Archive for ‘Natural Hair’

03/29/2011

Twist Out for Prince

My hairstyle for the concert was a twist out I did the night before….I washed my hair with the Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo, Conditioned with the Hello Hydration Conditioner, Deep Conditioned with Aussie 3 Min deep conditioner.  As my leave in I used Kinky Curly Knot Today and  Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing smoothie with Castor Oil to seal the moisture! Here are the results…

 

 

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03/23/2011

Phases of hair growth/ pH and hair

Phases of Hair Growth

Your hair has 3 phases of growth that complete more than 20 cycles over the span of your lifetime.  The hair is a  keratin (protein)…the same kind of protein that make your nails. The protein in composed of oxygen, iron, nitrogen, hydrogen, sulphur, carbon and phosphorus.  The bloodstream nourishes the hair through the dermal papilla. This is why diet, exercise and what you put into your body affects the appearance of your hair and how it grows.  Drink plenty of water, eat green leafy veggies, and fruits. The hair bulb is what produces your hair pigment or hair color.  As you age the production of pigment slows down and this is what causes grey hairs.

RANDOM HAIR FACTS:

Hair grows quicker in the winter seasons than summer.

You have anywhere from 100,000-150,000 hairs on your head.

When your hair grows it’s not growing in unison…different hairs are in different phases.

The structure of hair is made up of three layers which are:

Medulla-(inner layer) looks almost like a honeycomb would look like.  Poor health, drugs and medicine directly affect the medulla.

Cortex-(middle) Contributes of strength, color and texture.

Cuticle-(outer) Coated with Sebum which gives hair its shine.  If this layer is damaged your hair will become wear and fragile.  This layer protects the Cortex.

 

This is where the ph of products come into factor when considering which ones are better to use for your hair so that your hair thrives and is protected! The pH of hair when wet is in a range of 4.5-5.5. This is when the hair is its strongest because its balances and it is recommended that you only manipulate your hair when wet. When it comes to pH Alkaline solutions open your hair cuticle and Acidic solutions close the cuticle.  Water is Neutral at a pH of 7 HAIR DYES are alkaline because they open the cuticle and alter the color of your hair.  RELAXERS are too because they open the cuticle and break down your natural hair bond & relax your normal texture.

 

These phases are of hair growth:

Anagen (GROWING PHASE)- Your hair is in this phase 80-90% of the times in which it grows continuously for a period of 3-7 years at a rate of 1/2 per month.

Catagen (TRANSITIONAL PHASE)- Your hair detaches from the hair supply, your follicle shrinks 1/6 of its size.Telogen

(RESTING PHASE)- Final phase of hair growth in which your hair sheds, the follicle falls off and is replaced by new hair.

03/13/2011

Combating Frizz….

Natural Hair is more prone to frizz.  Frizz can also come from over processed hair, excessive colored hair, humidity etc.

Frizz is when

-the cuticle of your hair sticks out instead of laying down smooth

-there is a improper balance of moisture and protein

******STRAND TEST*******

TAKE A STRAND OF WET HAIR, WET IT AND STRETCH IT OUT! IF IT BREAKS IMMEDIATELY THEN YOU NEED MOISTURE…..IF IT STRETCHES OUT WITHOUT BREAKING OR BOUNCING BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL CURL PATTERN THEN YOU NEED PROTEIN.

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WAYS TO COMBAT FRIZZ…..

-SHAMPOO LESS FREQUENTLY-use a Low Poo, No Poo or consider Co-Washing if your hair will allow it…(it doesnt work for everyone)

-DEEP CONDITION WEEKLY- For added conditioning add Coconut Milk to your Conditioner.

-USE A LIGHTWEIGHT CONDITIONER

-AVOID PRODUCTS WITH SODIUM LAURETH/LAURYL OR AMMONIUM LAURETH/LAURYL SULFATE-These ingredients in products have been known to strip natural oils and moisture out of your hair.

-DO NOT TOUCH YOUR HAIR- After styling hair and it is still wet AVOID PLAYING IT YOUR HAIR UNTIL COMPLETELY DRY.

-UTILIZE YOUR SATIN SCARF/BONNET/PILLOWCASE- Reduces friction on your style while sleeping.

-MINIMIZE USE OF GELS-Gels that contain alcohols can dry your hair out. Instead consider using a Flaxseed Gel.

-NEVER TOWEL DRY HAIR- Instead use an old T-Shirt and squeeze excess hair using minimal friction.

-USE ESSENTIAL OILS- Such as Jojoba, Coconut, Castor, or Olive Oil just to name a few.

PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER

Infusium

Garnier Fructis

Hot Oil Treatments

IC Fantasia Smoothing Serum

 

 

 

 

03/06/2011

It’s the 10 Hair Commandments….NATURAL THAT IS…..

