Natural hair is dry; I have yet to meet a natural haired girl or guy with naturally oily hair. We all produce natural oil from our scalps, however due to the nature of curls or coils twisting, turning and zigzagging around and around the oil does not get to the mid shafts and ends. This leads to dry parched hair, which leads to split ends. The split ends lead to breakage and often leads one to think that their hair is not growing. I usually tell clients the hair has no trouble growing out of the scalp. Everyone’s hair grows; the breaking at the ends negates whatever growth happens. Here are some tips for retaining the length: 1. Use sulphate free shampoos, as sulphates will dry out your hair more. 2. Wash your hair no more than once a week with your sulphate free shampoo. Use a silicone free conditioner or co-wash for the rest of your washes. Remember to use a microfibre towel or a cotton t-shirt to blot the water out of your hair. 3. Deep condition weekly with a moisturizing treatment using heat to help the product penetrate the cuticle. This heat can be via a hooded dryer, a heating cap or a hot towel wrapped around the head. Leave the treatment on for 30 minutes. 4. Get a protein treatment once a month. However, if you use a blow dryer, curling iron and/or flatiron on your hair – or your hair is coloured – you need protein treatments more than once a month to restore the strength to the hair. Heat styling robs your hair of moisture and elasticity. Limit the use of heat and always use a thermal protector. 5. Sleep with a satin cap or use a satin pillowcase as cotton pillowcases absorb moisture out of the hair. 6. Keep your hair moisturized every day, give more attention to the extra dry areas. Moisturize your hair morning, afternoon and bedtime. Take a spray bottle filled with water, a couple squirts of conditioner and styling gel to work or school for use when you notice your hair drying out. 7. Use penetrating oils. Avoid products that contain silicones, petroleum and mineral oil. 8. Get regular trims to oxygenate the ends so that they can better absorb the moisture.
Keep your Scalp Healthy with this Tip Once a week, give your scalp an exfoliating scrub treatment. This will slough off any dead skin cells and product buildup, making your scalp healthier and relieving any itchiness. Here are some suggestions for scalp cleansers: 1. Add brown sugar to DevaCurl One Condition and scrub. Rinse. 2. Aloe Vera juice – spray onto scalp, scrub and rinse. 3. Tea Tree oil – apply directly onto scalp, leave on for 15 minutes. Scrub and rinse. Cleanse, condition and style hair as you normally would. This is a great and inexpensive way to keep your hair in tip top shape.
Many of our clients, old and new, ask us for tips on how to grow their hair. Here are our Top 7 Tips on how to grow your curly or natural hair. 1. Use curly hair friendly products Using moisturizing products that don’t contain parabens and sulphates or silicones. You need a cleanser, conditioner, leave in conditioner, a styler and a sealing oil. Using the right products will keep your hair moist and prevent it from breaking. 2. Deep Conditioning Treatments Deep condition your hair with a moisturizing treatment at least once a month. For tighter curls, deep conditioning once a week is recommended. 3. Scalp Care Take care of your scalp by cleansing and rinsing throughly. A healthy scalp results in stronger hair strands. 4. No Bleach Stay away from bleach if you are growing your hair. If your hair is coloured, deep condition with a protein treatment once a month and a moisturizing treatment every week. For protein treatment, we suggest you go to a hair salon to have a treatment customized to your hair needs. 5. Regular Trims Get regular trims to get rid of split ends. Trimming or dusting helps the hair to absorb moisture throughout the ends. Hair has no trouble growing out of the scalp, it’s maintaining healthy ends that retains the length. 6. Diet Eat a diet rich in lean proteins, lentils, nuts, leafy greens, carrots, beets, fruit etc. Drinking lots of water helps in maintaining your overall health. Some vitamin supplements have been known to also help. 7. Satin Pillow Case or Cap We recommend sleeping on a satin pillowcase and/or a satin cap. This not only prolongs your curly set, but protects your hair from drying and breakage. Cotton will absorb the oils out of your hair.
Our friend and Curl Specialist Krista has an online course to learn how to style your curls! Here is the link: https://styleyourcurlswithconfidence.mykajabi.com/
This is our best seller! It has multiple uses: • you can use it as a cleanser or co wash • you can use it as a conditioner and rinse it out; • you can use it as a leave in; • you can use it as a styling aid; • it can be used on kid’s hair. Why We Love It We love using it in our hair and in our clients’ hair for the hydration that it gives.
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One way to add moisture to your hair is by using coconut oil. Rub it in your scalp to the ends. You can leave it on your hair overnight and then co wash or shampoo it out with a no sulphate shampoo. Condition with a moisturizing conditioner (e.g DevaCurl One Condition). Spritz with water to dilute conditioner rather than rinse it out. Apply a hair butter (or Heaven in Hair) and then seal with your favourite curl friendly gel for hold (e.g Earthtonenaturals Curl Enhancing Jelly). To maintain moisture and o refresh your curls, make a spritz with Rose water, Aloe Vera juice and a cap of vegetable glycerin. Spritz your hair every morning and evening or as needed. This will improve your moisture level tremendously. Spritz Recipe: • 1/2 bottle Rose water; • 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Juice • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine or more, the dryer the hair the more glycerine you need. You’ll be amazed at the results.
Tiny “Z” shaped ringlets and shallow to deep “S” curls define this curl pattern. Coarse, densely packed, tightly coiled. Appears resilient but is actually very fragile. Won’t shine but can have sheen. May feel moisturized but not look it. Commonly referred to as 4a, 4b and 4c curl patterns. 4a – Tightly curled but has a visible curly-kinky texture. 4b – Kinky texture when dry, but is actually a looser curl pattern when wet. Very little visible curl definition. 4c – Very tightly curled with a short, “Z” curl pattern. Texture remains tight or has even more shrinkage when wet. No visible curl definition.
Cup a handful of curls in your palm and gently squeeze while lifting up towards your scalp. Repeat the scrunching all over hair. Next, scrunch your hair with a microfiber towel to remove excess water without jeopardizing your curl pattern. Curly Clue: Terrycloth towels cause frizz. Microfiber soaks up water but helps curls keep their shape and remain frizz free.
Type 3 hair includes lightly curly to very curly hair patterns that are well-defined and springy. Curly hair has a lot of body and can be easily styled in its natural state or straightened with a blow-dryer. Despite its appearance, type 3 curls are soft and fine rather than coarse. Here are hair tips you can’t live without, from naturallycurly.com 1. Use the right tools – a wide tooth comb is a must have 2. Find the best products – choose medium weight products like Deva Care No-Poo 3. Damage control – make sure to always use a detangler
We hosted a winter hair care workshop by Susan Walker, ND, Founder of Earthtone Naturals, makers of the Curl Enhancing Gelee, a product we recently started using and love. Here are some winter weather tips that can make your hair look and feel its best throughout this season. Deep Conditioners are your best friend A GOOD, well formulated deep conditioner (emphasis is on GOOD) will soften the hair and add elasticity to it. It will contain oils and ingredients that not only coat the hair but can actually penetrate into it. After your hair is deep conditioned, it should feel soft and moisturized. If possible, deep condition every time you cleanse your hair whether you choose to use shampoo or co-wash. This is the first step to maintaining the moisture level in your hair. You Need to Use a GREAT Moisturizer A good moisturizer will hydrate and nourish the hair deeply within the hair shaft. Water based products are necessary. Oils do not moisturize, but act as sealants. An effective moisturizer should contain water, humectants, emollients and occlusive ingredients. Water is extremely important to ensure the hair stays hydrated within the cortex (inner most layer) of the hair. What other ways do you keep your hair moisturized and protected in the winter? We want to hear from you.