Treatments for your hair in between protective styles

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2017 Hair resolutions

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1.Have friends who share your texture means you can forge a partnership that includes sharing tips, tricks and motivation to maintain a routine.

2.Remember to let your hair lay free every once in awhile. The constant pulling and tugging of certain styles can wreak havoc on your edges and ultimately, lead to breakage.

3.Beauty does truly start from within. Before you go crazy buying products and vitamins, remember that simply shifting to a healthier diet will do wonders for your hair and scalp.

4.There’s no such thing as the “perfect” or “right” kind of hair, so why continue comparing what you have to others? Spend more time learning to embrace the tresses you were born with; no matter the pattern, they’re fabulous and uniquely you!

5.Trust your gut when deciding how to rock your hair and worry less about fitting in. Whether you want to rock it straight, transition to locs or wear a voluminous fro, no look is out of bounds!

6.You never know who’s having trouble embracing their texture, so support your fellow curl friends whenever you can. Compliment them on their look and don’t be afraid to accept the same in return.

7.A big change doesn’t always have to be a big chop or color change. Sometimes, discovering fresh new styles via YouTube or Instagram can be just as impactful.

8.Bloggers and vloggers are a great resource for tips, tricks and product recommendations. Do some research and start following one that shares your curl pattern; you’ll be living your best hair life!

Hope this was helpful. Have a wonderful 2017!

Things to consider before colouring your hair

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Taking your hair to the next level with colour can be a really exciting experience. Colour can jazz up a boring puff, add dimension to locs and twist outs or really turn heads as a simple statement piece on TWAs. While going darker, adding lowlights or colouring within your natural colour range won’t cause you too many problems. The drastic colour leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural colour) can really take a toll on your hair.

Curl pattern changes: Yes, colouring textured hair can sometimes result in temporary, unpredictable changes in your hair’s curl pattern. Sometimes, the changes are permanent.

Increases in hair porosity: When porosity increases, dryness becomes a major complaint because moisture is next to impossible to hold securely within the fibre. Your hair becomes like a bucket with holes poked in the sides. Miss a regularly scheduled deep conditioning and you may find yourself parting with strands prematurely. A strict, moisture and protein focused regimen is absolutely essential if the hair is to thrive in this condition. If you never cared before, now is definitely the time to learn how to balance protein and moisture sources in your regimen!

 Loss of Elasticity:  Elasticity refers to the ability of our hair fibres to stretch gently and return back to their normal shape and character without damage. The elastic quality of our hair is what makes putting our hair in a ponytail or drawing a puff effortless. When hair lacks elasticity, it does not move, bend and recover when pressured like healthy hair does. it simply gives up under pressure and snaps in its fragile condition. Again, moisture and protein balancing become critical for establishing elasticity because it’s that careful mix of moisture and strength that gives our hair the ability to resist breakage from being stretched and handled day to day.

Horrific Colour Result: Colour is very, very unpredictable and all the swatches, box comparisons and focus groups in the world can’t prepare you for the end result you will be able to expect. Why? Because colour uptake is dependent on a number of factors namely your hair’s current colour, porosity and texture (strand size). At best, the hair colour on the box is just the product manufacturer’s best corporate guess at what your hair will look like (with a bit of Photoshop.) Sometimes, multiple steps will be needed to get your colour right.

Know that your colour treated hair will be very sensitive to things that you may have taken for granted before (i.e., water, the sun, heat etc.) and undergoing the colouring process sort of assumes that you’re ready to handle a little extra responsibility. Colour treating your hair is not a time to get lazy with your hair.

Rules to grow healthy hair

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By Rosalyn

Read labels :It is very important to check the label before buying a product. Some products consist of ingredients that are harmful to your hair. So please be careful of what you buy.

Protect your hair when sleeping: What’s the point of co-washing, deep conditioning and styling your locks if they won’t stay protected? Between makeup from your face and dirty clothes on the bed, your pillows have already been exposed to plenty of germs. Wearing a bonnet or scarf to bed every night prevents further cross contamination.

Deep condition often : Frequency varies from person to person, but the typical recommendation is 1-2 times a week for 20-30 minutes. The base ingredients should always include a humectant (moisture retainer), water and emollient (softening agent).

