Tag Archives: dry hair

LINK: 8 Things Your Hair Says About Your Health

14 Nov

This article gives you 8 hair red flags. It tells you what it may mean, other clues that can help you determine the cause of the problem, and what to do about it. Some of the red flags include dry brittle hair, thinning hair,  and yellowish flakes on the scalp. The article has useful information, and it may offer some answers for people who are experiencing some of these conditions.

Read the full article: HERE

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Pro Tips and Tricks: Moisturizing Natural Hair

28 Sep

Tania writes:

I always tell my clients that dry, brittle hair needs to be nourished. Properly nourished hair is never thirsty!

NO PETRO! – Do not use petroleum or mineral oil based products. They are topical agents. Meaning when petro or mineral oil is applied to the skin and/or hair it does not get absorb. It literally leaves a layer or film on skin and hair. And this layer makes skin and hair feel smooth or soft but doesn’t increase the moisture content. The film doesn’t allow healthy ingredients to penetrate the hair or skin because they become what we know as ‘product buildup’.

Try to use plant and nut oils and butters such as olive, coconut, almond, jojoba and/or shea, mango, and aloe butters. These oils & butters will get absorbed allowing the hair and skin to be properly nourished.

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER – This is the first step in moisturizing or nourishing the hair. Shampoo and conditioner lays the foundation for everything else you plan to do to the hair.

The first shampoo is always a cleansing shampoo. Good rule of thumb this shampoo is clear in color. It should remove all product from the last hair style.

The second or last shampoo (depending on the regimen) should be a moisturizing shampoo. Good rule of thumb this shampoo is typically creamy, white or yellow in color. It should actually feel soft on your hands.

Final step is conditioning. The conditioner should be one that is rich in humectants. Humectants by definition are substances that promote moisture retention. Natural humectants include honey, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E, panthenol (a form of pantothenic acid – Vitamin B5), collagen and elastin.

TREATMENTS – When the hair is extra thirsty it will require a moisture treatment. Deep moisture treatments are typically thick and creamy. It will be packed with humectants and vitamins to restore the moisture. These treatments normally require heat because heat allows the hair shaft to better absorb the nutrients within the treatment.

Nature has some of the best treatments 10 Olive Oil Uses, Honey Deep Treatment, Cucumber Treatment.

Overall, you have to be proactive in keeping your hair nourished. Pay attention to amount of blow drying, flat ironing, and type of products you use in your hair.

About Tania:
Beauty is the business of Tania Chandler. With over 10 years experience in the industry, she has been recognized as the natural hair care expert. Specializing in caring, styling & repairing locs, double strand twists, pressing, weaves, & her favorite – easing clients through the process of transitioning back to Nappyness 😉 . She prides herself on staying educated & keeping up with the latest trends. Her work has been featured in film/TV, print, runway, and everyday beauties such as yourself! She currently services clients in Baltimore, MD & Central PA.

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Q&A with Natural Stylist~Aminah

2 Aug

On a previous post, I asked you all to submit some questions you would like to ask a natural stylist.  Aminah Lawson volunteered to answer the questions you asked.

