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Transitioning, Relaxed, & Natural Hair Tips!
Here’s a complete video review of the products that I have purchased and received from NaturaleeNSatiable.com
Products Featured In This Video
The dyeing of hair is a problem that many people face on a regular basis. The problem with a majority of dyes available the market is that they contain carcinogens such as toluidine. Many of them still don’t experience the rigorous security evaluations that are cosmetics undergo. Nevertheless, the pressure to look youthful keeps folks coloring their hair by disguising grey or white hair, or to alter their hair color into something more stylish and appealing, regardless of the perceived dangers.
Fortunately, centuries of Indian healing traditions known as Ayurveda have revealed a completely new way of dyeing hair that is complete natural and free of side-effects. One of the greatest advantages of these methods is that a wide range of essential nutrients including antioxidants, protein and vitamins, will help to keep your hair looking youthful, soft and lustrous, while nourishing your scalp.
Best of all natural products are much less expensive in comparison to most OTC products that dye your hair. You may not have the amazing selection of colors that come with OTC hair dyes, but if you find a natural color that works just right, you will have saved yourself a ton of money and acquired a host of health benefits!
Typical Natural Hair Dyes Used in Ayurveda
The most common Ayurvedic hair dyes are derived from the natural pigments of plants with the most popular being henna and indigo. The two combined usually generate a purplish-blue color, but may work with some brunettes. However, the fun doesn’t end there! There are many teas, which have pigment and can be brewed in the right proportions to achieve a wider range of colors. These include lemon juice (for lightening), java, saffron, and walnut husks.
Henna is a Natural Solution to Hair Dyeing
The first thing that most people say comes to mind when they think of “natural hair dyes” is henna. Why is this shrub so popular? Let’s investigate it in further detail.
Henna grows in parts of Asia, Africa and Australia and is known to fortify and soften the hair. When grounded with warm water, it becomes a potent hair dye and can give dark hair with a reddish, auburn tint. The results from a henna treatment are primarily determined by your original hair’s natural color.
Tip: Always handle Henna with gloves! Otherwise, your fingers will have an orange hue for the next several days!
In order to increase the color palette of henna, you can add other ingredients such as those mentioned above as well as apple cider vinegar, yogurt or Amla powder. These can be slowly added into the henna mixture until you achieve a thick consistency. An alternative to henna is Cassia, which is popular among blond women looking for a natural solution. It has the conditioning effects of henna without the undesirable undertones.
Ayurvedic oils have been tested over centuries as effective ways of nourishing your scalp and the roots of your hair, in order to counteract the effects of hair loss and overall stress. It should be noted that strengthening the physiology of one’s hair goes beyond the mere application of oils and has to do with important, lifestyle changes that involve diet and exercise. However, there are certain oils that can truly do wonders to your hair when applied regularly and in the right amounts.
The easiest way to apply oil to the hair as well as the entire scalp is to gently massage the oil in using your fingertips. Most people like to heat the Ayurvedic oils before applying them, by pouring them into a bowl with hot water. Massaging with a circular movement is best advised in order to calm the head and improve circulation and vital energy.
Next, you should leave the oil on the entire scalp for any prescribe period of time, depending on the severity of hair loss or damage you have already incurred. It’s also desirable to apply a bit of oil onto the ears and leave it overnight if possible. Using a towel over the head may make this process easier. The oils can be rinsed off using a very dilute shampoo. In fact, Ayurvedic traditions often stress the use of highly diluted shampoos in general; as there is an underlying belief that undiluted shampoos are the major causes of damaged hair.
Many Ayurvedic healers will recommend that you apply the oils at least 3 times weekly. Some people also find it easier to make a paste out of the oil by adding a bit of black bean or herbs in order to fully coat the hair.
Some of the most common oils used in Ayurveda are sesame oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil, coconut oil and mustard oil. Each comes with its own set of unique properties proven to stimulate hair follicle development efficiently.
