bang
This is a go to cut for not just round faced individuals, but for everyone. If you are comfortable with adding layers to your hair and just want to switch it up a bit, the side bang is perfect.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on March 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (2)|
We all go through periods each year where our hair just doesn't seem to be growing; Because I know I do. What I did for a year was wore sew-ins (I took them out and got them redone every month and a half). That helped with the growth of my hair and gave me a chance to give my hair a break from the heat. But, now a days, my hair doesn't seem to like being braided up for a sew-in because my scalp itchs like CRAZY. So, for the month of MARCH I personally decided to challenge myself to a NO HEAT CHALLENGE.
I challenge everyone to pick a month in the fall/winter and a month in the spring/summer to do the no heat challenge to see how your hair changes and grows.
For the entire month of March I will only air dry my hair. As stated in a blog a while back, I was converting from regular relaxers to texturizers. I started in July 2011, and I have about 2 inches of relaxed hair at the ends left. Texturizers have provided me with "relaxed" hair BUT also with a curl. So flat twists make for a great style for me now. Where as before I had to cornrow my hair for waves.
The air drying style consists of flat twist and nothing else. I do about 5 or 6 flat twist, unravel in the AM and I'm on my way. At night I retwist and have no problems maintaing the curl/wave pattern for a week at a time.
The other challenge I am participating in is oiling my scalp NIGHTLY. I wouldn't dare do that to my hair when wearing my wrap because I like for my hair to flow and move lol
Tips on why your growth may be stunted:
Scarf too tight at night
Too much heat
Braids or Ponytails too tight
Not moisturized enough
Ends getting caught up on cotton shirts
Hair not being trimmed properly
Split ends / Damaged hair
Prodcuts Used On Flat Twist:
MoroccanOil Repair Shampoo & Conditioner
Bio-Silk Leave-In Conditioner
[All can be found here]
|Posted by HenJa Designs on March 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
As the seasons change from dry and cold in the winter to warm and moist during the spring and summer, our hair changes with the climate. Hair often goes from dry and full of static to frizzy and sun bleached by the end of summer. Preparing for these changes of the warmer season can help you have better hair days.
Moisture Balance: As the tempartures begin to rise and the humidity in the air increases, your conditioning habits should as well.
Healthy Highlights/Color: Frizzy and dry ends on highlighted or lightened hair can be more pronounced in the warm season, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun or water.
Services to receive: Hydration treatment, or deep conditioning treatment (Consult with your stylist on type and frequency)
Extra Tips: When swimming in pools containing shlorine, please be sure to shampoo and condition hair thoroughly after each swim. This along with Bio-silk Leave-in conditioner will help prevent chlorine build up on your hair, which can damage your hair and dry it out.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on July 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
1. Frequent trims make your hair grow faster
Cutting the ends of your hair doesn't affect the follicles in your scalp, which determines how fast and how much your hair grows. Hair grows an average of a quarter-inch every month - whether or not you cut it. Regular trims have the tendency to make your hair appear a little longer. Getting rid of split ends reduces hair breakage, and breakage is what makes hair look thinner at the ends, and shorter. Every 8 to 12 weeks, ask your stylist to take off the minimum necessary to eliminate split ends.
2. If you always use the same shampoo, eventually it will stop working
You don't need to practice shampoo rotation to keep your hair clean. But, if you've recently started coloring your hair or increased your use of hot tools, it might be a good idea to switch to a more moisturizing shampoo. (visit the SHOP tab to purchase great priducts that leave your hair smelling, looking, and feeling, good)
3. A cold water rinse makes your hair shinier
Hairstylist use cool water to close your cuticles so that its flat, not ruffled and dull looking. Use conditioners and stylist products that contain silicones and oils to smooth the cuticle. And limit damage to your hair from straightening treatments, hot tools, and frequent dyeing.
4. For healthy hair, brush 100 strokes a day
You've probably heard that brushing your hair will help distribute the natural oils from your scalp to add shine to your hair. Brushing causes friction to your hair, leading to cuticle damage and breakage, which makes hair lusterless and frizzy. Brush your hair as minimal as possible and use the right tools - a wide toothed comb or paddle brush.
