Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I apologize for any inconvenience!! My blog is undergoing some new exciting changes ^_~" It should be back up and running in the very near future!

While you're waiting you can check out A Natural Hair Affair over on Facebook. I'm big on current events, and have posted some news articles relating to natural hair; also current hair events in different areas! Let me know what you think, or if you have anything to add!!


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Are you well conditioned?

It's very important to make sure that your hair is conditioned well. It's one of the best things you can do for your hair. Conditioner strengthens your hair by adding a protective layer to it. This is important if you spend a lot of time in the sun, use heated styling tools, wear hats, live where winters are rough, use dyes, wear pony tails, or do anything that causes manipulation of your hair daily.

Smoothes the cuticle- this locks in moisture, decreases the amounts of tangling, minimizes frizz, and adds shine to the hair. Hair appears shinier, and healthier, because with smoothed cuticles light is reflected more evenly.

Green: raised cuticle of strand #1
Pink: raised cuticle of strand #2
In a way the cuticle of your hair acts as a gateway for moisture. If it's raised, then moisture can escape easily leaving the hair vulnerable. The raised cuticles can get caught on each other causing snags, tangles, and breakage. If the cuticle is sealed, then the hair is protected, moisture is locked in and less tangling occurs. 

TIP: If you have dry hair you may want to use conditioner in place of shampoo about every other time you wash your hair. This will help your hair retain moisture without stripping it too much.

There are different types of conditioner available and it's important that you choose the right one for your hair type or texture. Just like there's different facial products for different skin types (oily, dry, combination) the same applies for hair.

Type of Conditioner:
  1. Conditioning Pack- usually thick, heavy and full of fatty acids; typically keep on hair for a long period before rinsing; leave thick layer on cuticle tightly sealing the cuticle
  2. Regular Conditioner- usually applied after shampooing; helps seal and smooth cuticle
  3. Leave In Conditioner- lighter conditioner that leaves a thin coating on the hair; helps with detangling; typically don't contain many oils


Which conditioner should you use?

Fine Hair- heavy conditioners will weigh it down and make it appear dull and limp. Try a volumizing conditioner that's light and will add volume!

Thick Hair- has similarities to curly hair; often it's dry and appears dull. Thick deep conditioner is needed. Ones with fatty acids (jojoba oil, coconut oil, etc) work best!

Curly Hair- almost always is dry, because the natural oils in the scalp aren't able to reach the full length of the strands. Deep conditioners and ultra moisturizing conditioners are needed to moisturize, shine, and smooth the best!

Color Treated Hair- permanent dye lasts, because it penetrates the hair shaft and can replace your hairs natural keratin protein. This is why dyed hair can be dry and brittle. Protein conditioners are a must for color treated hair!

TIP: When applying conditioner, start at the tips of your hair and work your way to your scalp! It'll allow more time for the ends to benefit from the treatment.

Random Fact:
Essential and carrier oils were used for years as hair conditioners. Some were left greasy residue behind if touched. To prevent furniture from being stained antimacassars were created. The name comes from one specific oil used; macassar oil.

Remember these on Granny's couch??

How often do you condition your hair?
What are your go to products?
Do you prefer deep conditioning to leave in conditioning? Why?

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Hair Myth: Trimming makes your hair grow faster!

MYTH: The more you trim your hair the faster it'll grow!
FACT: I've heard this said many times and many ways, but it simply isn't true.


Your hair technically isn't alive, so it doesn't know its being cut. If it were alive then you'd feel the pain from the cut.The only "live" part of your hair is the follicle, which is in your scalp. Trimming split ends off when necessary will make your hair appear to be longer by making it look more uniform and healthy.


Fast Facts:
  • Hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch per month no matter how much you cut
  • Ridding your hair of damaged ends will reduce breakage and help retain length
  • Overall health, genetics, and hormones determine hair growth
  • Hair that's cut short only appears to be thicker, because the width of hair closer to the scalp is thicker than hair farther away

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Transitioning Tips: Breakage

I think one of the top issues I had while transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair was preventing breakage. Breakage is the result of your hair not being strong enough, or able to withstand being manipulated. Even healthy hair can break if the force is great enough and limits are exceeded. Breakage was also a motivator for me to be chemical free. There are a number of ways to stop, and prevent breakage from happening. Here are five tips that I find useful and would suggest to others.

Trim your ends!
I know it can be hard to let go of your hair, but if you neglect to trim your ends when necessary you'll end up losing a lot more in the long run. Some sources suggest trimming every couple of months. I suggest trimming when necessary, because you may not have split ends or damage after 6 months. BUT if you ignore damaged ends they'll literally fray, and split up the hair shaft like a loose rope unraveling. The only way to correct this is to cut it off. There are products and methods you can use to temporarily solve this, but extreme split ends are definitely preventable. Neglect in this way can go from needing a minor trim to needing a major cut! Split or damaged ends can become dehydrated quickly, which leads to brittleness. This brittleness is what makes your hair snap off at its weakest point.

Be mindful when using heat!
Over use of heating tools, and lack of heat protector can lead to damaged hair strands, follicles and/or scalp. All of these need to be healthy to maintain health hair, length, and to prevent breakage. Over time heat will lead to damage if used in excess. Heat damage can come from curling irons, flat irons, hair driers, hot rollers, and even the sun! Constantly applying heating tools to your hair weakens it. You can cause permanent damage the first time you apply a heating tool to your hair by incorrect use!

Maintain a healthy diet!
I don't mean start a crash diet, swear off meat, and sign up for a marathon. You should however be conscious of how healthy, and what you eat. Good nutrition and healthy hair do correlate to each other. An imbalanced diet consisting of too many sugars and fats (for example) can be a cause of dry, brittle hair. Both of these lead to breakage. Eating a well balanced diet will allow your scalp and hair to be at its healthiest condition. If certain vitamins/nutrients are missing then you're depriving your scalp and hair of what it needs to stay strong and to combat breakage.

Moisturize & condition!
Keeping your hair sufficiently conditioned and moisturized will help it maintain its flexibility and elasticity. The more flexible and elastic the strands are the less likely they are to break from tension, stretching, and general manipulation. Water is a great moisturizer, and conditioning your hair while it's wet is one of the best times! Hair absorbs conditioner the best when it's clean, and rid of buildup. I'd suggest washing at least once a week. If your hair is dry, from lack of moisture, then waiting longer to wash it is doing more harm than good. Moisturizers will penetrate the hair and conditioners will help smooth and seal it in. If your hair is breaking very easily, lack of moisture is most likely the culprit.

Beware of tension!
Constant tension on any part of your hair will eventually lead to breakage, thinning, or even permanent hair loss. Tension can come from headbands, elastics, rubber bands, hair ribbons, braids, ponytails, etc. Frequent rubbing (friction) from elastics, for example, can weaken the hair at that section. Over time this part of the hair can break off. Pony tails that are too tight can also cause excessive tension at the hair line. Continually doing this can damage the individual hair follicles permanently, leading to traction alopecia. If you're getting headaches, a sore scalp, or tender head from a style/tool, then it is too restricting!

While transitioning it's very important that you stay aware of your hairs condition and state. Preventing breakage will ease the process, and help you maintain length!

The part of your hair where your natural hair meets the relaxed hair (above in pink) is the weakest of the strand!! It's extremely important to take care while styling, washing, etc. Staying on top of conditioning can help protect this area and minimize breakage.

It can be challenging to blend the two textures of hair while transitioning. Don't let this discourage you!

Style Ideas:

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