For example, rosemary oil may be massaged in your day-to-day routine in order to resist hair thinning, while raising blood circulation and providing the hair with important nutrients. Jojoba oil contains a wide range of important minerals copper, chromium and zinc, which can give astounding results against hair loss in as little as a few weeks. It’s important to purchase oils from reputable sellers in order to achieve the right potency.
Other powerful Ayurvedic oils include the following:
L’Oreal USA has been around since forever and undoubtedly more well know and more popular then Carol’s Daughter on a global level. Carol’s Daughter owner Lisa Price (and I didn’t have to look it up) is well know in the ethnic hair community. So basically if it don’t make dollars it don’t make sense! It all comes down to MONEY!
The bottom line is, Lisa Price went into business to make money, just like many other business owners. She linked her business to L’Oreal, and I imagine she will be paid millions in return so why is everyone so upset?
1. Fear– People are afraid that the product will change.
2. Loyalty– Many women have been supporting Carol’s Daughter since inception, there are a few YouTuber’s who provided product reviews for the company and even held contest and give-a-ways that featured their products.
3. History– Let’s keep it funky and just say that “we” have a hard time keeping anything good to “ourselves”.
I don’t support all of the dirt being slung at Lisa’s name. She made a decision to sell her company like many people do but because she’s black SOME people are in a uproar and calling her a sell out.
I see her as a business woman and always have. I never saw her as a Black Leader or a Minority Spokes Person or anything else along those lines so how can she be considered a sell out?
I am suspicious of why now, after all of these years L ‘Oreal wants to expand their business to a multi-cultural demographic. Oh that’s right…… like I said before MONEY!
Meanwhile on Facebook Lisa shares this……
Yesterday morning I shared one of the biggest successes not only in my life but in my industry with my family, my staff and you. I also met with the new team that will be working with me to further the mission of “Born in Brooklyn and Made with Love.” Then last night I came home and there was homework, dinner conversation, dishes, trash and the usual household chatter. This morning I am up at 5, packing for a business trip to Chicago to be with my Ulta family. Everything changed yet it all still remains the same. The work is the work. This is the circle of my life and I am blessed to be in it. Blessed to be its steward. Blessed to be tested and challenged. Blessed to be rewarded. I am reminded of the spiritual “nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrows.” And they can’t know my joy. But that is okay, because I do. Have a blessed and wonderful day!
The traditional Ayurvedic hair care regimen is a holistic method of hair care that goes beyond the external application of oils and pastes and has more to do with healing the whole body from within – providing your body with greater energy and internal strength.
One of the first aspects of a typical hair care regimen involves the proper management of stress, since everybody in the West seems to face very high rates of psychological and mental strain. Living in such a high and turbulent state of anxiety has been linked to excessive hair loss, early graying, in numerous studies, giving the final appearance of dull hair that lacks luster. Finding free time to relax and practice meditation or yoga can help one to keep pressures under control.
Before you massage in your first Ayurvedic oil, it is essential to first improve your dietary habits. According to Ayurvedic customs, food ought to be prepared fresh and should always be eaten in a state of calm for maximum digestion and absorption. In order to aid in better digestion one shouldn’t drink too much water during meals and should avoid foods that generate a high level of “toxin” in the body. This can include excessive consumption of meats, coffee, alcohol, black tea and eating an excessive amount of fried and fatty foods.
The head should be cleansed using diluted herbal shampoos. Excessive shampooing, particularly with a harsh shampoo can cause dryness and damage the scalp and hair. In order to rinse out the shampoo, use lukewarm water and follow with a conditioner that is natural. It is also recommended that you allow the hair to dry naturally rather than blow-drying it. After washing, to give it additional shine, add some lemon juice blended in a cup of warm water.
It is imperative to massage the scalp often using nourishing ingredients that enhance the scalp in order to give your hair that lustrous, bright look in addition to the feeling of thickness. Some of the best oils that contain a wide range of such potent ingredients include coconut oil and sesame oil. More traditional Ayurvedic oils include Neelibhringadi oil, Brahmi-Amla oil, Neelibhringadi oil and Bhringraja oil.
