Friday, January 30, 2009
Best if you want to: Teach wet hair to co-operate with a wide-tooth wooden comb that evenly distributes conditioner and detangles without splitting ends. $7.00
I have tried so many combs but I had such high hopes for this one.
Wooden combs are supposed to be great for fragile hair because they are seamless and smooth.
The problem for me was more in the structure than the material. The comb itself is 5 inches long and it's teeth are 1.2 inches long. The teeth are squared at the ends and the space between them is about half a centimeter. The teeth are too narrow and short my hair. If I had seen it in person I wouldn't have bought it. The proportions were not listed on the site.
This comb would probably be better for straighter, less dense hair.
I've read that the Mason Pearson also has square teeth so maybe I'll go with a bone comb instead.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
-Keep them in the dark bottles they come in. Sunlight denatures oil.
-Store them in cool places away from heat. High temperatures are the enemy of oil.
-Keep the bottles tightly closed after use. Air promotes rancidity.
-If you transfer your oils to transparent bottles, keep them in a dark place like your closet or dresser.
Moisturizing conditioning treatments contain humectants that help keep up the moisture level in the hair which also makes hair softer and more pliable.
A good treatment should contain both. That's why one of the best ways to enhance a mediocre conditioner is to add some extra virgin olive oil (high in EFA's) and honey (humectant).
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Michelle ObamaHer sleek hairstyle
If you have naturally curly or kinky hair, the least-damaging way to straighten it is to blow-dry hair with a comb attachment, says hair stylist Dickey, whose celebrity clients include Michelle Obama. Before styling, use a sulfate-free shampoo (try Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream, $22) to minimize the dryness your hair texture is prone to, and a leave-in conditioner or heat protectant to seal in moisture and buffer heat, he says.
More on Michelle's hair and look at:
**Not trying to start another heated debate**
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I don't know if I looked hard enough but I couldn't find it in Publix or Walmart. I went to Kroger during my lunch break and found it on a bottom shelf with the other organic products.
I thought I got the wrong kind but the only ingredient listed on the label is "Organic Blackstrap Molasses". I went on their site and confirmed that I had the right kind.
The smell is so familiar. I know it's probably used to make some kind of treat that I've smelled and disliked in the West Indies. The taste is bitter. I commend those who drink it for it's health benefits. I don't think I'd be able to get it down.
I've heard many testimonies of soft yet strong hair (and who doesn't love that) after using this stuff. I have to do a little more research before deciding how I'm going to apply this treatment.
I found one way of doing it on a site that promotes natural remedies but I can just imagine trying to glide this super sticky substance (try saying that 5X's fast) down my strands and ending up causing more harm than good.
Simply massage about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of blackstrap molasses (depending on the length of your hair) into your tresses, then cover with a shower cap and allow it to set as long as possible (for an hour or even more, if you can.) Rinse with warm water.I'll definitely keep you guys posted and if any one has any suggestions on how to use it, I'd very much appreciate them.
I do not believe that this brings about any significant or accelerated growth but I know moisturizing my edges consistently has yielded great results like any other healthy hair care practice would.
During my hair care ignorant days, I used the curling iron daily on my edges and nape. Needless to say, this caused damage. Today, my edges are fuller and my hair line is not falling out or breaking.
Jamaican Black Castor oil and Jojoba oil are also excellent carrier oils to use along with your essential oils.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Not if you soften it with moisturizers. Remember who you got that information from. Sorry but hairdressers are not the most reputable people to get hair care information from, if they were, there would have been no need for my research or book. Use protein but ensure your hair is moisturized to keep it softened. I have used protein since I found its benefits for over 12 years. I still use it 2-3 times per month if I need it. Believing hairdressers, is the reason we don't have hair now. I have proven what I say and protein is very needed but you must soften it.
The spirals came out defined and had a lot of hold. A
I tried messing them up but they were very tight because of the short straws
so I smoothed it back with my hands and put on a kinky half wig. My hair is still really soft.
Probably from the S-curl.
With practice, maybe my hair can come out like these two women.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The cuticle layers of the hair are comparable to that of scales on a fish. If you have some experience cleaning fish, you know that the best way to raise those scales are to use the knife against the way they lay.
The cuticle layers of the hair are pointing toward the end of the hair strand. Blasting air in the opposite direction lifts the hair cuticles and making it more prone to damage, tangles and roughness.
