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Natural hair DONTS

Posted by HenJa' on March 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (2)


 

Many people think that because they have natural hair, there is possibly NO WAY that they could go wrong. BUT WAIT! That couldn't be more FALSE. I find that a lot of natural people do not comb their hair at LEAST every other day, they do not moisturize their hair, and they don't keep their hair trimmed.

 

The hot weather is approaching slowly but surely and keeping your hair MOISTURIZED is essential. It's like the LIFE of your hair. When you continuously shampoo your hair once or twice every week with shampoos and conditioners that are not professional products that contain alcohol, you only dry your hair out. The best type of moisturizer is a type of oil (ie argon or morrocan). Grease clogs your pores which can then stunt your hair growth. The area to focus on the most is your ends. (If you have color in your hair, deep condition bi weekly)

 

I know that many of you wear your natural curls or flat twist, that's not an excuse to not comb your hair at least every other day. I'm currently doing the no heat challenge and I went 4 days with out combining my hair (which is texturized) and it was tangled!! The reason why our hair gets tangled and should really be combed daily is because we shed 50-100 strands a day. When you have those loose strands lingering in your hair, it gets tangled up with your other hair which then makes it harder for you to comb out. All in all, do what I do for my no heat challenge.I at least run my fingers thought my hair every day before re-twisting for bed.

 

Trims are important. They play another huge factor as to why our hair tangles up. Many naturals think that if they aren't using heat to flat iron or blow dry their hair, they don't need a trim. FALSE. Because if you aren't keeping your hair MOISTURIZED it becomes dry, brittle, and breaks; which means you need to trim your hair. Regardless, I recommend getting natural hair trimmed at least 3 times a year IF you don't use heat. If you use heat, 4-5 times a year. Be sure to find a professional that actually knows what the word trim means and doesn't use extreme temperatures to flat iron your hair.


Foods to Eat for Healthy Hair and Nails

Posted by HenJa' on September 6, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Biotin/Vitamin H— Biotin can improve hair that is splitting or thinning as well as strengthen weakened nails Foods to try: Bananas, beans, cauliflower, eggs, peanuts, salmon

Omega-3 Fatty Acids—To get shinier hair, introduce more omega-3s into your diet, which “help support scalp health and may give your locks extra luster and shine. Foods to try: Eggs, flaxseed, fish oil, salmon, spinach, tuna, walnuts and sardines

Protein—Protein intake is important for many reasons, notably when it comes to hair and nails. Foods to try: Chciekn, eggs, lean red meats, lowfat dairy, nute, seafood, soybeans and grains

Vitamin A—Vitamin A helps produce a conditioning substance for the scalp known as sebum, which keeps hair looking and feeling healthy. In addition to these beauty benefits, this vitamin contributes to better eye health and immune system function. Foods to try: Apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, cheddar cheese, egg yolks, mango, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes.

Zinc— Zinc is a component of hundreds of enzymes in the body, some which regulate the body’s ability to make new proteins that become building blocks of healthy hair and nails. Foods to try: Cashews, green beans, lean beef, lobster, oysters, and soybeans

 


5 of The Biggest Hair Myths

Posted by HenJa' on July 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments 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.

Ways To Know Your Hair Is Damaged

Posted by HenJa' on March 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)

So after working in the salon this week, I noticed a new client had really damaged hair. She hadn’t been to a salon in over a year, which means she hasn’t had her hair trimmed or cut PROPERLY. Cutting or trimming your hair at home with scissors is the IMPROPER way to handle your split and dead ends. You will creat more of a problem than actually handling the problem.

 

What I wanted to do to help you all out (especially those who do not go to a salon to receive the proper treatment) is to explain to you the ways to recognize your hair is damaged.

 

1. Excessive breakage

2. Hard to comb through

3. Tangled at the ends

4. Frizzy

5. Rough Texture

6. Overly Porous

7. Dry and Brittle

8. Becomes spongy and matted when wet

9. Color fades or absorbs too rapidly (Please stop all color chemicals)


 

 

And here are ways to handle and prevent damaged hair

 

1. Cut all damaged hair from head

2. Deep condition weekly

3. Hydrate your hair (via hydrating mask or hydrator steamer)

4. Use less heat

5. Let hair air dry sometimes

6. Use natural oils to moisturize hair

7. Use leave-in conditioners particularly on the ends of hair after each shampoo

 

I highly recommend that you go to a professional to treat your hair and learn the proper steps to gradually being able to maintain your hair on your own.

Creamy Crack [Update]

Posted by HenJa' on February 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I discovered this creamy crack a while ago; and NO it isnt a relaxer!


It's actually a hydrating mask derived from Moroccan Argan Trees, it smells wonderful and leaves the hair so silky, shiny and looking full of life. It's great for people who are suffering from breakage and dry hair. I've used it every week since discovering it, I've also used it on my female AND male clients; they too seem to love it.


What this mask actually does is hydrates and restores hair's natural moisture balance. It helps restructure the hair's protective film to shield it from damage and helps repair dry, damaged hair leaving it smooth, shiny and manageable with renewed elasticity.


And the best thing about it; NO HEAT IS NEEDED!

The reviews I've received from this product have all been good ones! I use this on my hair when I sit under the hydrater (steamer), it's great.