Upon trying out some of the miraculous Ayurvedic oils available at your disposition, you’ll want to take some other measures in order to give your body the holistic treatment it deserves. One such measure is to start getting enough sleep, which is essential for our overall well-being. Sleep is the time when body tissue repair and regeneration occurs at its best, and a dearth of it can lead to a wide range of health problems in the future.
Even though this video is old it’s still relevant! I’ve been called “acting white” because I wash my hair often (what kinda of foolishness is that?) I like to be clean…. so I bathe often and that includes washing my hair. How often you wash your natural hair is entirely up to you but I will warn, that if you don’t wash your hair often you’re setting yourself up for possible scalp conditions such as fungus!
I’ve encountered scalp fungus on past clients who refused to wash their hair more then once a month. I’ve seen hair loss, bald spots and broken,bloody sores. I’ve also, dealt with women who would go to their dermatologist for medication only to find themselves back in the same situation a month later because they refuse to wash their hair more then once a month.
Now before you shot me, this is NOT the case for everyone and that’s why I said it’s a personal choice. If you can go an entire month without washing your natural hair then more power to you but if you can’t, don’t!
Please don’t go without washing your hair if your hair is giving you signs that it needs to be washed. I know the old wives tale that “dirty hair is growing hair” but dirty hair is also susceptible to scalp and hair conditions.
I’m a bit anal when it comes to my personal hygiene so if washing my hair at least once a week causes me to forever have shoulder length hair, then so be it. The absolute longest that I can go without washing my hair is about 10 days. Even when I have mini twist in my hair, I still wash it.
What are your thoughts on how often you should wash your hair? Do you go a month or longer? If so how do you keep your hair fresh without washing it often? Leave a comment below.
I was never officially a curly girl but I do consider myself a wash and go fan. During my wash and go journey I studied the curly girl method and decided to eradicate all “cones” aka silicones from my hair care regimen. More recently I accidentally gave a product with silicones within the ingredients a try and was amazed at how gooooooood my hair felt.
Basically, it was a case of “Monkey see, Monkey do”. I follow tons of natural hair gurus online and a few years ago many of these same gurus warned against the use of “cones” when it came to naturally curly hair. Apparently, “cones” are the devil along with mineral oil, petroleum, and sulfate.
I will admit, I just followed the herd and never gave it a second thought until recently when I used Dominican Magic Deep Conditioner for the first time and noticed that it had silicones within the ingredients!
The theory that silicones are bad, came from the thought process that it seals the hair shaft. Wait a minute…. I thought that was a good thing????
Well, what if these same silicones that seal the hair shaft also prevents moisture from getting in? That could be a problem especially if you have dry hair. The only way to avoid something like this is to make sure your silicone product also has moisturizing ingredients.
Uhmmmm that’s a good question….. let’s see here……”cones” are……… I’ll be back, let me Google it……
Silicones are ingredients in many hair conditioners, shampoos, and hair gel products. They usually have hard to pronounce names like phenyltrimethicones or amodimethicones. Too make things easier, just remember that most ingredients ending in “cone”, “col”, “conol” or “zane” are more than likely a silicone. Silicones will produce a build-up on the hair and scalp because they are often not water-soluble.
You can read the rest of that post by visiting Good Hair Diaries but simply put, it’s not harmful at all if you commit to shampooing and moisturizing as you should. If build up occurs just shampoo your hair and be on your marry way.
First and foremost, silicone makes my hair feel soooooo amazing! I missed the feeling of having slippery, buttery, soft tresses right out of the shower. I can’t believe I went this long without silicones in my regimen.
The only thing left up to debate is whether or not it’s necessary to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the build up. I use a clarifying shampoo every 6-8 weeks or so. I rarely feel as though my hair has build up and that’s possibly because I wash my hair religiously 1-2x’s a week (more recently trying to go an entire 7 days).