Take your vitamins: Vitamins aren’t reserved for special cases; they replenish the body [hair included] of what it’s lost. Before you start taking any, identify what your locks need most and address that specifically.

Eat clean and drink H20: You are what you eat, so make it healthy. No matter your hair type, streamlining certain foods into your diet can directly affect hair health. This is especially important to take advantage of if you’re not a fan of taking supplements. Wild salmon, spinach, walnuts and eggs are just four of many super foods packed with benefits.

Keep your ends trimmed: If your hair is low on volume, but full of tangles and split ends, it’s time for a trim. The general rule is to do this every 6-8 weeks, but it should be adjusted according to your personal routine. Consult with a professional stylist if you’re not sure which direction to go in.

I hope this was helpful.

Onion as a Natural Remedy for Hair Loss

red_20onionOnions are rich in sulphur which makes them great at combating numerous hair loss conditions.

Over the years, onion juice has been known to possess anti-bacterial properties which help with scalp infections that contribute to hair loss, re-growth bald patches, or receding hairlines. This juice can be applied to the hair over a period of time and since it is a natural remedy, it is expected that results will be noticeable over the course of time and not immediately.

To extract the juice from the onion. You can use a blender, grater, or a juicer to extract the juice of the onion but before that you will have to peel a sufficient amount of onions that will be enough for your hair length/volume.

Onion Juice
Massage the juice into your scalp or cover the bald patches. Leave on for at least 15-30 minutes and if you can do longer, why not? You can also put a plastic cap over your hair while you wait. Afterwards, rinse out the juice and follow with a mild shampoo to get the smell out of your hair.

Onion Juice Hair Rinse
Slice about 5 onions and add it to a litre of water and boil for about 15 minutes. Allow it to cool, strain it and use this mixture to rinse your hair after shampooing. You can wash your hair the following day to get rid of the lingering smell.
Onion Juice and Honey
Add a tablespoon of honey to a quarter cup or a sizable amount of onion juice depending on your hair length/volume. Massage the mixture into your scalp, cover your hair, and leave for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Rinse out with water and a mild shampoo. You can also opt to take the onion and honey mixture orally as this will also guarantee hair growth.
Onion Juice and Rum
Carefully chop one medium sized onion, put into a glass of rum and let sit overnight. Strain the mixture the following day to get rid of the chopped onion pieces. Massage the strained mixture into your scalp and wash out or you can use as a hair-rinse after you’ve shampooed. 

Another way is to incorporate onions into your meals for dietary support, this doesn’t work like the other methods but in a good amount of time you will find that your hair looks shinier and is healthier.

Do this as often as three times a week for a month or two, exercise some patience, and you should see significant results in no time.

Henna

 

 

 

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What Henna does:
Henna thickens and adds weight to hair.
Henna makes hair strong and shiny.
Henna gives colour to hair.
Henna gives psoriasis relief.

What to mix with Henna:
To get the most out of your henna session, try playing around with the following ingredients, according to your hair’s needs.

*For softness, conditioning and moisture:
Carrier oils: Coconut oil, Olive oil.
Honey
Conditioner: Protein free conditioner.

*For Colour enhancement:
Coffee (for deeper brown)
Lemon Juice (for brightness)
Green Tea (for brightness)
Paprika (for more red)

*For scalp health:
Tea tree oil
Peppermint oil
Rosemary oil

*For shine, ph balancing and porosity:
Aloe Vera Gel or juice
Apple cider vinegar
Bentonite Clay

How to apply henna on the hair
1. You can use gloves on your hand or an applicator bottle to put henna on your hair. That depends on your preference.
2. Henna should be allowed to sit for about one hour after mixture to allow dye release.
3. Henna should be left for about 1 to 8 hours on hair. Henna can also be left overnight on your hair. The longer you leave it on, the more colour you will get out of it.
4. Henna application is messy so wear old things that you don’t mind getting stained.
5. When the henna mixture is on your hair wear a plastic cap and tie your hair with a scarf.
6. Henna treatment should be done 6-8 weeks interval.
7. Henna can be applied to wet or dry hair but don’t apply on dirty hair.
8. Deep condition your hair after hair treatment.

Please let us know what henna mixture you tried and how it worked for your hair.