Guide the air flow in the direction the hair grows for shiny hair and flat cuticles.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Everyone's hair has specific needs. A product or technique that worked well for someone else won't always work for you. Trial and error is common and necessary to find the perfect fit.
So you're overwhelmed by all the information and products out there, where do you start?
Simplicity is your best bet: the last thing you want to do is go out and buy all your hair idol's products and follow her specific regimen. Follow a basic regimen first and then slowly add the trimmings as you learn more about your hair.
Find your hair twin: Again, there's no guarantee that her methods will work but you can use key details as a guide to finding what will work for you.
Research: If you're thinking about purchasing a line of products, search multiple unbiased sites for customer reviews. Hair boards are particularly helpful if the hair type and texture of the reviewer is listed.
Youtube: Youtube was a tremendous help to me. It's one thing to read a method and it's another to have a clear visual aid. Take advantage of the many hair guru's that post helpful video tutorials.
Learn from bad experiences: If your hair suffered from using a product, toss it. Even if you spent a grip on it, it's not worth keeping if it's causing harm to the health of your hair.
What would your starting out tips be?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
If you prefer to detangle your hair in the shower, like I do, you know getting all that shed hair in the comb is nearly impossible.
I noticed that the water was taking a little longer to go down the drain than usual. I really was in no mood to purchase Drano so I found a natural alternative online:
You will need: baking soda, vinegar, boiling water, bleach(optional)
-Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of vinegar, then pour a kettle of boiling hot water.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
When I initially moved to Atlanta, I went to a salon that used this conditioner on dry hair before shampooing.
The stylist kept telling me how great my hair felt after the treatment. I thought she was trying to get me to buy the product so I just smiled and nodded.
When I got home, I researched the product reviews and after getting a general consensus, I ordered it online. I had to see how well it would hold up at home.
After using it for my steam treatments, I knew it was a definite keeper.
The consistency was just right-not too light or heavy. It made my hair more manageable and soft, the smell was fresh not strong and overbearing, and I had less breakage. I had no complaints.
This is an overall great moisturizing conditioner.
I'm still in the experimenting stages when it comes to my moisturizing conditioners but if I don't find anything better (and I haven't), this is my old faithful. Love it!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
You can only fully appreciate the enormity of a historic moment when you take a look at the past struggles of a people.
People fought and died for this day so future generations wouldn't see anything impossible about a black man being the leader of the free world.
It's possible. Anything is possible.
Here's Johnny Wright on Michelle Obama's heat styled hair:
I say go back to basics and just keep it simple. Sometimes I flat-iron her hair under, or I use a ceramic curling iron to flip it out at the ends a little bit. With a flat iron she’s going to be able to lock the moisture in the hair. Because she has to get her hair done so often, the flat iron is probably the best tool for her. For an updo, I might do some cascading curls according to how formal the event she’s attending is, but mostly I give her a clean sweep up.
Also, to keep her hair moisturized, I use the Shea Butter conditioner from Fekkai and Glossing Cream. It really keeps the hair moisturized. And Fekkai Coiff Anti-Frizz creme is excellent for that. It’s probably one of my favorite products.
In this video, Dr Jindal says we should rub our fingernails together for hair growth ::side eye::
I'm not going to pretend like I didnt do it for three days until I got bored with it, but what benefit does he think it has? Here's what I found on one site:
Monday, January 19, 2009
I've skimmed articles saying not to use plastic bottled water and I've seen videos of experts saying glass is better, but I guess who don't hear, does feel.
I've been taking antibiotics and I'm feeling better now.
Here's what you need to know:
Because water bottles aren't typically washed out and often don't even dry out completely, they become an excellent place for bacteria to take hold. Also, many of the commercial bottles are made with a plastic that is designed to break down over time. The longer the bottles are used, the higher the level of plastic compounds being dissolved into the liquids. (Canadian Journal of Public Health)
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Continued usage provides strength and flexibility to hair.
It high in saturated fats and antioxidants which give the oil a long shelf life.
Because it is not broken down easily, it holds moisture keeping hair soft while preventing breakage.
Other components of EVCO include high amounts of lauric acid, vitamin E and anti-dandruff capabilities.