Long term silicone use should not damage or harm your hair if you’re following a healthy hair care regimen. Silicones, in many cases actually can help to protect your hair strands from the elements, breakage during detangling, and even heat damage.
As of right now the only product that I have in my hair care regimen that contains silicones is the Dominican Magic Deep Conditioner that I mentioned earlier. Oppps that’s not true, I recently bought two different types of heat protectants and I’m sure they also contain silicones. Oh well….. I’m fully out of the curly girl gang!
Now that I outted myself, off to wash and deep condition with my lovely “cones”
Have A Beautiful Weekend
With anything, greatness takes time and planning. If you’re not satisfied with your current hair care regimen then you’ve come to the right place. I’ll teach you how to map out an awesome hair care regimen that’s time friendly and easy to follow.
In order to reach your hair goals you must have a plan. Many women want longer healthier hair but they lack a solid hair care regimen to reach their goals. All you need is one day a week (depending on your hair’s needs) to make your hair dreams come true.
The best place to start when creating a hair care regimen is taking notes. You need to assess your hair’s needs first in order to strategically map out a plan. Is your hair dry? If it is, you need to jot down some reasons as to why you think your hair may be dry. Here’s an example:
This list should follow up with ways you plan to combat your hair’s dryness
From here you should be able to move onto your product shopping list….
I recently decided to create a hair care regimen for each hairstyle and hair goal that I want to achieve. I find that following a detailed regimen is the best way for me to care for my hair. It helps me to stay on track and not get in the way of myself. If you want to see my hair care regimens click here!
and what ever else type of “regimen” you want to create.
If you’re anything like me, and find writing things down helpful then this will work well for you. When it comes to hair, it can be somewhat of a science project. Just find a regimen that works well for you and stick with it. If you need to adjust your regimen a little to improve your hair’s condition that’s fine too.
Oh and don’t forget to take pictures or describe the state of your hair in complete detail when you first start. In the future, this will help to look back and see how far you’ve come! Hope this helps anyone that’s struggling with starting a hair care regimen. If you found this useful please do not hesitate to share by choosing one of the following options provided below.
Happy Hair Growing!
Welp, I was skeptical when it came to all of the talk about Dominican Magic hair products. Over the past few years I would hear women talk about this deep conditioner as if it contained some type of mystical ingredient that could magically soften and grow hair. Any time I hear such claims I take it with a grain of salt because that’s the nature of the business. Since I’m testing products and methods to grow my hair longer I decided to give it a try.
I ordered Dominican Magic Deep Fortifying Conditioner last week, and course I ordered it off of Amazon. Even though it was kinda out of my price range (as far as deep conditioners go), I decided it may be worth the money especially if there’s magic involved.
Like I said, I ordered it last week and then had to wait a whole 5 days for my scheduled wash day ( I’m on a strict regimen) so during that time I watched several video and blog reviews about this deep conditioner. I couldn’t find one person that had something bad to say about it.
When wash day came around I was not ready. I really wanted to sit under the Pebco and use this deep conditioner with heat to get the full affects but I didn’t have the time. Instead, I used a plastic cap and did a few chores. In total, It was around 20-30 minutes of deep conditioning time. Oh and the application was really nice going on.
When I went to rinse out my hair, chile…… when I say my hair was like silk and butter at the same time, I just can’t describe how good my hair felt. NEVER, in my life have I EVER used a deep conditioner that made my hair feel so good! Even after doing my blow out, my hair was still soft!
This is not a curly girl friendly product! There’s cones within the ingredients but since I’m not on a curly girl regimen it’s all good!
Water (aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Acetamide MEA, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hyaluronic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Sorbitol, Fragrance (Parfum), Polysorbate 80, Glycerin, Citric Acid,Lactic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid, Didecyldimonium Chloride.
After trying what seems to be 100’s of deep conditioners, so far this one is the best. I’m definitely keeping Dominican Magic as apart of my staple products. This large 32oz container should last me a couple of months so I’ll be back to do a “empty bottle review” in the near future.
