5 AMAZING Hair Treatments To Give You A Better Hair Flip

Dry and damaged hair can send you running for the hills screaming for a cure. But before you fall into the depths of misery over strands of damaged hair, there is a solution. Hair treatments, which are becoming the go-to option for all these worries, are rising in popularity.

Hair treatments are saving lives not as much as Coconut Oil of course!

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But one can not deny the benefits hair treatments have and how they can help with hair damage. Some of the treatments promote hair growth, others help thicken the hair, and some even help with dry scalp!

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However, with the many options now available, it has become increasingly difficult to select the best option for you. To help you out with this choice, we have searched the markets high and low to come up with the 5 most nutritious and helping treatments (both artificial and natural) that will make your hair shine and prosper once again.

Hair Treatments in the Market:

-CHI silk Infusion:

This bottle of deliciously scented goodies aims to correct the damaged parts of your hair. The treatment is best for those who suffer from thinning strands of hair as well those with over-processed and dry hair complaints.

Its nutrient formula helps to replenish hair proteins and water-content to give you back the shiny strong hair that you once had. Furthermore, CHI silk infusion has been used to relieve the dreadful hair tangles as well, so using this treatment can act as a one-stop solution to all your hair problems.

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-Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff Eaze

This thick nutritious mask for your hair has been credited as one of the best relievers of frizz and unruly strands.

Giving marked effect with only a single use, this hair treatment aims to give your hair the health and strength they had lacked for so long. Its heavenly jasmine aroma is only an added plus to the great benefits of the hair treatment itself.

Natural hair treatments:

-Raw egg:

This hair treatment, although a contradictory option at first sight, is nevertheless extremely beneficial to all hair types.

The egg contains numerous nutrients in its yolk as well as its whites that aim to improve different aspects of your hair health. The egg whites are effective in treating oily hair, whereas the yolks focus on the moisturizing part. This helps to replenish the water content of dry, brittle hair.

In addition, both have a conditioning effect that smooths out tangles and gives your hair a silky gleam naturally.

-Yogurt:

This natural hair treatment aims at rejuvenating the dull hair to bring back its lost shine and luster.

The lactic acid present in it helps to gently remove the dirt from the hair bed while the fat in the milk aims to moisturize the hair strands to give a smoother healthier appearance.

This damage reversal by yogurt has been around for centuries and is surely effective to be present even to this day.

-Beer:

A straight tip of the scales right? Well, this beer is not for drinking. Instead, it is here to serve its purpose as a natural hair treatment for limp and lusterless hair.

It may seem odd, but it is effective. Many celebrities have admitted to using it regularly to get flawless, buoyant hair. Why is it so beneficial? Well, the drink contains abundant quantities of yeast that once applied to those limp locks can plump them up in a jiffy. Come to think of it, this might be the secret behind that gorgeous hair of your favorite actress!

Artificial or natural, we have displayed the top picks that we considered best in the world of hair treatments. Of course, each of them serves to enhance a specific feature of your hair, for a more focused approach.

Whether it’s dry hair that bothers you or limp locks that worry, there is a treatment for every problem. The guide given above will certainly help you on the way to getting your hair treated best. Choosing the one that suits you the most lies on you. So which treatment will you be using? Comment your picks below!

 

About the Blogger:

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A medical student with a passion for writing, Aiman Ibrash has written for many sites focusing on career and health. Combining her knowledge with her unique writing skills, Aiman Ibrash has started her climb to fame, for which she devotes much of her free time. Besides juggling medicine with her passion, she still finds time to enjoy reading and cooking in her free time. You can also see more of her work here.

How To Not Be a Product Junkie & Commit To A Hair Routine

Being a part of the natural hair community is a wonderful thing. Having support from others whom share struggles, goals, and experiences similar to yours can be really great. However, there are a few habits one may pick up when wanting to perfect hair health or trying to find the perfect product. In the natural hair community, we call that a “product junky”.

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 A product junky is someone who shops endlessly, searching for a product to spark some type of magic and create those magnificent, non- frizzy curls.  With so many brands to choose from today, the search can literally never end.

Ladies, it’s not just about the product, it’s your hair routine that really does the job. You can spend hundreds of dollars on products and still lack the results you seek. When you create a hair routine that’s suitable for you, it’s a match made in heaven.

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It is important that you have a relationship with your hair. You want to be able to know what your hair likes and dislikes, then put in the time to bond with it for added growth. With that being said, how do you know what works for your hair?

Know your hair type/pattern

Wavy, curly, extremely curly or kinky – This means the shape of your hair strand. You can determine the type with the help of this photo.