5. If you shampoo less often, your scalp will gradually produce less oil
No matter how frequently you shampoo, your scalp produces the same amount of oil. Cutting back on shampooing will have no effect on your sebaceous glands; genetics and hormones determine the amount of oil they produce. But, lack of shampooing for long periods of time will cause dirt and oil to accumulate on your scalp and hair follicles, and could cause inflammation and irritation that might stunt hair growth.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on June 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM||comments (41)|
Weave 101 - The TRUTH Behind It All
I'm finding that a lot of people are misinformed on what is good weave and what is bad weave. You have Yaki Hair, "Human" Hair, Synthetic Hair, "Virgin" Remy, and Virgin Indian, Peruvian, Brazilian, Malaysian and SO much more from other countries.
The first 4 hairs that I named are BAD Weave. Yaki hair comes from the Yak animal (sheep, horse, etc), "human" hair is a blend of animal hairs and "human" hair, synthetic hair is a form of plastic blended with hair, and "virgin" Remy is everything BUT virgin! None of these hairs come for a real person that is a hair donor.
The term VIRGIN means non processed, non - chemicalized (I made that word up lol) , and in its natural state. "VIRGIN REMY" for example, is bought in a PACK with a COLOR (ie 1B, 2, 4, etc) so how can that even be considered VIRGIN? THINK ABOUT IT! On average a person will spend about $85+ a pack on Remy and throw it away after 2-4 months. IT'S A WASTE OF YOUR MONEY AND YOUR TIME!
I sell virgin hair and the lowest price is $65 for a 12" & 14". This hair can be REUSED for up to a YEAR and sometimes MORE if you take good care of it like its your own. So let's do a little math. On average, a person will buy 2 packs of Remy totaling $170 before taxes. After taxes it'll be around $185. People that spend THAT much money on remy hair, I've noticed will keep their sew-in in for 3-4 months (which is TOTALLY UNEXCEPTABLE!) then throw the hair away and buy new hair. So, if you take $185 x 4 for an entire years worth of weave, the lowest a person will spend is $740, and that's not including the installation.
Now, with TRUE virgin hair, you are able to color the hair whateverrrrrr color you want, creating a better blend between your hair and the virgin hair. The QUALITY is so much better. You can buy wavy hair and wear it wavy or flat iron it, or curl it. Virgin hair is supposed to be JUST LIKE IT'S YOUR HAIR. Like I stated before, the lowest amount is $65 for a 12" & 14" In virgin hair. If I were to buy 2 bundles of hair for a partial sew-in it would only cost me $130. (most the time vendors that sell Virgin hair do not tax b/c it is included in the price). So already the price is $50 cheaper than the "virgin Remy". This hair will last for up to a year and sometimes longer. Meaning, you would NOT HAVE TO PURCHASE ANYYYYYMORE HAIR FOR THE YEAR. As opposed to the $740 spent on Remy per year. That's a $610 difference!
Typically, I shampoo my hair with my virgin hair in once a week. (it doesn't damage the hair or change the state). And I redo my sew-ins every month and a half because my hair grows fast. No one should keep a sew-in in LONGER THAN 2 months. You need to remove the hair and braids to truly cleanse your hair and scalp so that your pores are NOT being clogged.
Virgin hair comes by the bundle, which means it is not in a package like the hair store sells and can not be bought out of a hair store, NO MATTER WHAT A PERSON TELLS YOU. Once again, IT CAN NOT BE BOUGHT OUT OF A HAIR STORE. Each bundle can range from 2-4 oz. Usually 6-8 ounces are needed for a sew-in depending on HOW much of your hair you are leaving out and the length of the weave you are purchasing. The longer the weave, the more bundles you will need to create fullness.
TRUE Virgin hair is an investment. Be kind to your head and purchase the best that you can for it. All in all, you may end up spending more at once on virgin hair then you would in Remy (if you are looking for a longer inch), but in the long run it will save you money.
When you purchase a GOOD QUALITY type of hair, you need a person that does a GREAT QUALITY SEW-IN! There's nothing worse than good weave with a terrible sew-in. CHEAP IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER and can be very damaging to your hair under the sew-in if installed incorrectly.
Remember, If it doesn't come in a BUNDLE, you're wasting your money.
If you have more questions about virgin hair please comment on this blog and I will respond to you within a timely manner :).