Order your bottle today from here

Blog Response - "Loss of hairline/edges"

Posted by HenJa' on January 31, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Blog Response - Coda

 

"My aunt has breakage at her hairline that falls right back out after a little growth. Is there any products or methods she can use to regain her hairline? Her hair is now locked"

 

Thanks for submitting your question. First and foremost the problem lies within the tension your aunt receives when getting her hair relocked. Most people that have locks do suffer from thinned out hairlines or just a falling out of their edges. This is especially true when individuals wear up-do styles with their locks. 

 

What your aunt can do to help her hairline grow back is to use hot sauce on her hairline every night. (It may seem weird, but give it a try :) ) She only needs about a dime size each night and she needs to rub it in. What this will do is promote circulation among the hairline thus promoting hair growth. 

 

Hopefully her follicles have not been damaged from the extreme tension. 

 

More things she should try:

 

1. Sleep with a silk scarf around the perimeter of her head (do not tie tightly)

2. Ask that her edges are not twisted so tightly 

3. Drink lots of water

4. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits

 

Hope this helps. 


Why So High?

Posted by HenJa' on January 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

"Why So High?!"

 

Many people feel as though the only way to achieve straight hair is to turn their flat irons to the MAX temp. This is totally not the answer. 

 

Your flat iron can achieve what it needs by using 320. I personally do not like to go higher than 340, although my flat iron can reach 450. If you've ever touched the plates on a flat iron and been burned, you can only imagine what it can do to your hair. 

 

Investing in a GOOD flat iron is a must of you like to do your own hair or don't like to visit the salon frequently. Flat irons from Walmart are no good (ANDIS) in my opinion. Find flat irons that are ionic and ceramic. These help your hair in many ways by locking oils in and adding natural shine with no produces. The better the flat iron, the less the work and better the outcome. 

 

Don't like doing your hair? Pay someone who knows what they are doing to do it for you. I find that many people who do their own hair try so hard to get it to look salon quality and constantly want to add heat everyday for a fresh look. 

 

Minimize the heat, your hair will thank you

My Hair Won't Grow

Posted by HenJa' on January 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

"My hair won't grow!"

 

Your hair is made of protein called keratin and needs vitamins to support its growth and strength.

So let's think of some reasons why your hair won't grow: maybe your diet isn't right, you're not receiving the correct amount of blood circulation, you're letting any and everyone do your hair for cheap, too much tension from ponytails and braids, etc.

 

 

Your diet has a lot to do with hair growth. On average, awesome hair won't grow more than an 1 1/2 inches a month; some people's hair grows faster. Eating green foods and fruits promote the vitamins you need for hair growth and so many other things. WATER is your best friend for your hair. It not only promises hair growth but cleanses your body while moisturizing not only your skin, but also your scalp.

 

Blood circulation is everything. Many people who have lost their edges from excessive tension do not realize that their hair doesn't grow back because the blood is not circulation properly. Ways to promote great blood circulation include stimulation of the scalp. This can easily be achieved by going to get your hair shampooed by someone else who will take the time to care for your hair and scalp.

 

A few things that you can do to help promote hair growth:

1. Take vitamins (Biotin) >> beware, biotin pills WILL promote raid hair growth in places other than your head

2. Sew-in (braids should not be too tight to causing extreme tension.)

3. Limit the amount of heat applied to hair

4. Moisturize your hair. (As stated in my previous blog, hydration therapy is a GREAT way to Moisturize your hair)

5. CUT your split ends. (holding on to them will on make your hair worse. Untreated split-ends continue to split. They can eventually teach your scalp and cause greater damage)

6. Eliminate or minimize ponytails (never use rubber bands)

7. Do NOT use Sponge rollers (they soak the moisture out of your hair)

8. Last but not least, you get what you pay for. Find the money to invest in YOURSELF & your appearance. It is very important to let people who know the history of hair and the correct way of styling hair to work on you.


Hair Breakage

Posted by HenJa' on January 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

"Hair Breakage"

 

Do you believe you're doing ALL of the right things and you STILL have hair breakage?! There are a few things that may seem minor to you, but are majorly detrimental to your hair.

 

#1 type of scarf

If you wrap your hair, I hope you use a silk or sateen scarf. And if you don't wrap your hair, I hope you at least use a bonnet. I personally use both a scarf to wrap my hair, and use a bonnet on top in case my scarf just so happens to come off while sleeping

 

#2 Scarf is too tight

There is a such thing as tying your scarf too tight and causing breakage as well as stunting hair growth.  With this instance, it's common for the nape area to have trouble growing because you are tying your scarf too tight. Loosen it up a little in the back, and try making your final knot in the front of your head. 

 

 

#3 Pillow cases and sheets are made of cotton

 

This applies mainly to those who sleep with no form of hair coverage. Cotton absorbs the natural oils in your hair, thus creating dry/brittle hair which could lead to breakage. 

Notice how I stated your hair scarf should only be silk or sateen. 

Cotton = bad business

 

#4 Flat iron temperature

How hot is your flat iron? The max? What's the point? There's no need. You're only burning your hair off! 300 or lower will do just fine on relaxed hair. If you're natural, of course you should turn it up higher, but not the MAX. 

 

#5 Too much heat 

On top of the heat temperature used, using Too Much heat can cause breakage. In a previous blog, I stated that on my road to recovery to healthy hair, I only used heat once a week (after shampooing my hair)