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Determine your hair texture

Coarse, medium, or fine – This means how thick the individual hair strand is.

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These two things can help you figure out which products to choose. H2O is one of the most important and easiest products to get a hold of. Some people prefer rose water because it is less harsh on the hair, you can test your water pressure levels at home, to determine whether your area produces hard water pressure or not. If not warm water is okay.

Find a cleanser that best suits your needs, if you are worried about harsh chemicals make sure you read the ingredients and lean towards natural cleansers like; black soap, apple cider vinegar and castile soaps.

Side note: for those with locs who want to maintain healthy hair. I suggest you keep things to a minimum, like choosing a cleanser and oil for your scalp as well as using water or Aloe Vera plant juice. You don’t want to put too much product in your locs because it will get trapped into your hair and can cause build up which can lead to mold.

Next, find which essential oil/s work for you. Do you prefer something light and moisturizing like coconut oil? (Which I believe works well for all hair types). Or would you rather thicker oil that helps promote thicker hair? Remember when using a thicker oil such as castor or vitamin e oil, you want to focus primarily on the scalp. A good amount is in between a dime and quarter size, try not to overdo it.

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Conditioner is another important part of the hair treatment. This will provide moisture to your hair and also serve as a treatment.

Side note: those with locs, conditioner is not necessary to put into your hair. This again can cause build up leading to mold and can possibly loosen you hair, oil will do the trick.

A tip when conditioning hair is washing 80-85% of the conditioner out and leave the rest in for moisture and to act as a leave in. You save money this way by only having to use one product. However, if that is something you feel uncomfortable with, listen to your intuition instead.

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Finally for those with extremely curly and kinky hair types, you want to think about using a cream to finish sealing in that moisture; wavy and curly patterns are not excluded but using less product is recommended. Personally, I like to make my own little concoctions of Shea butter and essential oils of choice. This option is more convenient because I own the products already and I am aware of exactly what is in it.

Lastly, we come to developing a scheduled routine. I recommend moisturizing your hair 2-3 times a week. Maybe before you go to bed you can oil your scalp then a day or two after you will repeat the same steps.

I hope to have given insight and knowledgeable tips to help aid in your hair care. Consistency is important; when your hair can trust you it will work with you, if you work with it!

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For more tips, inspiration or just fun pics to look at follow me on Instagram and tag me in your hair photos!

 

 

nicole.jpgNicole attended Cosmetology school in the year 2014 and ever since then has been developing knowledge and skills in all aspects of the Cosmetology field; most importantly Natural hair care. She enjoys learning healthy ways to take care of her hair and sharing that knowledge with others who struggle with not knowing what to do with their hair. Nicole has attended workshops and programs specifically catered towards Natural hair care, as well as held an assistant position since graduating cosmetology school, at salons in the Philadelphia area. She hopes to continue to educate and grow a following of curious, courageous and health inspired individuals.

How To Protect Your Hair From Chlorine

Pool parties and beach trips might be everyone’s favorite summer time fun activity. Who wouldn’t want to throw on a bikini with a sassy cover up and strut around with a margarita in hand?

Most of us spend hours online searching for the perfect swimsuit and researching the perfect hairstyle, but did you ever stop to think of researching how to protect your hair from the chlorine?

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No matter how ratchet or fancy a pool is, you can guarantee that there is a ton of chlorine in it. The chlorine helps keep the pool clean and eliminates any bacteria that can form inside of the pool. This is great for keeping your health safe but can be detrimental to your hair.

Chlorine can cause your hair pH balance to shoot up and dry your hair out. It only takes one pool dive to cause damage to your hair and yet it takes months to repair it. This is why it’s important to take the proper precautions to your hair by doing the following:

WEARING A SWIM CAP – You might be thinking “well, DUH!” in your head but I bet you probably don’t even wear one when you’re swimming and who could blame you? Think back to summer of 97 when everyone was sent off to sleep away camps with swim caps packed away (thanks to mom). It wasn’t exactly the most stylish accessory and it was very uncomfortable. Thankfully, you have innovative brands like Sporti who make cute swimming caps in different styles and colors.

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Wearing a swimming cap is your number one defense against Chlorine. It’s the most protection you can get for your hair while taking a dip in the pool. By creating a barrier against the chemicals and your hair, you are saving yourself a ton of damage. A good alternative could be a plastic cap or shower cap also. If you have a lot of hair, just throw it back into a scrunchie on the top of your hear or in the back and then place the cap over it.