And if you are interested in purchasing virgin hair, click on the SHOP tab above and purchase from me.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on April 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Recently had someone ask me of styles they could wear to stretch out their relaxer.
You have some people that are addicted to creamy crack (relaxers), those that want to transition (natural), and those that are relaxed and want to stretch out the length in between each retouch. The 6-8 weeks is a time frame that is given for retouches, it can be longer if you take care of your hair.
Here are a few styles that you can use to help with either process.
Twists are great styles that can be used for both natural and relaxed hair. If done properly, it can serve as one of many protective style. There are far more people out there that braid hair incorrectly than there are that do it correctly. Note: when doing flat twist, proceed on damp hair
Braids are an easy way to stretch out the time length of a relaxer or for a transition. When finding a braider, don't just hire anyone. Be sure they do not braid too tightly so that your edges are protected.
These are usually used for natural hair, but do well on relaxed hair as well. You can choose to wear the knots or let them down creating a curl pattern of your choice. (Pattern determined by size of knot). To hold knots into place, you can wrap the hair around the knot, use bobby pins or elastic bands.
Buns are the easiest fix. Be sure to use an elastic bow and not to pull the hair too tightly, as this can cause breakage. You can choose to have a messy bun, chignon, or a clean bun. If you find that your hair is not tacked down enough to your expectations, use a headband or scarf to jazz up the style.
Rods or roller sets can get the job done. Rods will do better because you will be able to create a curl pattern of any size, even one similar to your new grow/natural hair.
(All photos found on google.com)
|Posted by HenJa Designs on February 25, 2012 at 4:10 PM||comments (2)|
Hey ladies :). I've been MIA once again because I was studying to get my license in cosmetology, and I passed :).
So anyways, I just got invited to this wonderful group on Facebook for natural haired women, and one particular person asked for a few natural styles. This invididual has dreadlocks so I'll post a few ideas that could be put into consideration for spunking up dreads :).
Dread lock wavy bob
This is a really cute and simple way to give your dreads that edgy look. I reccommend all haircuts be done by a professional with the correct shears.
If you aren't looked to cut your hair into a style, you can always rod your hair up or twist into knots for a short style effect
There are manyyyyyyyy different updos that you can do with your dread locks. From styles like this to a mohawk to a personalized self- inspired up-do/
I have found that throwing braids or two strand twists to any kind of hair is a easy way to spruce up any style
For others that are natural without dreads and are looking for different hairstyles other than the natural wet and go, here are a few:
This is simple. All you need to do is put about 4-8 twists (depending on the density of your hair) in your hair while wet, let it either air dry or sit under the dryer and you will have a larger curl/wave effect.
If you don't like your hair as large, gently pin back one side for the one sided effect.
Two Strand Twist
This gives you a "dread" effect without the locks.
These rods come in many sizes. You can go for a very tight curl (blue) or a medium sized curl (pink). This hairstyle will typically last you for 2 weeks if done at a salon properly.
Cornrow Let out
This is me :D. This picture is over a year old. I went through an epidemic where I wanted curly hair. So, what I did was cornrowed my hair with 4 braids, sat under the dryer and wah-la! My hair is UBERLY thick and this is the outcome with 4 braids. Everyone's hair is different, so just play around and find out what works for you
If you have any more questions, please comment and ask or email [email protected]
|Posted by HenJa Designs on February 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Once again, I was at another wedding! lol
I've had the privilege of working 3 weddings for 3 wonderful ladies for the past 45 days :).
Here's 2 of the styles I did at the most previous wedding. I'm going through a "twist side-do" epidemic and I LOVE it
Curly Two-Strand Twist Side-Do
Here, I intially flat ironed the hair, curled it all over and added two twist in the front for a soft, simple, and elegant wedding do (bridesmaid). But, the bride wanted the dress to be shown more so I started with a two strand twist right behind the ear, wrapped the end of the twist around the left out parts of the hair and created a ponytail by pinning the hair into place. Simple, but yet powerful
1. Bobby Pins 2. Edge Control 3. Brush 4. Comb
Curly Half Two Strand Twist Side-Do
This style is simpler to do on your own. First, I pre flexi rodded the hair so I did not have to apply much heat. I then curled a few pieces to define the curls more. After, I parted the side along the shape of her head and created a smaller more defined two strand twist (add a bow to the end of the twist to prevent from unraveling). Tuck the end of the piece under the loose hair so that it flows better. Its kind of hard to see how the gathered hair side is finished. But, I played with it by gathering and crossing the hair strands over one another like a braid and then pinned them into place.