What’s your favorite deep conditioner. Have you ever tried Dominican Magic Deep Fortifying Conditioner? What are your thoughts about this product? Leave a comment below!
There really is no need to spend money in expensive salons in order to get a healthy head of hair. Rather than trying out one costly treatment after another, or switching shampoo and conditioner often, an alternative approach is to use home remedies instead. The secret ingredient to having shiny, thick, smooth and silky hair could very well be in your kitchen or home garden already.
One of the most popular and affordable all-natural treatments for hair is the use of fresh tropical fruits such as bananas, strawberries, and avocado.
Bananas are good for hair because the high potassium content promotes the natural elasticity of the individual strands. Bananas are particularly helpful in damaged and dry hair. After mashing one banana with a fork, it must be applied from root to tip and the rinsed with shampoo after 15 minutes. Meanwhile fresh strawberries make hair more luscious. Mashed strawberries (about eight pieces) are combined with a tablespoon of mayonnaise. Hair must be washed before this mixture is massaged into it and then covered with a shower cap and warm towel. This mixture must be washed off with shampoo and conditioner.
Avocado, on the other hand, is good for moisturizing and thickening hair especially because it is rich in vitamin E. The best way to use avocado is to mix one fruit with one banana and olive oil (one tablespoon). This mixture must be massaged onto the scalp for maximum absorption of nutrients. After half an hour, hair must be rinsed with shampoo and clean water. There is another application for avocado and this one requires mixing with wheat germ oil. One-half of a ripe avocado must be mixed with two tablespoons of wheat germ oil. The hair mask is allowed to sit for 20 minutes after applying it on freshly washed hair. This avocado hair mask can be used once a week. Hair must be shampooed and washed thoroughly after each application.
Olive oil is a popular choice amongst the best cooks and chefs in the world for cooking and various raw preparations. However, the kitchen is not the only place for this versatile ingredient.
Olive oil treatment on hair is indicated for hair conditioning and strengthening. Massaging olive oil into the scalp and hair strands soften the tresses and add body. Hair experts recommend the use of pure olive oil in massaging the scalp and hair for at least 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with a mild shampoo. Many argue that leaving olive oil on hair overnight offers best results, especially if the goal is to prevent further hair breakage. Meanwhile, some recommend the mixing of olive oil with honey for best results.
Castor oil also comes highly recommended by hair experts in order for hair to get thicker since it contains fatty acids and Vitamin E. Castor oil has another huge benefit in that regular use prevents hair fall. When applying this treatment, the oil must be massaged into the scalp using circular motions. Others recommend mixing coconut oil with castor oil in equal parts. Coconut oil helps dilute the mixture for easier application because castor oil has a naturally thick consistency. After covering with a warm towel, the mixture must left on hair for at least an hour and then rinsed off with shampoo as soon as the time is up. With this kind of treatment, hair tangles are removed and
There are many other home remedies for stronger, softer, and more manageable hair. Here are the some of the most highly recommended treatments:
One of the most popular remedies for thinning hair is aloe vera, which benefits hair and scalp in many ways due to its moisturizing properties and ability to restore the scalp’s delicate pH balance. The gel is extracted from the succulent aloe vera leaves and applied directly to the scalp and left to sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing. Some people mix aloe vera gel with coconut milk before applying the mixture on the scalp. Meanwhile, other shave developed the daily habit eating one tablespoon of aloe vera juice for healthier hair.
The condition of a person’s hair is also dependent on his or her overall health. No matter how effective the abovementioned home remedies are, they will only be truly beneficial if the individual maintains a well-balanced lifestyle. This means that for truly beautiful, luscious, and strong hair, a person must follow a good diet and perform regular exercise daily. Taking in nutritious foods and the right amount of water daily ensures that the hair is amply supplied with the nutrients that it requires to grow strong and healthy. Meanwhile, regular exercise ensures that the blood circulates well, thus bringing to hair cells all the substances that they require.
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Help For Relaxed To Natural Hair
Below you will find 5 steps to help you transition from relaxed to natural hair within a matter of months.