RINSE OR CONDITION BEFORE SWIMMING – If you’re not sold on the idea of wearing a cap, then I suggest rinsing or conditioning your hair before you go into the pool. By doing this, your hair will absorb the water which means less absorption of chemicals when you go swimming. By putting in conditioner it also creates a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. You can also use shea butter or coconut oil to create a barrier to protect your hair.

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WASH YOUR HAIR IMMEDIATELY AFTER SWIMMING – I don’t care if you have braids, twists, extensions, or even faux locs, YOU MUST WASH YOUR HAIR AFTER SWIMMING! A lot of people think since they have “protective styles” in that they can skip out on shampooing their hair after swimming. You’re doing more damage than you think.

The chlorine that your hair absorbed while you swam can be trapped inside the hair if you don’t wash your hair. This could mean weeks of chlorine sitting in your hair causing your hair to dry. You can still shampoo your braids and use a squeeze bottle to get into those strands that are braided. I personally prefer crochet braids because they are easier to get into.

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Now that you are armed with knowledge use that power to give your hair the treatment it deserves. I know August is a big time for people to travel and hit up pool parties so if you plan on going under, I suggest taking these tips so that your hair remains healthy.

Death to DIY: You Should NEVER Clip Your Own Ends

Death to DIY! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Pinterest recipe showing me how to make my own stuffed avocados and creating fun art for my home decor. I’m always stalking Buzzfeed video to find out new crafts to make but one thing I’ve never done myself nor intend to do, is clip my own ends. You may see me styling my hair but hand me a pair of scissors and i’m like…

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I’ve been styling hair for over 25 years and I’m licensed in cosmetology along with certifications for hair loss, still you will never see me grab a pair of scissors and place them to my hair to clip my ends. It’s something I have always preferred another stylist to do.

So you had to imagine the look on my face when I was on Youtube University and I saw hair bloggers, who had never studied cosmetology, teaching their viewers how to clip their own ends.

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First off, cutting hair is a skill! If it wasn’t, there wouldn’t be thousands of students spending thousands of dollars to learn how. You need to leave the tools in the experts hands. When you attempt to cut your own hair with little to no knowledge, you risk doing more damage to your hair and I guarantee that you will pay the price.

Why Cowashing Your Hair is a HORRIBLE Idea! 

Think about all of the DIY videos you watch on Home Depot on how to build objects for your home. Would you build your own home based off of one video? Of course not. You would hire contractors to do the job. Invest the money now to save in the long haul. 

Second, How can you expect to get the right angle if you’re cutting your own hair? How can you be sure that you are cutting at the proper angle if your head is naturally leaning to the side so that you get a good view? If you’re going for a perpendicular triangle look then by all means clip away but if you want a straight line, go to the expert.

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Lastly, Your hair may not even be in the right state to properly clip off the dead ends. I clip all of my clients hair after a proper wash, blow dry, and press (if not relaxed). I’ve seen plenty of DIY enthusiasts try to take short cuts and ruin their hair. You can not clip it while in a fro and you can not clip it while wet. If you really want to be lazy, just go to a stylist.

If you’re avoiding the salon to save money, I suggest going every other month. You’re supposed to get your ends clipped  every 6 to 8 weeks, that’s plenty of time to scramble a few coins for a press and curl with a trim ($40). Some salons have deals where you can get that style cheaper on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so call around and ask. If you think it’s a waste of time because you’re getting a protective style, it’s not! You want to treat your hair before adding extensions anyway to protect it and your stylist will do that for you.

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5 Chic Updos That Will Have You Slaying Your Night

TGIF Ladies!

The weekend has finally arrived and that means a night out of fun with the girls or romance with “bae”. One thing for sure, wherever you decide to go you’re sure to look your best. You may even planned your outfit for the night and already envisioned the poses you’re going to do for your Snapchat selfies, but have you decided what you’re going to do with your hair? For some reason we always forget about that until it’s moments before leaving out. Instead of having a mini break down with your hair, take a look at our fav simple updos that will help you slay your night!

1. Double French Braid into a Bun – very simple updo that can be completed within minutes. All you have to do is part your hair down the middle, do two loose french braids, and pin the hair up in the back. It’s a style that will have you looking like a Goddess with your gladiator sandals.

 

2. Classy Pompadour– A great style for thick curly hair. Just roll, tuck, and pin the hair from the back leading to the front. When you get to the top take the rest of your hair and roll it into a pompadour. You can pin this down with however many bobby pins as you want. Just be sure not to make it too tight.

 

3. Cornrow Braid Pinned Style– If you’re looking for something a little more secure, then braid your hair in two cornrows and pin it up in the back. You can even loop it through like the picture below.