1. Bow 2. Bobby Pins 3. Comb 4. Brush 5. Flexi Rods (optional) 6. Edge Control
|Posted by HenJa Designs on February 6, 2012 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
I haven't blogged in a few days because I was out of town at a wedding :).
So, as my first blog back, I'll blog about my hair, my dress and the hair styles that I did for the wedding.
I found this gold BCBG maxi dress with a split up the leg that was soooooooo gorg ($158+). Everyone that knows me KNOWS that I am a HUGE bargin shopper. I love to get as MUCH for my money as possible (that equals MORE things in the closet :D)
As a result, I knew for a fact that if I couldn't find a dress that compared to the BCBG one, I would go ahead and purchase it, but long behold, the old faithful XXI came through. I found a platinum color dress that was almost identical to the BCBG dress for only ($30). It looked like a normal maxi dress that could be worn on a spring/summer day. It didn't compare to the BCBG dress. That was until I dressed it up :). I took a skinny black suede belt that I had from another dress and put it on to define my waist line even more, added a long silver necklace, and some long studded earrings and wah-la.
For my hair, I took large sections, spiral curled it with my flat iron, fingered the curls out, and pinned my hair to one side for a simple up-do.
The Bride wanted curls, and lots of them, so I used flexi rods, took them out and took apart each curl.
The bridesmaids had simple styles which consisted of a side knot.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
"5 Tips To Make Your Hair Look Fuller"
1. Try a shorter hairstyle or cut layers to add fullness to help the overall style to appear thicker. A medium to short bob is a great way to transform long, straggly hair into a fuller style. A few long layers or lots of short razored layers are a great boost as well. Be sure that whatever still you do pick, fits the shape of your face. (A blog will be up about face shapes and the perfect styles soon)
2. Try adding contrasting colors to your strands to add dimension and depth to your hairstyle. This can be achieved easily with high or lowlights of your choice.
3. A good blowout and correct product usage can do a lot to transform the appearance of your hair. Use a volume boosting shampoo and conditioner and try drying your hair with a round brush, giving lift at the roots. Simple volume boosting techniques can really help your hair to appear thicker.
4. Add some temporary or permanent wave to your hair with hot rollers, a roller set or tight curls. Curls and waves can do wonders for seemingly thin and lifeless hair.
5. Hair extensions are a great way to add thickness to hair and are the ‘go-to’ option for so many people. You can either purchase clip ins or sew in pieces here and there within your hair.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on January 31, 2012 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
9 Hair Trends To Try in 2012
#1 Face Framing Highlights
Cute and perfect for the person that doesn't want to put too much color in their hair, but wants to have something to add a dazzle to their look.
It's a fresh way to transition into spring. The roots and the crown of the head will be darker, but the highlights around the face will make the color transition seem more gradual.
#2 Straight Waves
Beach waves are cute, but towards the end of 2011 and so far in 2012, large straight waves have been the way to go. It's less of a curl and easier to upkeep at home, Less heat involved! (always a plus).
A very easy way to achieve this: Plat 3 or 4 larger braids in your wet hair, and let them air dry, (or you can chose to sit under the dryer; if in a rush, blow dry). Once dry, take the braids out. You can wear them just as is, or you can choose to flat iron the waves to make them looser.
#3 Faux Bob with Chignon (messy bun)
If your hair is too long, you can create a bob simple by curling your hair. Once curled, add a mess side bun to complete the style
#4 Braided Up Do
One of my favs! Whenever my hair is not up to par with my expectations, I ALWAYS throw a braid or 2 somewhere in the front. With this style, you can customize, play and have fun creating your own do.
#5 The Layered Bob
This bob isn't your ordinary clean cut Bob. This year, many stylists are doing chopped layers. This cut can be worn both messy, and cutely curled :).
#6 Hydration Therapy
2012 so far is all about repairing hair, and less about chemicals. Deep conditioning has been taken to a new level. This conditioning adds steam, not heat to the conditioning process. Read my recent blog on Hydration Therapy to learn more.
