How to Maintain them Wash and Go Styles…

7f4d71ee2f2d2713b27e8af669b16f72No matter of the season, wash and go’s are the go to style for many naturals. Depending on your hair care routine this style could be fairly easy to do while showcasing the beauty of your natural curl pattern which can also be modified into other styles as well. When wearing wash and go’s for a busy lifestyle, it can be helpful to know how to keep your style for 5-7days until wash day comes around.

Here are some tips:

  • Moisture is key: When wearing a wash and go it’s important to moisturize your hair daily. This step will vary from person to person, but praying your hair with water, applying a leave-in conditioner or oils such as coconut oil will certainly add and keep moisture in your hair. If you want to have more elongated curls try not to over wet the hair during this step because this will lead to reversion.
  • Have a consistent night routine: For this step you can use the pineapple method which is pulling your hair up into a loose ponytail at the top of your head in order to stretch the hair. You can also modify this method by doing a low loose ponytail, or even multiple loose ponytails. You can switch up the method however you need to fit your hair texture and length. Just don’t forget to utilize your satin scarf to keep your curls from drying out or frizzing.
  • Curl activation: When you take your hair down in the morning it can be a little stubborn. Using a curl activator or crème will help activate your curls by defining them and adding moisture and shine.
  • No disruptions: Throughout the day it will be very tempting to play with your curls, but if you want your style to last at least a week do your best to refrain! Playing in your hair to much will definitely cause the curls to frizz.
  • Alternate style: If push comes to shove you can always extend the life of your wash and go by adding an accessory, doing an up-do, or another style.
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End of the Year Reflections of Natural Hair Journey

tumblr_n4ctqkrKn51rz4rwyo1_500 858bd242b8c0a9f98257a8495b812c71Coming up on the end of the year definitely causes you to reflect on your natural hair journey. Remembering how many years it’s been since your courageous transition. You would also be lying to yourself and other if you told the story of it being simple and easy. I know it hasn’t been an easy journey but it’s certainly has been rewarding. Most naturals after their first big chop they spend most of their time longing for length. As soon as it reached about shoulder length that’s when you introduced the flatiron to the equation. You probably became obsessed with how straight and soft your hair was after flat-ironing, so you did it often. Sadly you wasn’t thinking about heat damage, which was the farthest thing from your mind since the flat-iron became your best friend. After you seen the damage your new best friend was causing to your hair that took you so long to grow. The wiser you decided to dedicate some time to protective styling your hair in attempt to grow out the heat damage. The end result was about three to four inches of fragile, thin, irreparable ends that you are now forced to cut off. Through this journey I’m sure you have learned a lot about natural hair, and tried hundreds of products. Here’s some insight to natural hair from a professional.

Natural hair is not one size fit all, meaning that just because you have a similar texture as someone else doesn’t mean your hair will turn out like theirs. You might see some naturals who dye the hair often and flat-iron frequently and there is no visible damage. Everyone’s hair reacts differently so until you learn your hairs behavior then you’ll know what’s best for your hair and continue that regimen.

Is it ok to be a product junkie?

It is great to learn your hair and what products work for your hair and stick with that. But products and haircare is evolving more and more everyday so how will you know what other products might be best for your hair if you don’t try anything else. Also hair has season, something like mood swings, sometime the products you normally use just not working anymore and you don’t know why well it could have a lot to do with your diet, and hormone. So as our body language change so does our hair. Different weather also requires different products. We should treat our hair somewhat like we do our body, you wouldn’t go to work with the same pants suits on every day and if you did you would change something about how you wear it to make it look like a totally different pants suit. So why not dress your hair with the same fashion in mind so to speak.

It’s ok to start over again…

Sometime we get so caught up in the length that we grew and don’t want to cut of the damage because we’ll be losing that length. But there’s no point in holding on to damaged hair, damaged hair is like a failed relationship if you don’t let it go it will drag you down with it. And we don’t need that, well you have your whole life to be natural, don’t you want to enjoy it!!!

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Winter Wonderland…

tipsformoisturizedhairinwinter-440x440Tis the season to change your hair care routine to maintain healthy hair. While during the summer you might rely on carefree styles, in the winter is when you really need to pay extra attention to your hair care routine.