I was going through some old Essence magazines in efforts to make an inspiration board and I came across and old article entitled: THE FIVE COMMANDMENTS FOR GOING NATURAL. It had some good tips but there are a lot of other things to consider when going natural …..

1. FIND A REGIMEN that works for you (shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioners and styling products.  Your hair is unique and a regimen that works for me may not necessarily work for you.

2. PROTECT YOUR ENDS this includes keeping your ends moisturized and protected.  This is especially important in the harsh winter months because your hair is constantly exposed to the elements, rubbing on your coat or scarf and this causes breakage.

3. DETANGLE WITH CARE use a wide tooth comb, Denman brush or tangle teaser to GENTLY detangle hair.  Some naturals gently detangle hair with fingers before washing to remove major detangles.  When washing I usually section my hair in fours to easily detangle.

4. HAIR SHOULD ONLY BE MANIPULATED WHEN WET.  unlike relaxed hair natural hair is fragile when dry and easier to manipulate without breakage when wet.  It will be easier on you and your hair if you style when wet.

5. SLEEP WITH A SATIN/silk bonnet to protect and fight breakage.  If you are a wild sleeper you can take it a step further and sleep on a silk/satin pillow case in case your bonnet or scarf comes off.  This can help to preserve styles as well.

6. WATER, WATER, WATER- water is the best moisturizer for your hair & rink plenty of it.

7. STEER AWAY FROM HARSH SHAMPOOS- harsh shampoos can strip the natural oils from your hair and can cause hair to become dry and brittle hair.  Try creamy cleansers for example I recently tried Curls Creamy Cleanser which contained NO silicons, mineral oil, or petroleum.

8. BE MINDFUL OF STYLING PRODUCTS- it’s not completely necessary to go complete organic with hair products but some of the same products you used when relaxed my not take well with your natural hair.  Example-some gels contain alcohol which can dry your hair out…be mindful of you the ingredients…heres a light to tightly curly that contains a dictionary that

9. AVOID STYLES THAT BUT STRESS ON YOUR ENDS- tight buns and pony tails and braids that put too much stress on ends cause then to break as well.  Also avoid excessively brushing your edges.

10. LOVE YOUR HAIR-it takes a confident woman to be natural!! OWN IT!! If you are good to your hair it will be good to you!!!! Following these simple tips and your hair will be healthy!!!

Love

DawnLorrell

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03/01/2011

ATL NATURALS PRESENTS THE NATURAL HAIR EXPERIENCE

Since going natural in 2009 I have always wanted to go to a natural hair expo. Mainly for the experience and enjoy other women who embrace their natural locs….this one caught my eye because its affordable and is on for one day so it makes a nice get away trip for the weekend

 

 

 

 

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO @

atlantanaturals.com

01/16/2011

NewYEARnewHAIR Blowout




Happy 2011!!! New Year…New Hair. I decided to bring in the new year with a different look….not only because it was time to trim my ends but because I really wanted to see how much length I retained from the previous year.  I only straighten my hair once a year….the first time I let the Dominicans do a “blow out” (which i would never do again…TOO MUCH HEAT) THIS time i decided to straighten my own hair using minimal heat. I washed and conditioned my hair…blow dried on a low heat setting and flat ironed my hair…trimming my ends in the process….ALTHOUGH it rained the first couple of days I enjoy the short lived time I had with my straight hair but I love my curls……=)
12/31/2010

My Favorite Protective Style

12/01/2010

Must have hair products…

These are products that I use on a consistent basis…only thing missing is the coconut and olive oil…

10/26/2010

Winterizing your Natural Hair

With the weather changing its important to pay attention to your hair.  The winter elements can dry your natural hair out causing it to break and split.  In the winter months remember to….
-keep your ends moisturized
-attempt using a no poo method (this may help with your hair drying out)
-pay attention to the fabric your scarves and hats are made of (wool and cotton scarves or hats can put stress on your hair causing it to break or split) this also goes for your coats as well. 
In the fall and winter months I dont do wash and goes! My focus is more on protective styling.  This includes braids, twists, quickweaves, or sew ins.  Anything that will protect the ends of your hair.  I only wash once a week making sure I do a deep conditoning when I wash or a hot oil treatment to keep your hair moisturized.
At night I continue to use my coconut oil for moisture and my satin cap to protect my hair while getting beauty sleep! =)

10/04/2010

Natural Hair Ingredients

Most naturals pay close attention to the ingredients in products that we use in our hair.  Avoiding ingredients with mineral oil and sulfates.  This website contains a ingredient dictionary that comes in handy when identifying ingredients in products.

tightlycurly.com/ingredients/

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