Background on our natural stylist: Aminah is 33. She’s originally from Boston, MA and currently residing in Greensboro, NC. She has been a licensed stylist for the past 7 years, and a natural stylist for 4 years. As a stylist, her focus is to show her clients the versatility of their natural hair.
Q. Do you have any home made recipes? If so, what are they?
A. No I don’t have any recipes to give out, but there are a lot of wonderful sites where you can find some great info.
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/beauty/hair/
http://www.longlocks.com/hair-care-recipes-cookbook.htm
http://www.ehow.com/way_5166768_natural-recipes-hair-growth.html
Q. I have 4b hair and its always dry. What can I do to keep it moisturized?
A. The key to moisturizing the hair is to begin with a good shampoo then follow up with a conditioner. Always begin with a deep cleansing shampoo, to get rid of build-up (2-3 washes). Once you shampoo well, if needed follow up with a moisture shampoo, and then use a deep moisturizing conditioner. Here is a list of products to try
1. Created by Nature: Chinara’s hair n body wash, Lateef’s herbal conditioner  2. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree special shampoo (cleansing shampoo) 3. New Era, Moisture Shampoo and Hair moisturizer (deep conditioner)
Q. I am just learning about how to style my natural hair, what are some tips for dandruff control, how do I use hair rollers? Also, what’s the best way to care for young girls’ crowns without the tears and without the chemically infused “no tears” products! Thanks
A. Pt. 1: First, get some Paul Mitchell Special shampoo (generic version is sold at Sally’s). If it is really bad, do a hot oil scalp treatment by applying Olive oil to the entire scalp, then sit under the dryer 10-15 min. Then, take a fine tooth comb and gently life any dry scalp, then follow up with the PM shampoo (2-3 washes) until the scalp is clean. This can be done as often as needed, until the scalp is under control.
Pt. 2: If you are using rollers, just use water, the key to a good set is actually the tension that is used when putting the rollers in. The best kind of roller to use to ensure good even tension are the mesh rollers. If you are doing a rod set, or spiral set, using a light weight foam like Bronner Brothers or Jane Carter is good because it will give you a nice flexible hold.
Pt. 3: The best thing, is to make the child comfortable ( I usually put my god daughter on the counter and let her lay her head back, and prop a towel under her neck), and I use the same products, that I use on myself (Created by Nature)
Q. How often should we trim?
If it is being worn straight or free (twist set, fro) every 6-8 weeks to maintain a good shape, if it is being worn in braids every 2-3 months or in between styles
Q. My hair constantly sheds. What can I do about that?
A. First, it is important to know that naturally the hair sheds 150-200 strands daily. This is more noticeable during certain times of the year. Everyone has a shedding season, resting season (no shedding, no growth) and a growing season. During your shedding season, it seems to be more noticeable because it tends to be more hair. Every now and then it is good to get a protein treatment. Protein (Keratin) is what our hair is made up of, and it strengthens the hair, which helps eliminate shedding. A good protein treatment for that would be Duo-tex( Revlon) or Treatment for extremely damaged hair (Aphogee) or Keratin treatment (Aphogee) Please note: Protein treatments, should not be done anymore than every 6-8 weeks, too much protein can dry the hair and cause breakage.
Q. How should I get rid of buildup?
A. By using a deep cleansing or clarifying shampoo 1-3 times until hair is squeaky clean. , if you have locs, ACV rinse is good. For the best results, shampoo1 time then apply rinse and work through the locs, working build-up out if the hair. Once all surface debris is out, rinse the hair thoroughly with warm water and shampoo 1-2 more time until hair is clean and free from any visible build-up
Q. What styles can a person do with little complication, lol, at home with long locks?
A. A bun, corn row the locs then take them a loose to give them texture,
Q. How do you seal in moisture? I have heard people say they use shea butter for that?
A. Shea butter is an oil, Oil does not provide moisture. Shea is good as hairdressing, but to “Seal in Moisture” the product must enter the cuticle. The first thing is to shampoo the hair (which opens the cuticle) and apply a good moisturizing conditioner. You can sit with a cap, or do a steam treatment, or sit under the dryer with the conditioner. This will allow the conditioner to penetrate the cuticle and enter the hair. When rinsing use Tepid-cool water, this will help close the cuticle enabling moisture to stay inside the hair. Once this is done, the hair has received moisture.

Aminah also has a line of natural hair care products, Created by Nature.  Visit her website  http://www.createdbynature.ecrater.com/

Thanks, Aminah.  If you have questions that weren’t answered in this post, please put them in the comment section.  You can also comment on what you read in this post.

Product Review: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration

18 Jul

My current regimen involves relying more on co-washing (washing with conditioner only) than shampooing.  I still shampoo if I feel like I need it, but conditioner usually does the job. I like to switch out my conditioners sometimes because they seem less effective if I use the same one for too long. 

My favorite conditioner to use right now is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (the blue bottle).  This was chosen as one of NaturallyCurly’s best of the best for 2010.  Of different conditioners I’ve tried, this one has worked the best. It also leaves a nice scent too.  I usually rotate this  with Herbal Essences Totally Twisted (the purple one/french lavender twist & jade extracts).  This also works well and smells good. I also use the HEHH as a leave-in.  I put a little in a spray bottle and mix it with water. 

 5 Reasons Why I love Hello Hydration

1. It leaves my hair feeling soft and moisturized

2. It works as a leave-in too

3. It smells great! (Orchid & Coconut Milk)

4. It is easy to find (sold a grocery stores, walmart, target, etc…)

5. The price is wonderful.  (Usually about $5 or $6 for 23.7oz.)

My next step is that I want to try some organic conditioners to see how I like those, and I want to focus more on making my own.  I will still keep a bottle of this around.