5 Tips for Winter Hair Care so You’ll be able to Face the Warm Weather with Healthy Hair

  • If you experiencing breakage it might have nothing to do with how you care for it but a lot to do with what you wear on it. Wool hats and scarves can rub against and pull on delicate hair. Possibly breaking it off at the nape of the neck or the crown of your head. If you live in a snowy climate where you need to wear hats and scarfs the trick is wearing them the right way to avoid damage. Try sewing a satin or silk lining inside your cap, and making sure your hair is out the way before wrapping your scarf.
  • Heated homes and work spaces can dry out your hair, so pamper this dryness with extra deep conditioning. Look for products that hold in moisture and use deep conditioners at least once a week. Although glycerin is a popular ingredient for adding moisture, its water binding properties will have the opposite effect in cold weather. Natural oils are a better option for holding in moisture that comes from water.
  • If you live in a freezing climate, your hair may actually freeze and break if you step outside with wet hair. Wash and go’s are usually go to styles during the spring and summer, but winter requires less wetting and shampooing. You should still shampoo and condition at least once a week, but since you won’t be swimming often there’s no need for wetting.
  • Now we talked about indoor heating draining some of the moisture from your hair. Don’t help it along with flat-irons, blow dryers, and curling wands. Winter is the ideal season to practice setting techniques like pin curls, and wraps that don’t require heat to style.
  • While wearing protective styles is always a good idea for keeping hair ends out the way, they work great for winter styling to help protect hair from harsh weather. Snow, and heat won’t be able to damage your hair as much if you keep it styled in buns, knots, twist, braids and more.
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Love Overdose… How to Avoid Over Processing

dsc00600Two of the most common mistakes when it comes to chemical straighteners are applying relaxer to the already previously processed hair or leaving it on past the recommended processing time. I know it’s cheaper and easy to go to the local beauty supply store and buy a kit then having a professional do it. But these products also make it easier to over process the hair. Sometimes you might look at your roots and say I have too much it’s time for a touch up, this is another risky move. If you don’t allow the recommended time frame between relaxers you could be putting your hair in danger. Yes danger, it is totally a crime to consistently apply chemicals to already processed hair. What good is that doing these over looked mistakes will eventually lead to damaged, over processed, and possible hair loss over time. Even if we can’t afford a trip to the salon and forced to apply our own relaxers, have a trusted friend over to help you to prevent overlapping. But the smartest way to go would be to save your coins and see your stylist for longer healthier hair, at least you’ll be confident that you’re in good hands.

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Can You Feel The Heat…NO!!! How to make it through a No Heat Challenge

hair-straightenerNo Heat Challenge…What is that? This could possibly be the start of a New Life, a New Love and a New Outlook on Healthier Living. You might have already tried one and failed or you’re on one now. Coming from someone who has witness the failures and a few successes, I know it’s not easy. On the first round you’ll plan on going without heat for a year than two months in you will have already flat-ironed twice. By then you realize maybe just maybe you should give it a real go.

Although its best to flat-iron your hair to see the real progress you made, trim split ends, while secretly hiding the fact that you really love the way your hair looks straight. The temptation of slapping those 400 degrees ceramics on that untamed hair to get just a little relief, a more manageable appearance and feel. To be totally honest to much heat could cause more harm then good. Daily use of hot tools will back you in a corner and leave you with no choice but to cut of four inches or more of heat damaged hair… Is that what you really want, to lose the length you work so hard to grow!!!

Well, No Heat Challenges could be your friend! Here are a few ways that you could make it through:

  • Beginning of the End… If this is your first time pulling the plug and you know you love to flat-iron. Don’t start with an ambitious goal like a year, 1-3 months sounds more realistic under these circumstances. But if you think you can withstand the temptation, go for it!
  • Goalie… Each month choose a mini goal that will aid you in your journey. For example, one month you can try to drink at least a liter of water a day. Another month you can add protective styling challenge. Or maybe focus on taking your vitamins every day. Having mini goals in between will take your mind of the glorifying idea of applying heat to your hair.
  • Style Switch… It’s easy to pick up a flat-iron when you’re frustrated with the way your hair looks. Trying out new styles will not only help you enjoy the journey but also show you’re your hairs versatility. You could try up dos, stretched styles, wash and go’s or even braid outs.
  • Accountability… Having a natural sponsor similar to that of an AA sponsor etc. Having another natural to be accountable to during your no heat challenge can be very helpful. This person would help you say not to the flat-iron, help you through air drying instead of blow drying. They would help remind you of why you started this challenge and/or journey to keep you on track. Having someone else to turn to will help keep you from forfeiting.
  • The Documentary… Taking pictures and writing down your progress, it will give you something to look back on and forward to the next challenge. Motivation comes from seeing your hair grow healthier and thicker each month.
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