#7 Clip-in extensions
A fast and convince way to add length and density to your hair :). You can do so much with these. (Blog coming soon) (if interested in customized clip-ins, contact me)
#8 Warm Tones
Blondes and honey colors are resurfacing.
#9 Long Wispy Bangs
This look is also perfect if you want to grow out bangs if you already have them without the awkward in-between stage. They blend in with the rest of your cut and can be easily swept to the side.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on January 30, 2012 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
"2012 Hair color Trends"
Hair color is a physical change that can be made to most hair. Some people have high resistant hair that just will not color. In this blog I'll tell you what's hot that'll set you aside from everyone else getting the old ordinary usual colors that constantly occur. I myself just went from a Red tone And put a brown tone on top which then made my hair color more of a burgundy. If you ever go red, realize that red is the hardest color to upkeep as well as the hardest color to get out.
*I highly recommend that ALL colors be done by a professional*
Here are the trends:
#1 Warm Tones Deep reds, rich browns and softer colors of blonde are all in demand. Many women are also requesting 2 to 4 different shades of a color to give the hair the perception of more depth and to avoid the same color all over the entire head.
#2 Bold, Vibrant Shades Another very hot hair coloring trend is bold, vibrant shades. Colors such as purple, blue, red and green are seeing a strong reemergence in the hair coloring market. Many clients are requesting these daring colors mixed in with browns, blacks, reds and blondes to give them a bolder, more original look. This can be achieved WITHOUT looking like Nicki Minaj herself!
#3 Gray Probably one of the most surprising colors is gray. Believe it or not, women are seeing this once dreaded shade through a whole new set of eyes. One of the hottest trends is ???Gray lights??? and white/gray bases. These colors have become very popular with affluent trendsetters and models and the movement is beginning to trickle down to the average person. It can be fashionable without making you look of age.
If you're afraid to color your hair, try purchasing some customized clip-ins to add the color in :).
Visit the HD Hair page for prices.
|Posted by HenJa Designs on January 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM||comments (4)|
Wearing weaves has been the fad for awhile now. But, many people seem to forget that they have hair themselves under the weaves that needs to be taken care of! It is so important to take care of YOUR hair under your weave. I have had a few new clients come to me who have kept weaves in their head for over 4 months! This is a no go. I totally understand that people want to get their moneys worth, but keeping a sew-in in your hair for 4+ months without caring for it is a little extreme.
Now with me, I am never able to reach the 2 month mark of keeping a sew-in in without getting it redone. My hair grows entirely too fast; simply because I am taking care of it. I use VIRGIN INDIAN hair which I shampoo along with my hair WEEKLY. I sit under a dryer so that my braids underneath can dry which prevents mold and other issues from occurring in my hair and scalp (very important to do).
Although virgin Indian hair may be expensive to some, I can honestly say that it is an investment; and a good one at that. This hair is called VIRGIN because it has no chemicals in it whatsoever once your receive it. You can not go to a store and ask for VIRGIN INDIAN hair in a 1B, the color must be created on its own (netter if done by a professional). I have used the same hair for over 6 months with different numerous sew-ins. All you have to do is TAKE CARE OF THE HAIR alongside yours!
On average you will spend about $250-$280 on virgin hair in the lengths of a 12" & 14". So let's think about it. If you go to a beauty supply store and buy a high end brand of weave, you're probably going to spend about $160-$200 give or take. But, you'll only use that hair ONCE, maybe TWICE. Whereas with about $80 more, you can buy hair that will last you a minimum time frame of a year (if taken care of properly).
I urge everyone that I come across who says they want a sew-in to buy virgin Indian hair because it is so easy to care for while in your hair and you can pretty much say it's yours.
As far as people going to $50 weave shops and getting cheap sew-ins, you get what you pay for. Many wonder why they get sew-ins and their hair is more damaged, broken off and coming out.
Things I would not recommend associated with weaves:
Invisible parts (unless they are sewed in)
Cotton thread (soaks moisture out of your hair)
Once again, INVEST in yourself and your hair. When you look beautiful on the outside, it makes you FEEL so much more beautiful on the inside
If you have any more questions about sew-ins that I may not have touched enough on for you, please comment & ask away :). Thanks