 

4. Pinned Curls – If you wore your curls out all day, push it up for the night! All you have to do is roll, tuck, and pin the hair from the back leading to the front and leave out a nice amount of your curls. It’s a great updo that works for all types of adventures.

 

5. Braided Bun– If you’re in a rush, this is a great style for you. Part a section in the front of your hair and braid it all the way down. Put all of your hair into a bun and pull out a few pieces of your edges for a simple yet chic updo.

Death to DIY: Cowashing Hair is a HORRIBLE Idea!

I’m sorry to break it to you, I didn’t want to be the bearer of bad news. I know you’re probably sitting in your chair ready to go off in our comment section, but before you do hear me out. I dedicated my time to this blog to provide credible tips from licensed stylist & hair care specialists from all over to prevent you from making the same mistakes many of my hair loss clients made. I have a license in cosmetology and a slew of certifications in hair loss. Now that I have shown you my receipts, I can continue on and possibly save you damage.

Cowashing is the practice of washing hair using nothing but conditioner. When the concept first appeared on the hair scene, I could not help but to cringe at how many naturalistas were ditching shampoos for conditioners. As a professional let me tell you this.

Conditioners do NOT cleanse the scalp!

The goal of washing your hair, is to clean your scalp remove any build up from your hair. Cowashing does not do this. Many seem to favor it because it gives the hair a slippery feel causing them believe that their hair is not only clean, but moisturized. Not true, your hair is supposed to feel “dry” because that means it’s clean. If it’s not clean you get a little slide. You need to cleanse your hair with shampoo to remove the dirt and debris. Technically you’re supposed to shampoo your hair every two or three days to keep your scalp at it’s optimum condition but a week or two will suffice. Any longer and your hair will start to get oils which are a big problem with DHT and hair loss. The oils mix with DHT on your scalp and that causes a reaction to your hair follicle leading to hair loss.With conditioner, your strand just keeps getting coated with more oil and conditioner causing build up which will lead to breakage.

It’s a regimen that concerns me and I see too many women promoting it to ignore. It could be with this whole DIY thing that is causing them to do it. In my field we don’t encourage this, not just because it’s  our way of making money but because it’s our expertise. We’ve been doing natural hair since the beginning of time. When I was a kid we got shampoo, press, and curls by someone else managing our hair. Once in a while we would get it done at home, but we always went to a salon. I have a few clients who come only once a month, some even every two months. No one is saying you should be in the salon every week, but it’s time to start trusting the experts if you want to see improvement.

 

What You Need To Know About Traction Alopecia

Have you noticed your edges thinning? Do you see your scalp when you pull your hair up? You could have Traction Alopecia and it is NOT something you want to sleep on. Recently a woman found this out the hard way after removing an install at the hair salon exposing her receding hair line. Unfortunately, this has been a common for many millennial women and it’s time to stop ignoring it and address the problem.

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Traction Alopecia is a form of Alopecia also known as gradual hair loss. It’s caused primarily by pulling of the hair. This can occur with styles that pull the hair like ponytails, braids that are too tight, anything that gives excess pulling like barrettes. We’ve seen this occur on a few celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Tamar Braxton, Jessie J, and now I’m seeing it on a daily basis with my own clients.

Don’t be mistaken, Traction Alopecia isn’t just affecting women of color. Traction Alopecia has been around long even before weaves. I would say it’s probably more prevalent among African Americans because of the current trendy styles in urban culture, but it can also come from barettes which were around before weaves. I’ve come across many ballerinas that deal with the hair loss as well due to the tight buns that are worn frequently. Any type of hair pulling is detrimental to the hair follicles but I admit when it comes to Black women, the hair loss is very common. They are getting braids and extenstions and getting it done tightly because they think it will last longer that way but it is actually doing the opposite.

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You should take immediate precautions for your hair and take the steps to prevent Traction Alopecia. You can prevent Traction Alopecia by:

  1. Wearing hairstyles without the tension on your hair. Some people worry about their edges in their hairstyles looking puffy, but you don’t need to have your hair pulled so tightly that it raises your eyebrows.
  2. Switching up the hairstyle so that there isn’t constant pulling to your hair. If you’re always about that bun life, make sure you are wearing your hair down in between to give it a break.

 

If you do see it don’t let it go untreated, if you do the follicle will begin to miniaturize it and the hair that once grew there will not be able to grow because there is no room for the strand to grow. If you begin to see it go see a hair loss specialist immediately for treatment. As long as the follicle is living, it’s repairable so the sooner the better. Have you noticed thinning in your edges?