When I add EVCO to my deep conditioning treatments, my hair comes out soft, manageable and shiny. It's one of my favorite oils for hot oil treatments and it added strength to my hair like nothing I've ever used for my daily regimen. I try to use it in different steps throughout my routine. Love it!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Well, I assume the idea is that cell renewal is most active at night when resting thus enabling new hair growth.
Other than that basic principle, I'm not aware of any correlation between hours of sleep and hair length.
I do know that when we're asleep, our hair isnt subjected to the elements or styling manipulation.
If anyone else can provide any other information, please inform us!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Here are a few tips that helped me sprout and keep some of those delicate hairs.
-Skip the small and tight braids an weaves. I honestly cannot fathom any amount of growth in the middle of your head being worth a hairline that has eroded two inches back. Opt for larger and looser braids in the front and tell the person braiding your hair to be gentle on the hairline.
-Cover them at night. Every night when I put on my scarf, I make sure to cover as much hair as possible. That includes the little hairs on the nape and as far down the side burns as I can go. A night of tossing and turning can reek havoc on those fragile hairs.
-Don't forget moisturize or lubricate. I used castor oil for a while and saw great results and now I use coconut oil mixed with essential oils around my hairline every night. I used to fake "baby hair" in H.S, now I have them naturally!
-Watch out for sulfates in your facial cleanser. When I'm doing my face regimen, I'm always mindful of any product coming in contact with my hair. I always rinse well with water afterward and follow with my bedtime hair regimen.
If you have any other tips that work for you, I'd love to hear them.
I've done this countless times. It results in headaches, dents and bruises.
I found a little tip that helped: Either put a stocking (wave) cap over the scarf after tying it or put a head band on to hold the scarf in place. It's simple and it works.
The cotton pillow case also made me a little weary so that caused me to tie my scarf tighter for fear of it coming off when I tussled and turned at night .
I'm looking into making the switch to satin or silk pillow cases.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Why would a humectant dry out hair?
If you live in a very dry environment, a highly concentrated humectant can pull moisture from your hair onto the surface where it evaporates.
This is why it is important to factor in the climate when measuring out the glycerin to water ratio.
Dry hair scares me to death. I'm too intimidated to experiment, even with all the reviews from people who use it successfully.
How does your mix measure up?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sedu gets most things right. Fine, damaged hair should use a lower setting and healthier hair can take more heat. It's the use of the word "ethnic" that may confuse some people. These instructions are not unique to Sedu. Most flat irons have a similar guide. I'm just picking on Sedu today.
We know that ethnic hair is not necessarily coarse hair. We also know that heat softens the keratin of hair. But there are some people who don't know. Some people may read these instructions thinking that heat setting should be dictated by ethnicity.
Even with very coarse hair, the highest heat setting can still damage or "train" hair. This is how straighter ends/ pieces can come about. The lowest possible setting, to get the desired results, should always be used.
Here are some tips for getting a sleek look without high direct heat:
-Your hair should be well-conditioned and detangled before you begin the straightening process.
-Blow dry or roller set first. I use the tension blow dry method on cold.
-Flat iron in smaller sections
-Pull the hair taut with your hand as you are straightening
-Do the final pass of the flat iron with a comb (comb chase method to ensure even distribution of heat)
-If you still don't have the desired straightness, try wrapping your hair with Saran wrap or a head tie and sitting under a dryer for 10-15 mins.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This conditioner is about $8-$8.50 for 5oz.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Divide the hair in two sections. I did a 1:4 ratio.
Section the back portion to prepare for braids.
Leave the front portion out.
Tuck the single braids into themselves.
You can cornrow or flat twist the front portion.
Put a satin wig cap over the back.
Secure the half wig around the satin cap.
This is my protective style choice for now.
I learned how to flat twist from a youtube video. I'm not perfect. Flat twists grab all the hair on the edges without pulling them out (at least in my experience).
I wish I had a kinkier half wig but I live in the funny part of Metro Atlanta, so they are hard to come by. NY I miss you!
This wasn't the best pictorial, I know. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Tara asks, " Why does my friends type 4 hair get straighter and stay straighter than my type 3 hair if we use the same heat setting?"
The outcome of your results actually have more to do with your hair texture, rather than the type.
You may be surprised to learn that your hair is likely more coarse than your friends. That is, the measure of the circumference of your hair strand is larger than hers. Coarse hair is stronger and less susceptible to damage. It tends to resist processing and straightening.
