Baby Hairs Or Breakage!
Your nape and sides, are more prone to breakage and damage, due to friction and constant movement at night. So, it is vital that those areas are protected and moist to retain length.
Here are a couple of tips to
save those precious strands of hair! Sleep with a satin bonnet at nightMoisturize and seal at night, concentrating heavily on the back of your head, temple area and hairline areaUse thick oils like olive oil or diluted castor oil to create a protective barrier between your hair and fabric Purchase a silk or satin pillow casePurchase a silk or satin sheet setAnchor your bonnet, scarf or baggy on your ears to avoid slippage Remember, your nape and sides are just as important as the rest of your hair. If you see short strands of hair in those areas, it isn’t quote on quote “baby hair” its definitely breakage! Photo Courtesy Of http://www.maneandchic.com/2010/05/curls-to-know-caitlin-for-photogenics.html
Protective Hair Style For Short Hair
Finger coils and comb coils are two great styles for short hair! Just because your hair is short doesn’t mean that it will not be receptacle to breakage or fairy knots. Not only are coils a wonderful way to protect your precious tresses, they are stylish and simply fab!
Reposition Your Bun To Prevent Hair Breakage And Tension
Hair buns can be sassy and classy depending on how you style them. The problem that buns pose is the amount of tension that is caused by installing them. Although buns can be a perfe
ct way to protect your ends and retain length you don’t want to cause breakage in the middle of your head where the bun is located.
To properly style your hair in a bun use a ouch less ponytail holder or chinese sticks and gently brush your hair smoothing it to the back with a boar bristle brush. You want to make sure that you change the location of your bun through out the week to prevent tension from building and impacting one specific area of your head. Try repositioning your bun from high to low or the middle of your head. Apply shea butter or alcohol free gel to lay down your edges, then use a scarf to help flatten and tame wild edges and your nape area.
Sulfates ,Parbens, Mineral Oils, & Silicones Have No Business Being In Your Conditioners
We all have heard numerous times to avoid shampoos that contain harsh chemical ingredients like sulfates, paraben, mineral oils, and silicones but, are we forgetting to check the label on the back of our conditioners. Most women use conditioner way more often to co-wash their hair ,so it is vital that you find conditioners that contain healthy chemical free natural ingredients to properly care for your hair.
Cowashing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo helps to infuse moisture back into the hair without stripping the hair of its natural oils. The main benefit of sulfate free conditioner is that it reduces hair dryness and irritation of the scalp. With a healthy scalp, you can avoid dandruff, flakes and itchiness. Sulfate free conditioner can also help you protect color treated hair, and give your color more lasting power. You will also notice that using a sulfate free conditioner will allow your hair to become become silkier, softer and shinier. Parabens are another ingredient to avoid because they contain cancerous ingredients that could potentially cause adverse medical effects. Not only does parabens cause the threat of causing terminal diseases, they also cause skin irritations that could lead to unsightly scalp rashes.
Mineral oil is a ingredient that you want to stay far away from because it is derivative of crude oil or petroleum that is used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. Petroleum coats the scalp and hair by creating a barrier coating that inhibits the ability for hair to breathe and absorb moisture which is vital for black hair. Silicones coat the hair strand and stops moisture from entering the strand which defeats the purpose of co-washing.
Hair Banding Method To Reduce Shrinkage
Hair banding is a great method used to elongate natural hair and reduce the signs of shrinkage.Shrinkage can be natural hair’s arch nemesis. Women with kinkier hair types are more prone to shrinkage opposed to women with a looser curl pattern, although they too suffer from shrinkage,but the effects are not as severe.
This method can be easily accomplished by stretching your hair out with the use of ouch less ponytail holders. The holders are twisted tightly along the shaft of the hair manipulating the curl pattern to become looser. Band each section of your hair starting near your scalp, laying the hair downward then wrap the band around the each section. The bands should be left in your hair for a longer period of time to see optimum results. This method can be preformed on wet or dry depending on how much you want to stretch out your curl pattern.
Hairfinity’s Hair Care Tip On How You Should Apply A Protein Treatment
There are two types of protein treatments that can be used. The first is the kind that will be washed out, and the second is a leave-in treatment. For wash-out protein treatments, they should be applied to towel dried hair and covered with a shower cap. Most of these treatments require 30 to 60 minutes to elapse before rinsing. You should refer to the directions of your specific treatment. Another way to do a protein treatment is to apply it to dry, unwashed hair. Leave the treatment in all day, then rinse out. Examples of protein treatments are Essentious Rejuvenate Strenthening Protein Treatment, Aphogee Protein Treatment, and Mizani Kerafuse. Follow your protein treatment with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. For leave-in treatments, you would follow your normal shampoo and conditioner with a leave-in protein treatment. This is not rinsed.
Can Natural Hair Become Damaged By Bleach Or Harsh Dyes? Absolutely!!!!
If You Are A Blonde Or Already Have Light Tresses Highlight Or Bleach Them Naturally With Lemon Juice!
Lemons contain high levels of citric acid. Citric acid opens up your hair cuticles with the combination of UV rays from the sun and oxygen, the bleaching process begins. Lemon juice is very acidic which helps to naturally lighten the pigments in your hair. The sunshine UV rays are responsible for the bleaching ,while lemon juice magnifies the affects. If your hair is already blonde or naturally light, lemon juice is highly recommended to reduce the signs of breakage and damage.
Color-treated hair is more vulnerable to damage and breakage whether you are natural or relaxed. Bleaching your hair penetrates the cuticle with chemicals and removes your natural pigment, It changes the structure of your hair, making it more susceptible to damage. Once the bleaching process has began you have already altered the strength of your hair, making it weaker.
Hair grows faster in the summer months, how fast well about 10% faster!
During those hot summer months the body must work harder to maintain internal stability and cool down. This leads to faster cell division due to more efficient blood circulation throughout the body, which, causes hair to grow faster.
Sew in’s With The Use Of Weave Caps Block The Birth Place Of Growth Which Is Your “Scalp”!
One of the biggest misconceptions with caring for African American hair is whether to keep the scalp moisturized or not moisturized while your hair is in a sew- in. The scalp produces its own natural oils called sebum oil which helps to keep your scalp properly moisturized with the correct levels of oils. When you apply heavy non diluted oils to your scalp it actually clogs the pores causing stunted growth and product build up. The best way to properly hydrate your scalp will be to use light oils and frequently wash or co- wash your hair. When your scalp is clear of oils, dirt, debris, and hair products it will be able to grow at a accelerated rate.
Many women use sew- ins as their protective style to retain length however, in most cases these hair styles can hinder your growth if you are not properly educated on how to take care of your own natural hair and treat your scalp. The latest technique in hair weaving is using a weave cap to create a stable base for your extensions to rest on. This technique also helps to protect the braids, and weave so that the hair style may last longer, however the weave cap may disable you from coming in direct contact with your scalp to oil it or cleanse that area. The weave cap creates a barrier in between your extensions and scalp, so there is no real way to cleanse or moisturize your scalp.
The scalp is the birth place of healthy growth, so it is very important to be able to create an environment in which your scalp can thrive. Maintaining a clean scalp is very important for optimal healthy hair growth. If you are going to wear a sew-in please make sure to not use a weave cap, you don’t want to overly protect a hair style only to compromise the health of your scalp.