1. Transitioning Relaxed To Natural Without The Big Chop
Many women don't want to cut their hair in order to transition from relaxed to natural. They opt for the long term transition.
This is where the natural hair is grown out without cutting the relaxed ends until you are comfortable with the length. Waiting a period of 6 to 18 months before cutting your hair will give you 3 to 9 inches of hair.
If you're looking to avoid cutting your hair too early just follow these steps repeatedly throughout your entire transition.
2. Transitioning Hair Styles Tips
Protect your hair while going natural. This is extremely important to protect against breakage and damage. Here are a few ways to protect your hair for maximum hair growth during your transition:
*Cover hair at night with a silk or satin covering
*Wear protective styles such as buns, updos, braids or weaves.
*Keep hair moisturized daily
*Avoid products with mineral oil, sulfate, and petroleum
3. Moisturizing Transitioning Hair
Transitioning hair needs moisture. Natural hair that is curly has harder time retaining moisture. Natural oils have a harder time traveling down the hair shaft of curly tresses.
You can use natural hair care products that are rich in nutrients that deeply penetrate the hair shaft to make hair softer and more manageable.
Moisturize daily. This is a must to maintain healthy hair that grows.
4. Be Patient With Your Transitioning Hair Before You Big Chop!
It takes a few months for you to transition and you must be patient with your hair during this process.
Cutting your hair too early may be a shock to you. Curly hair appears shorter due to shrinkage after it's dry. Be mindful of this when checking the length before doing the " big chop ".
While you're transitioning, this would be a good time to see what types of products, styles and methods work best for you hair.
Take your time and start a journal or diary to chart your progress. This will help you to see how far you've come. It also gives you a little inspiration along the way.
5. Encourage Yourself With Support
You're not alone! There are several women that have been right where you are. They are actively helping other women transition to natural hair.
Many have successfully transitioned with natural hair support. They have videos, blogs, photos, recipes, and styling techniques.
They're also willing to share their journey with you! Please stop by and see for yourself by visiting the Healthy Hair Zone Group on Google+ today!
This is a quick guide on how to grow black hair longer and thicker. African American women can have healthy hair whether transitioning, relaxed or natural. We will discuss hair growth, protective styles natural hair care products and much more!
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Black Hair Growth
Let's take a moment to dispel the black hair growth myth. Black hair grows no matter what you do to it. It grows just like so called "white hair" and both are classified as "human hair". So why is black hair in a category of it's own? Here's the evidence that you need to understand why this is hard for some people to understand that black hair grows.
Clear your mind and think for a minute. How often do you get a touch up? Relaxers and hair dye touch ups are usually applied to new growth right? And hair grows from the scalp and not the ends so this new growth, must be a sign that black hair grows!
The problem lies within our ability to retain length. The length of our hair depends on how well we take care of our hair ends. This is crucial for any hair care regimen, black, white or otherwise. Not convinced? Well let's put it another way.
Take a picture and measure your hair. Do the same thing next month without trimming or dusting in between. Your measuring tape should measure 1/2 inch of new hair growth. Now just imagine if you gained and retained 1/2 inch of hair every month. Your hair would be longer do to your ability to retain those hair ends. So just how do you retain length?
Protect Your Hair
Protect, protect, protect! I can't say this enough. Protecting your hair with styling is just one way of growing your hair. Let's take it a step further. Do you cover your precious strands at night while you sleep? What kind of products are you using and what are the ingredients? What about the tools and accessories that you use? Are they safe for your hair? The answers to these questions are the starting point to longer and thicker hair.
Throw out all of the products that you spent money on but never use. Grab a cute little basket and begin to collect all your hair care "keepers" making sure to store them in a area that is close to your bed. This way even when you are dead tired you can reach for your moisturizer and satin bonnet before you get some shut eye. Toss out all of those hair accessories that tear, rip, and break your hair. Replace them with ouch less and metal free accessories. Update all hair tools to ion, ceramic or tourmaline. These updated hair appliances are especially made with your hair's moisture retention in mind.