Conversely, fine hair is very easy to process and is most susceptible to damage from chemical, heat and daily styling. Medium or normal hair doesn't carry any special tendencies (so lucky).
One person can have a mixture of textures on separate areas of their head. You can also find the various textures throughout all hair types. However, a large percentage of type 4's commonly fall into the fine-normal category. Of course, we all know of some exceptions.
The documentary featured an SNL skit in which Steve Martin and Amy Poehler parody an American family struggling with debt. An "expert" gives them a book with a simple title. "Don't buy stuff you cannot afford". The book's straight forward message was something seemingly incomprehensible to Steve.
So here I am, thinking about the new flat iron, steamer and dryer that I want to buy. The guilt always sets in. Can I afford this? Do I need this? It's this hesitation that keeps me from spending beyond my means-lately. Sure it would be great to have these new things, but right now, for my particular situation, it's not smart.
The D.I.Y Steam treatment has been doing the job just fine. For the cheapest ultimate moisturizing experience:
-Apply your favorite oils or moisturizing DC or both to your hair (this is great for hot oil treatments)
-Take a hot steaming towel an wrap it around your head
-Place a shower cap over it.
-Repeat steps 2&3
-Sit under a heat source (heating cap is okay if you can fit)
-Remove after 15-30 mins
*Turbie towels can be found at Sally Beauty Supply.
*Steam treatments should not be overdone, this can lead to moisture overload.
Friday, January 9, 2009
It's Friday and because I have a clear schedule, as usual, I decided to get an early start on my overnight pre-poo. My work bun can finally rest.
The pre-poo included my staples: Extra Virgin Coconut oil, Honey, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I added Organix TeaTree conditioner and Nexxus Humectress to the mix because... they were there.
I mixed the ingredients with a relaxer brush and then applied it to my hairline/edges first as the last pic is supposed to show.
A pre-poo can serve many different purposes but I am using it specifically to encourage reversion, counteract the harsh detergent in my shampoo and for added moisture.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Green Tea contains about a third the amount of caffeine of the average cup of coffee. Caffeine is said to hinder hair growth.
To avoid these headache- provoking, contradictory findings, I asked myself, "Why not go with decaff?"
Of course, it's never that simple. The USDA conducted studies which found that decaffeinated Green Tea contains less than one third of the catechins of the regular tea. Catechins are the main antioxidants and without them the health benefits of Green Tea become insignificant. You know I'm not drinking it for the taste!
-The best way to get the most out of Green Tea is to buy and brew the leaves. They can be brewed up to three times, it contains less caffeine and more Theanine, which decaffeinates the tea naturally.
-That's just not practical for most of us so, organic Green Tea bags it is!
Holly wood beauty oil complex( Castor Oil, Mink Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Jojoba oil, Paraffin Oil, Safflower and other.
I've had a tub of this product for a while (I can not think of anyone that I dislike enough to give it away to) so I know that "other" is Lanolin, Cocoa Butter, Propylparaben and fragrance.
So what's the big deal? A little propylparaben and fragrance never hurt anyone, right? My deal is this product claims to restore moisture to the scalp. This product looks like a grease, smells like a grease and acts like a grease. It sits on the scalp without penetrating (although I'm not sure I'd want it to) and thus leads to major build up. It may be effective at sealing in moisturized hair but I'm very skeptical of it's conditioning properties.
Before you go out and buy these tub-o-grease's, give some all natural oils a shot.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Among starting pictures and length measurements, you should have detailed assessments of the following:
-Breakage and Shedding
-Noticeable differences in look and feel of hair
Also, initially you may not be able to gauge your hair's particular need. This comes with time and experience. This is where scheduling protein treatments or trims is very helpful.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
-Clarifying, moisturizing & detangling poo.
-Steam for 15-30 minutes
-Leave in conditioner
-Flat iron in small sections starting from the nape
-Heat protectant once more.
I have a few discrepancies with this regimen. Three different shampoos seem like a bit much and heat protectant again at the end?
If the person that could potentially be doing your hair has damaged, unhealthy hair, politely end your appointment inquiry, ask for a business card and toss it a couple blocks from the establishment. You should also take a hard look at her clientele . It's one thing to know someone who goes to that stylist and pays a decent price but it's another for that person to leave that chair with over-trimmed, over-processed or fried hair.