Invest In Your Hair
If you're interested in caring for your hair at home then you need to be equipped similar to a hair salon. Take all of your new tools, products and accessories and begin to organize them. Set up a hair care station equipped with a comfy chair and mirror. Purchase a hooded dryer, or a heating cap, for rollers sets and deep penetrating treatments. Create a regimen and begin to journal all of your trial and errors.
Speaking of Journal
Take pictures, jot down improvements and goals. Make note of the changes in your hair whether good or bad. This is a crucial step in building confidence in maintaining your hair at home. Even hairstylist do this. A card is kept on each client detailing each visit. You should do the same, after all you are the one in charge of your hair not your stylist. She is only there to assist you in achieving your goals.
If you've ever been plagued with hair issues such as shedding,breakage or split ends the treatment is usually just a change of products or regimen. Let’s take a look at some of the causes behind these common hair issues while addressing how to treat them in order to gain longer and thicker hair.
From time to time I receive an email, simply stating “ Help! My hair is breaking and it won’t stop!” Well the first thing that I always say is "calm down!" I know that our hair is very important to us as women but how we perceive our hair is of greater importance. If you begin to think that you have difficult hair you may find it hard to believe that anything can be done to cure your hair issues.
The most common cause of hair breakage is dryness. When anything is dry it has the tendency to become weak. Think about how your skin feels and looks when it’s dry. Skin can crack and bleed. Hair is no different. Using a good natural moisturizer and oil will benefit your hair in two ways. It deeply penetrates the air shaft and also helps to soften and smooth the cuticle. Deep conditioning is equally important. Remember if your hair is chemically altered (hair relaxers and dyes) make sure to deep condition weekly!
Another common cause behind hair breakage are hair tools. Using metal free elastics and satin or silk hair accessories will help prevent breakage. These items may cost a little more but it’s a great hair care investment. Get rid of small tooth combs and hard bristle brushes too. Replace these with wide tooth combs and plastic covered bristle brushes instead. Goodie brand has a wide variety of hair accessories that not only look good but also is built to protect our precious strands.
Shedding can be a tricky one. There are many biological and regimen factors that can cause shedding. A few of them are hormonal, medications, hair products, scalp conditions, poor diet, and stress. Basically, you have to use process of elimination when it comes to shedding. A good rule of thumb is too assess your health with a professional health care provider. It could be as simple as an adjustment to medication or some form of scalp treatment for a fungus, another common aliment that causes shedding and hair loss. Also, hair sheds as apart of our natural hair cycle, so seeking one on one help from a cosmetologist or dermatologist can quickly rule out the many causes of hair shedding.
In order to repair and prevent split ends, you must pay special attention to hair ends. Begin with a good trim or hair dusting. Once you have even and split free hair use a natural hair oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil to seal the moisture into your ends daily. Reduce the amount of heat that you apply to the hair shaft and ends. Opt for roller sets instead of flat irons and air dry instead of using a hand held dryer. The less direct heat the better if you are trying to get longer and thicker hair. If you do choose to use heat be sure to apply a heat protectant first. Use protective styling, and as mentioned above deep condition hair often.
Last But Not Least, Grow Baby, Grow!
Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. A healthy body grows healthy hair! Take advantage of this time to reconnect with your entire body inside and out and in the process you'll be gaining longer and stronger hair.
My natural hair story takes place in Philadelphia Pa. My Mother was especially skilled as a Kitchen Beautician. She used all of those old school techniques to grow my hair to waist length. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do the same as an adult. She had what you call “growing hands’.
My mom used hair grease, blowdryers, curling irons, and hot combs, My hair was thick and luscious. She would wash my hair every other week and press my hair occasionally, between ponytails and cornrow hairstyles. To keep my hair style she cut pantyhose and tied a knot on top to keep my hair covered for bedtime. I still remember trying to rub away that line I got on my forehead from the nylons.
In the summer, my hair usually was in cornrows. My mom sometimes used beads to secure the hair ends. I recall riding my bike up and down the street all the while having the sound of those beads as my theme music. Ahhhhh, the good old days!
Some weekends we would go for a drive in my mom’s Buick Cavalier. My favorite trip was to Germantown Avenue to get hair accessories. We usually would buy packs of barrets, headbands, and of course more hair beads. My mom would point to each pack that she thought was cute and say, “what about these?”. We left with loads of goodies and when I got home I would crack open the hair can (originally a Christmas Popcorn Can) and add the new stuff to my collections.
As I got older my mom began to give me some tips on how to care for my own hair. Back then is wasn't really popular to wash your hair in the shower like “white girls’, black girls used the kitchen sink! She showed me how to to wash my hair by demonstrating on her own. She leaned into the sink of running water and warned about not rinsing out the soap good. She then showed me how to gently comb my hair with the conditioner still in to help with the detangling process. I learned some good lessons from my mom and I’m forever thankful for her instruction.
When I turned 13 or so I wanted a relaxer bad. Mainly, because most of my friends had one. I thought is was so cool that they got to use a curling iron on their hair because I was still using the hot comb. I remember watching my childhood best friend twirling the curling iron barrel to make Shirley Temple curls for her ponytail. I envied the fact that she could just wash, blow dry, and use a curling iron to make the cutest styles. Against my mom’s advice I got a relaxer. She actually, took me to her hairstylist and it was an amazing experience! I actually had the chance a few years ago to visit that same stylist and she remember me and my mom. She said she didn't have many clients with that much hair so how could she forget.
By the time I reached high school, I was doing my own touch ups, washing, and styling my hair. I even started trimming my own bangs. Before I graduated, I was consider one of the girls in school that did hair. After graduation I went straight to cosmetology school. I graduated in record time and returned for their student teacher program. Unfortunately, the school shut down before I had the chance to earn my teaching certificate.
After graduation, I worked in a salon for two years before I switched careers. I started working for the government at 19 and worked both jobs until an incident at the salon provoked me to suddenly quit. The entire experience was something that I’ll never forget I also learned a lot. Unfortunately, the pay and long hours was a huge determining factor for me to walk away from doing hair all together so I continued to work in my current career and I have no regrets.
I no longer do hair but I enjoy blogging and vlogging about it. It’s a hobby of mines and the love for healthy, beautiful hair just increased when I became natural. That in itself was a learning experience. In cosmetology school when it came to ethnic hair we learned how to straighten it and that was the extent of our education. So, this entire journey was all new to me. Learning from other naturals was a big help. I also learned a lot by trial and error.
In 2009 I did a semi big chop! I transitioned for 7 months and had about three inches of new growth. I planned to do a long term transition without the big chop but I woke up one morning and changed my mind. I decided to cut off the relaxed ends. I shocked a lot of people by doing this but they were equally excited to see what would happen with my natural hair over the next few months. Within a year I grew my hair back and then some. It was past shoulder length and thick like I remember as a child.
Did, I mention that this was my second big chop….. yup, I was 5 years natural up until I had my daughter and then I relaxed again. During that time I only straightened my natural hair like I was taught in cosmetology school. My hair was heat trained (heat damaged), and I wore it straight most of the time. Back then my hair was around bra strap length. The first time I went natural it was completely by accident. In the late 1990’s, girls in Philly rocked a crop top. Remember the rapper Eve with her short cropped blonde hair? I wanted that look, so I went to the barber at my salon and had him give me a nice fade! I’m not sure why I never got a relaxer again, it just kinda happened.
This time around, I’m fully committed to healthy hair. It was the sole reason I went natural the second time around. I have no intentions on ever getting a relaxer again. I love my curly hair. I barley use heat except for my hooded and handheld dryer. I threw out my flat iron over a year ago and when I want straight hair I roller set. Right now my go to hairstyle is the wash and go. I try to use products with natural ingredients and when I get frustrated with my hair I just throw it into a bun. My regimen is really simple and straightforward.
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