I say this from first-hand experiences. There was a special going on at one of the salons in my best friends neighborhood. Long story short, when I went back to my usual hair dresser, her exact words were, "Who did you go to? She messed you up bad. She messed you up real bad." She was referring to the uneven hair cut I received after specifically stating that I wanted a trim. I also sat in that salon for about 6 hours.
You live, you learn.
This is not to say vitamins don't play a key role in the health of your hair. Quite the contrary. Your internal health definitely has bearing on your external beauty. So of course you need vitamins and minerals. Here's what you don't need: Unless you have a genuine deficiency, you don't need to self diagnose and self medicate.
If you have the luxury of having a daily balanced diet (because it's a luxury these days) filled with your daily recommended allowance of vitamins and nutrients, then you would be wasting your money on supplements. That's because in most cases, it's better to get your nutrients from food. The body will also excrete any excess nutrients that it doesn't need. So the idea that taking more, will give you excellerated results is false. If you're like me and you don't eat a balanced diet, then it's not a bad idea to take a multi-vitamin.
I've been taking a muti-vitamin for months now and I truly notice the difference in my roots, nails and skin. Recently, I added a fish oil capsule to the mix and my skin already feels softer.
-I would look for B vitamins, such as Biotin and Folic acid, Iron and vitamin A in a multi-vitamin.
Monday, January 5, 2009
There's also a misconception that I've shared along with many other natural women. It's the belief that thick hair (densely packed) means coarse strands. That is usually not the case. In fact, African Americans tend to have fine, fragile strands. So in order for you to fully describe your hair texture and type I'll further provide you with a little vocabulary from Urbanbella.com.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
There's a lesson to be learned here.
Friday, January 2, 2009
This product left my hair hard and stiff. Period. I promise I didn't use a lot! I literally put a little product in my palms and rubbed it into a section of hair. The nozzle also squirts instead of sprays which is really irritating when you want to cover a large surface area. I won't bore you with the promises and ingredients. I just advise caution when purchasing Nexxus products. Some of them are not necessarily designed with you in mind.
Pre-poo: Oils/ Oils and honey/ Conditioner & oils.
Scalp prep: Spray Apple Cider Vinegar on scalp and let sit for 2 mins
Shampoo: Moisturizing/ Smoothing
Protein: Nexxus Emergencee- 10-15 mins
Steam: Heated damp towels w/ moisturizing conditioner-30-45 mins
Leave in: Protein leave in conditioner
The result of heat styling has a lot to do with preparation. Later on this blog, I'll detail why I think each step is important in my regimen.
A transition to natural.
Beyonce had long type 3 hair as a child. She relaxed her hair as an adolescent but her performance days as a youth began to take a tole on her tresses. Tina Knowles on Beyonce's transition:
It took Beyonce about two years to grow the relaxer out. She couldn't afford to cut her hair off and start from scratch, so we cut her hair a little above her shoulders and trimmed the ends as we went along. Wearing braids during the transition period really protected her hair onstage and saved her style from sweat disaster. When she had to wear it straight for an awards show or appearance, we pressed her hair and used a flat iron. Her hair is not as easy to manage as she thought it would be. Sometimes we curl her hair with a curling iron to give it a softer look. When she had the relaxer, coloring made her hair so fragile. Now, because her hair isn't double processed, she lightens the front without causing much damageBeyonce's hair has probably gone through hell and back dealing with a performer who hasn't stopped to sit down in years. The end result is short, thin hair. As much as I love this hard working, ambitious heat styled natural in all her fabulousness, I can't help but use her as hardcore evidence that no amount of money, no miracle stylist, no celebrity Trichologist, no magic pill and no super grow product can supplement for healthy hair care pratices. Nothing can dramatically counteract the damage that lack of caring for your hair causes. Nothing.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
At 10 o'clock at night on the Sunday before Monday morning work or school, you may be tempted to grab a large section of hair and pass the flat-iron through several times. Don't do it. The best results are achieved using smaller sections (approximately 2 inch sections).
Smaller sections ensure an even distribution of heat while avoiding passing over hair that has already been straightened.
Remember that the results you desire take time, patience and elbow grease so schedule your routine accordingly.